On the Streets of Bakersfield : Days at the Park
Many of the homeless in Bakersfield have sought refuge in the public parks. They provide a place with access to benches and shade, and even grills to cook food. Often there is access to water for hygiene or thirst. The parks represent a place where people can gather and feel safe.
Who Wins? Exploring Success and Failure in American Society
Poverty cycles, discrimination, social privilege, and other social controversies come to light when examining the social structure of life in the United States. Rather than considering these as random occurrences, we can identify them as systematic shortcomings fueled by an imperfect culture.
Swift's "A Modest Proposal": A Protest Against Penal Laws
Jonathan Swift’s satirical essay "A Modest Proposal" serves to demonstrate how Ireland’s poverty under England’s penal law system has forced many Irish people to accept and commit otherwise repulsive feats in order to survive. It serves as a satirical critique of the system.
A New Model for Helping the Homeless: Tent City West
Residents of Tent City West have developed a sense of community while running their own temporary housing system inside a West Baltimore school building.
Leah Denbok's Book About Homelessness Offers Art and Hope (Not Entertainment)
Why would the CBC put an article about a book on homelessness in its Entertainment section?
5 Ways You Can Help the Homeless in Your Community
Have you ever had an encounter with a homeless person and wanted to do more to help? Here are a few things that you can do throughout the year to make a difference.
Is Poverty Alleviation a Corporate Social Responsibility Issue?
The article discusses the possibilities for implementing cooperative initiatives as a means of transforming oppressive communities, thereby creating poverty-free societies.
Help for the Homeless: Causes, Realities, and Three Poems
What do we do when they fill up the streets, longing their eyes, and begging for change? When will we recognize the need to help our homeless brothers and sisters?
Surviving the Trauma of Homelessness & Having the Strength to Begin Again.
It is the belief of the average working person, that one can never possibly become homeless, that it can be avoided at all costs... well not necessarily so, even the well prepared, life does happen...
Now Is the Time for Universal Basic Income
Guaranteed basic income for all is not a utopian fantasy anymore; it's become a logical progression of late-stage capitalism. The idea has been around since Thomas Paine and the American Revolution, and it's an idea endorsed by economists and philosophers on both sides of the policial spectrum.
Homeless Periods: A Problem of Poverty, Dignity, and Personal Hygiene
Menstruating isn't considered fun by anyone, but having your period while being homeless sucks in its own special way. Learn how you can help people dealing with both homelessness and menstruation.
Examining Dave Ramsey's Advice to Eat Rice and Beans for a Year
Dave Ramsey's simple plan to save money and pay down debt contributes to the tension between the "haves" and food assistance recipients.
A Rough Draft Model of Self-Sustaining Homeless Shelters
I have had an idea for homeless veterans and families for quite a while. This is a basic rough draft idea for these shelters that are fully self-sustaining, green temporary homes.
Poverty Kills More People Every Year in the U.S. Than Heart Disease or Cancer
Poverty kills more people every year than any other cause and contributes to even more deaths. Why doesn't anybody care?
Social Problems: Homelessness in the United States
A look at a growing problem in the United States and elsewhere. The homeless are a part of the fabric of this nation and yet what to do about it?
13 Poor Life Choices That May Lead to Homelessness
Many claim homelessness is caused by one thing: making stupid, destructive, and completely avoidable choices. This article examines and debunks some of those "poor choices." Have you ever made any of them?
How to Use Your EDD Debit Card to Piss Off Bank of America
Every time you swipe your EDD debit card, you are giving Bank of America money. Don't allow this predatory corporate bank to capitalize on your misfortune. This guide will show you how to stop letting them profit off of your unemployment benefits.
Peter Singer’s Views on Our Obligations to the Destitute and Poor
A look at Peter Singer's 1971 classic essay, "Famine, Affluence and Morality," as well as criticism by John Arthur and Garrett Hardin.
Common Stereotypes and Misconceptions About Homeless People
Learn some of the most common stereotypes, myths, and misconceptions about homeless people in America. Weigh in with your opinions in the comments.
Sweatshop Company Accountability
As companies seek to cut costs, they go to places where there are few or no regulations so they can pay labor as little as possible. Out of this emerges sweatshops where working conditions are brutal, with people working 15 hours a day, seven days a week and make about 40 dollars US per month.
Why Don't Homeless People Just Get Jobs?
Have you wondered why people living on the street don't just get jobs and stop being homeless? Learn about homeless employment statistics, the barriers to employment they must overcome, and share your solutions in the comments.
Waianae Ghetto: Is It Safe on the West Side of Oahu, Hawaii?
The economic hardships—unemployment, substandard housing, homelessness, and inferior education—can be devastating to Paradise.
The Homelessness Problem: 6 Causes and Possible Solutions
So many of the homeless are veterans, children, elders, and disabled people. Here are six ideas to help end homelessness.