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2013-11-23 16:20:16

Kobe Bryant Joins Over 12,000 Participants Who Mobilized to End Homelessness in the Homeless Capital of the Nation LOS ANGELES, Nov. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, United Way of Greater Los Angeles hosted the 7th Annual HomeWalk to end homelessness, a 5k run and walk in Exposition Park in downtown Los Angeles. Lakers star Kobe Bryant, the event's Honorary Chair for the third straight year, addressed over 12,000 participants and gave the official start to the runners and walkers. With 58,423...

2013-09-03 16:27:30

Long-term effectiveness of Housing First to address homelessness to continue to be studied CALGARY, Sept. 3, 2013 /CNW/ - New funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) is ensuring research will continue for an additional four years at the Toronto project site of the Mental Health Commission of Canada's (MHCC) At Home/Chez Soi. By building on the information collected by the MHCC in the world's largest study of Housing First, this research will enhance...

2013-04-30 12:27:20

SAINT PAUL, Minn., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Letter carriers are asking Minnesotans to fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave it at their mailbox to help stamp out hunger on Saturday, May 11, 2013. Sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers, Stamp Out Hunger is the largest single-day food drive in the country. Here in Minnesota, letter carriers hope to collect enough food to provide one million meals--that's 1.3 million pounds of food for those in need....

2013-03-21 20:23:29

CALGARY, March 21, 2013 /CNW/ - The Mental Health Commission of Canada welcomes Budget 2013's proposal to provide $119 million per year over five years to the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, with a new focus on the Housing First approach. "This investment demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to the goals and objectives of the Mental Health Strategy for Canada and is a strong recognition of the MHCC's role as a catalyst for change," says MHCC President and CEO Louise...

2012-03-05 14:49:00

Report highlights the barriers to stable housing and wellbeing experienced by homeless and low-income black families NEW YORK, March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2010, one out of every 141 black family members stayed in a homeless shelter, a rate seven times higher than members of white families, according to "Intergenerational Disparities Experienced by Homeless Black Families," a report released by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. "The unfortunate...

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2011-08-24 15:24:59

  More than eight out of 10 homeless people surveyed by researchers at St. Michael's Hospital and elsewhere have at least one chronic health condition and more than half have a mental health problem. People who are "vulnerably housed"–meaning they live in unsafe, unstable or unaffordable housing--had equally poor, and in some cases worse, health, the survey found. The underlying cause for these health issues is poverty, said Dr. Stephen Hwang, the principal investigator of...

2011-04-13 21:19:12

More than 65,000 youth are homeless across the country The role of family in ending youth homelessness is largely ignored in Canada, according to a report released today by York University, though there is evidence that family reconnection works in Australia and the United Kingdom and in one exceptional program in Toronto. Some 65,000 young people are homeless or at risk of homelessness across Canada. In Toronto, approximately 1,700 youth are on the streets on any given night, about half of...

2011-01-13 00:00:45

National and state by state counts show recession-driven increase in homelessness unemployment, housing cost burden, doubling up shown as indicators of homelessness, Washington, D.C. (Vocus/PRWEB) January 12, 2011 The recession contributed to an increase in overall homelessness from 2008 to 2009, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and family households experienced the largest percentage increase. The increases, coupled with worsening economic and demographic indicators...

2010-11-19 13:06:25

Both groups suffer same health problems, poor diet and barriers to health care For every one person in Canada who is homeless, another 23 live in unsafe, crowded or unaffordable housing, meaning the country's housing crisis is even worse than previously thought, according to Dr. Stephen Hwang of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Those "vulnerably housed" people have the same severe health problems and dangers of assault as homeless people, said Hwang, principal investigator of a new report...

2005-12-20 17:29:10

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Thousands of local programs that house and serve homeless persons will get $1.33 billion in federal grants under a new program announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD said the funds are expected to provide assistance to about 172,000 persons and families living without a home of their own. HUD said the grants were being awarded to nearly 5,000 organizations, ranging from emergency shelters and transitional housing...