No parent should have to choose safety for themselves and their children to be homelessness.
Yet this happens so often. Parents that leave an abusive, toxic or controlling relationship for the sake of their and their children’s emotional and physical wellbeing more often end up in shelters, their cats or couch surfing.
It takes a massive amount of courage to leave. It’s scary, confusing and causes so much stress.
These single parents are not telling their kids how to be - they are SHOWING them how to be. Showing them that you can change your fate, they you don’t have to be put down or controlled, that they have the power to create a life they want and that they would do anything for that. THIS ... THIS needs to be recognised ... these single parents, the over 900,000 that are struggling to give their kids a brighter future made a courageous choice to do it without support, with society shunning them and working more than one job to make ends meet.
These single parents are growing the next generations leaders, teachers, parents, partners ... the next generation - they should be commended for this not belittled or left in isolation and told ... you made your choice and now you deal with it
My kids are my greatest work, not the decisions I made and the fear I held for too long to make better decisions because of my lack of self worth but I have changed my fate and theirs and I am bringing into this world kids that are responsible, accepting of others, confident and inclusive. They are kind and brave and emotionally intelligent and they see me do it alone everyday with grace and courage and damn hard work. These kids, my kids, their kids ... we are raising a generation that will have some effect on the future.
I think it’s time for us to help create some ease for single parents ... maybe a bit more corporate flexibility, a little less in daycare costs, less cuts to support from the government and maybe a serious look at the concept of community and how helping less fortunate helps all.
That’s my 2 cents ... Like it or hate it 🥳🙌🏻 #womanwarriors
"House keys not handcuffs!"⠀
Reece Draayers shouts slogans as he leads around 100 demonstrators through downtown Vancouver on Wednesday in a rally against the city's plan to close the long-standing homeless encampment at Oppenheimer Park where he and roughly 200 other people live.⠀
I met Reece at the park on Monday, hours after the city had told campers they would have to pack up and leave. He graciously agreed to take me inside his world, and the camp's struggle to exist.⠀
Reece moved to Vancouver earlier this year from Chilliwack, B.C. because, he says, he couldn't find a landlord who would rent to an Indigenous man like him. He didn't expect to end up on the street.⠀
On Tuesday, Reece started his morning with breakfast from collections of donated food while city workers began pulling down tents at the park.⠀
The city says that increased violence, crime and a string of dangerous fires at the camp have forced the authorities to close it down.⠀
B.C. Housing says it has identified 140 spaces for people to go to run by non-profit providers, but many of those spaces include emergency shelter beds that can sometimes be worse than camping at the park.⠀
Through the week Reece joined 100+ other people vying for a space at Single-Room-Occupancy hotels. They're essentially rooming houses where tenants get a tiny room to themselves, but have to share kitchens and bathrooms with dozens of other people on their floors.⠀
Drug use is common. Most of the buildings are infested with bedbugs, and often in terrible shape.⠀
The drug use doesn't bother Reece. He works at the Oppenheimer overdose prevention site, and sees as bad or worse every day. What does bother him is that not everyone at here will get housing, but they're still all likely to be forced out.⠀
On Wednesday, Reece agreed to take an SRO space, but on 1 condition: he will keep a tent at Oppenheimer in protest, and will keep working at the OPS tent.⠀
"I'll be down here every day until every last one of these people is house," he says.⠀
At last year’s Dia de los Muertos at Hollywood Cemetery, Progress for Science teamed up with both @michaelanthonytorres (who has been doing altars honoring both animals and human activists for a good decade now) and @mel_till Mel Tillerkeratne of the #shedoes movement to remember individuals who died living without shelter on the streets of LA (second photo). Last night a Progress organizer attended a candlelight vigil for the one-year anniversary of the death of one of those folks who lived in KTown, Joe Reyes. One year on and there is still no shelter in Koreatown. One year on and despite politicians promises and money allocated by voters tent encampments are everywhere. One year on and people are still dying on the streets. One year on and shame on us.
918 dehoused men and women died in LA in 2018. What will next year’s vigils altar say about 2019? .
Our members are proud to be in strong support of @senatorbeall’s SB 5, to kickstart the construction of affordable housing with prevailing wages and skilled and trained workforce requirements! Construction workers building affordable housing, should not qualify for that housing because they are being paid poverty wages. Working families shouldn’t have to worry about making ends meet because of high housing costs and rents. Thanks to Hasan Ikhrata, the board of @sandagregion, @toddgloria, and many others for their leadership on this important issue! #HousingIsAHumanRight#QualityAffordableHousingForAll#BTfamily#1u
Join us Next Friday & Saturday for August's #eastoaklandburritoroll @ 2735 MacArthur #oakland 💕🌯💕Please bring water bottles, dog food and hygiene supplies/kits if you are able. Can't make it? Please donate to help us continue the work (Venmo = @ Burritoroll , or paypal = EastOaklandBurritoRoll@gmail.com , or signup on our website EastOaklandBurritoRoll.com to become a monthly supporter)!!! Anything helps! #directaction#feedthehood#housingisahumanright
The Fair Housing Program at the Disability Law Center serves people from all protected classes, not just people with disabilities. Our program serves Salt Lake City and all areas of Utah to ensure that an individual's housing rights are upheld and that micro or systematic discrimination is not present. If you think you might have been a victim of housing discrimination based on your membership in a protected class, contact us at 800.662.9080 or go to the Fair Housing tab under the link in our bio.⠀
Skid Row Now & 2040 Coalition. Billions of dollars in Private Development are steering LA City to land-grab 2/3rds of the Skid Row neighborhood, with plans to build luxury residences. #SRN2040 Care for human beings. Anti-displacement protection. #HousingIsAHumanRight
Spent the day with Commumity Home Repair Projects of Arizona. Left the house at 0530, grabbed coffee and off to meet the crew and get our assignments.
With the heat, the biggest concern is those without a way to cool their homes. We started with a cooler repair (turned out it just needed some oil). The second job was a cooler replacement, but it came with challenges. When a spray polyurethane foam (SPF) was installed on the roof, it had simply been sprayed around the CMUs on which the cooler sat. We had to bust out the block, then fill the voids they left, and wait for the Quikrete to set up. Added quite a bit of time, but we got the new cooler installed. Something is up with the water pressure going to the cooler, but that will have to get addressed another day. Our last stop was to a home with two leaking showers. Plumbing was never my forté, but I managed not to be totally useless. .
This work is so necessary and so appreciated. For those of us with safe, secure housing, it is easy to underestimate the impact that a broken cooler or leaking shower can have. We also often forget that we can, and should, help. @communityhomerepairaz#HousingIsAHumanRight#HousingSecurity#BuildingCommunity#ALittleRusty#GonnaBeTiredTomorrow
The lack of empathy some people have under a capitalist system that does not value people, that does not provide healthcare and housing as a right, is sometimes absolutely horrifying #landlords#housingisahumanright
3 922 August, 2019
Tonight!! We're excited to share our #BushwickLoveLetter video as part of the Anti-Gentrification Listening Party. Come to this free screening of short documentaries & oral histories on #gentrification & #housingactivism , and plug into upcoming actions to fight proposed resonings in #Bushwick !
Meet William Harris (a.k.a. The Painter) a homeless soul in the streets of Buffalo, NY.
@neptunestudiocrew took to the streets of Buffalo, NY on a journey to capture the true beauty of the homeless - a voyage into the world and minds of some of the most humbling human beings; one can ever encounter in a lifetime.
Capturing the true Beauty of the HOMELESS - SERIES COMING SOON!
Neptune Studio Crew is Sponsored by @ape_case
THURSDAY IN BROOKLYN:
Join us as we screen local storytelling and oral histories on gentrification and housing activism while plugging folks in on upcoming local actions to fight proposed rezonings in Bushwick.
Over the past year Safe Parking LA has provided citizens and families of Los Angeles a temporary safe place to sleep at night. We are continuing to deliver maximum security to the surrounding community and patrons, raise awareness of our program, and open more Safe Parking lots. Use the link in our BIO to donate. Even small donations help those like AJ and his mom. Thank you.
We're excited to be one of the grant recipients working to aid community engagement in the 2020 census! We're looking forward to dispelling myths and helping educate our community about the census, helping folks better understand how the data is used through open workshops, aid in our clients completing the census, and much more!
Stay tuned for more information and if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us via message or email@example.com ✨
Inron Monsters of South Dawson Street. The signs of a flow awaited are clear, especially in the form of an unbroken widow, despite the iron monsters and their claws, I’ve been waiting and have to check often as they tend to lie, they are bleeding redlines, through neighborhoods where children’s children, see the extinction of their own families, affecting generations, from drug culture mentality from lack of stimulation, lack of respect for origins of people, as money feeds iron monsters, their super power is money for some but oppression for a mere few, if selfishness is being honest. #gabrielladuncan#poetryandtruth#poetry#indyloveartist#housing#housingisahumanright#homelessness#Seattle#emotionalverbpipe
Monday night in Azusa: #Shedoes activists made public comments against that city’s planned sweep of a large 300+ person riverbed encampment. the public hearing started with a prayer, “bring good news to the poor”. Oh my fking god. @mel_till wound up channeling the wrath of god and I Jesus...seriously. 🙀
Anyway in the words of Mel:
“Last night these #SheDoesWarriors gave #JosephRocha , the mayor of #Azusa , hell for the planned clean up of the San Gabriel Valley riverbed homeless encampment.
The encampment is home to around 350 people who have been there for years. Last night Lila, a 6 year resident of the riverbed tearfully begged to be allowed to stay. Lila pleaded saying ‘I never planned to be homeless. I'm only here because I have nowhere else to go. I was diagnosed with cancer 3 weeks ago, Please don't kick us out!’ “The insanity of this clean up is that while it's needed to abate the risk of fires, cities like Azusa, Irwindale, Duarte and the office of #CongresswomanGraceNapolitano are using it as an excuse to kick people out without providing them a place to go. If the history of #homelessness has taught us anything it's that these people will be forced to disperse into the adjoining neighborhoods only to be forced back to this same riverbed. Case in point why there are many riverbed residents who've lived there for over 15 years. “Last night we heard from some Azusa residents in support of this clean up. Residents who emotionally recounted their tales of how they used to enjoy ‘jogging on the riverbed’, ‘walking their dogs’ and then how some would see human waste on their streets. Proof that the sole purpose of this clean up is for pushing these people out. With no plans for any permanent housing solutions or even temporary solutions like shelters, all this will accomplish is to push these people right into their neighborhoods where they will be forced to urinate and defecate on peoples doorsteps.” - Mel
Next up - the City Council of Duarte on Tuesday, August 27th at 7.00pm. Please join us to dissuade the #CityofDuarte from engaging in this displacement.
We have had an inspiring last two months, building our collective skills to run strategic campaigns and practicing radical imagination.
Our leaders are in the process of writing the boldest tenant bill of rights this country has ever seen. Not because it's glamorous or fun, but because it's what our people deserve.
Meanwhile, we're taking on one of the biggest evictors in Kansas City, a corporate landlord called TEH Realty. We won't tolerate billionaires extracting wealth from our communities and exploiting our neighbors.
Strategic planning is hard work. It's not the sexy stuff. Trust us, we would rather be chanting in the streets. But we know this is also the part we can't skip over. We must make diligent plans, anticipate obstacles, and seek internal alignment... cuz we know we have fights ahead!
We've continued to meditate on this quote by the popular educator Paulo Freire: "What can we do today so that we can do tomorrow what we cannot do today?
Heather Hall-Important issues “improved infrastructure,police officers and fire fighters, as well as local business leaders and jobs.”. / Advocacy for first responders in Kansas City, construction of roads sidewalks and parks, recruiting and training youth for internships and job skills/ Background/ first president of my homes association, 8 years of service on the Greater Kansas City Council on Philanthropy board of directors, 12 years of service on the Liberty Public schools PTA, active member at the Liberty United Methodist Church since 2002
/ Professional/ councilwoman Hall is a member of the following committees- Planning, Zoning and Economic Development, Neighborhoods and Public Safety, small businesses, entrepreneurship and jobs, and Youth Development.
Have you seen the progress of our first new construction project, the #MonroeSmartHome on 5th and Monroe?! It’s a small modular urban smart home--the first of its kind in Muskegon! When this home is finished it will stand as a “Show House” for a series of three other modular urban smart homes, built in partnership with the City of Muskegon.
Community enCompass (in partnership with the City of Muskegon and Michigan State Housing Development Authority) is investing in affordable housing in core-city Muskegon. We are building modular homes on sites that had homes demolished due to blight. These modular urban smart homes are state of the art, using the same technology used to build any home in Michigan. They are built under factory conditions, to high specs, and delivered to be placed on their foundations.
Most importantly, at a time when house prices are rising beyond many neighbors’ reach, these homes will be priced for families earning at or below the area median income (AMI). Some great developments are happening in core city Muskegon. We are proud to be working with our neighbors to ensure that that development is for everyone!
Like hundreds of other seniors in B.C.s Lower Mainland, 64-year-old Melanie Keays has nowhere to call home.⠀
Back in November I started following Melanie's story, trying to understand how B.C.'s ballooning homelessness crisis impacts our most vulnerable seniors. Over the next few days I'll be posting more from this on-going project.⠀
This past summer Melanie spent 66 consecutive nights in a hospital bed, because emergency shelters are above capacity, and have been for years.⠀
Her methadone doctor says she needs to be in an assisted living care home, not a shelter or a hospital.⠀
Her ex-husband Richard is her only source of reliable support, but helping her navigate a maze of bureaucracy has pushed him to his limit, and puts his 13 years of sobriety at risk.⠀
Melanie's story shows how vulnerable seniors like her get shuffled between shelters and dumped into and out of hospitals as B.C.'s social support system struggles to care for them.⠀
Reporting and photos for @thetorontostar⠀
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