#fb You can have a bank account with more than $100 in it – if it is restricted for finding housing … first and last month’s rent, deposit on housing, etc. Don’t touch it for anything else – not even to buy a stick of gum. This is from the 2008 SB 1341 that you have probably never heard of.
SB 1341 by Senator Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima) permits families currently enrolled in CalWORKS to save money in a “restricted savings account” for payment of first and last month rents, and deposits in order to facilitate a successful transition out of homelessness.
Ask your CalWORKS worker for more information.
Can I go home now?
“I am not a quitter, I am not a quitter, I am not a quitter” – I need Tylenol.
We all need places and shelters where entire families are welcomed .
We need shelters that are not afraid of teenage boys
We need Health Education in the Schools about “Healthy Relationships”
and as always – we need more jobs and more affordable housing.
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Can we have a special bulletin board for low-income families to find each other and combine forces to find housing?
Federal funds were released through the County Board of Supervisors on Aug 31, 2010 to these three agencies serving the homeless in LA. Union Station is based in Pasadena California, PATH has the PATH Mall and smaller satellite sites (PATH Achieve in Glendale being my favorite – however Joel John Roberts and Carlos Gonzalez in the main body are awesome) and VOA is all over Los Angeles County.
The funds are for housing and rehab therapies.
I wonder if Dallas Texas City Council member Dave Neumann and Scott Griggs, president of the Fort Worth Avenue Development Group want to know about the mental health and income of everyone in their city – or if they are prejudice against the homeless? Apparently if you have been homeless then you should not be able to live near a school. How many other restrictions would he like to impose as if being homeless equated to being a sex offender?
“Neumann and Griggs said that the complex’s proximity to residential neighborhoods and Stevens Park Elementary School is a concern and that housing authority leaders need to present their plan to the public.”
“In a news release, Griggs wrote: “While north Oak Cliff is committed to our social responsibility to aid the longtime homeless with mental illness and addictions, we must balance this commitment with our responsibilities to the quality of life of the adjacent neighborhoods and the quality of education to our children.”"
——————♥ so, living in a building next to a previously homeless person will keep you from learning in school? ———♥
“I very clearly communicated I was against it. I said go meet with the neighbors,” Neumann said. “I thought this was dead.”"
There is an argument that when the tax payers bailed out the banks and mortgage industries without our dollars that the foreclosed and vacant homes held by those companies then became publically owned and could and should be seen as “public housing” for the homeless and low-income. A Group in Madison Wisconsin is taking that stance and moving families into forclosed and vacant homes.
But, is it fair to move someone in for free when others have to pay rent?
In California, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,327. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities, without paying more than 30% of income on housing, a household must earn $4,423 monthly or $53,079 annually. Assuming a 40-hour work week, 52 weeks per year, this level of income translates into a Housing Wage of $25.52.
In California, a minimum wage worker earns an hourly wage of $8.00. In order to afford the FMR for a two-bedroom apartment, a minimum wage earner must work 128 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. Or, a household must include 3.2 minimum wage earner(s) working 40 hours per week year-round in order to make the two bedroom FMR affordable.
In California, the estimated mean (average) wage for a renter is $17.09 an hour. In order to afford the FMR for a two-bedroom apartment at this wage, a renter must work 60 hours per week, 52 weeks per year. Or, working 40 hours per week year-round, a household must include 1.5 worker(s) earning the mean renter wage in order to make the two-bedroom FMR affordable.
Monthly Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for an individual are $907 in California. If SSI represents an individual’s sole source of income, $272 in monthly rent is affordable, while the FMR for a one-bedroom is $1,084.
A unit is considered affordable if it costs no more than 30% of the renter’s income.
I received a comment that Koch Industries funding for the homeless would be wasted because “those kind of people” are not good press and instead of supporting the effort to end the causes or symptoms of homelessness – funders will be “bemoaned”.
What kind of people are the homeless really and how do you see them?
Are they dirty, smelly, foul, and useless dregs that soak up your tax dollars without paying taxes back into the system? Are they old, unhealthy and addicted… ALL OF THEM?!?
Are we talking about THOSE KIND OF PEOPLE ?
“ the scariest part of becoming homeless is how easily it can happen to anyone, through no fault of their own.”-ehow.com
“The unfortunate fact is that 6.3 million of the nation’s poor work full-time. The percentage of poor people working full-time in the U.S. has grown by 33% since 1979. Today, 18% of the people who work full-time are below the poverty line (in 2000, ‘poverty’ meant making $17, 050 for a family of four).”-Goodworks.inc
The HIDDEN HOMELESS – are not the ones who are INVISABLE< they are the people you can’t tell are homeless and they sleep in extra rooms, couches and cars of family and friends.
The correlation between homelessness and increased housing prices–( home values or monthly rents) impacts the rates of homelessness. Trust me, when the housing market in California crashed, my caseload was swollen three times it’s previous size. Beginning in the 1970s, the gentrification of many urban areas left lower-income residents with fewer options after developers received tax breaks to convert older apartment buildings “labeled as tenements” into higher-priced luxury condominiums. Doesn’t this sound a little like the lofts in Downtown Los Angeles? In many cases, the clearing of notorious public housing complexes, such as the Robert Taylor Homes without an immediately affordable alternative for residents to live in created homeless families.. Incomes have failed to keep pace with these trends, effectively putting even moderately priced areas beyond reach for someone earning $10 or less per hour.
could be anyone. so.. really… funding the Tea Party and vague political movements is a BETTER and MORE SOCIALLY APPROVABLE way to be active in the community?!? Better than helping ALMOST EVERY middle class, lower middle class and poor American? And wow, I did not know that businesses only did what was good for their reputations and not what was just.plain.good.
I am asked, regularly, if I am forcing homeless families to find housing, to seek shelter, to rent apartments. And, if they do not do these activities will they lose their cash aid or other entitlements.
The answer is NO. I do give everyone a 90 day head start and every resource I know in order to assist them to end their homelessness. But I don’t have recourse if they don’t take the help. It is up to them.
“The legal qualifications for public assistance benefits are based upon financial assets and health, not on housing. The regulations do not authorize government agencies to withhold benefits from the homeless or to make them contingent upon somebody’s becoming un-homeless. Nevertheless, staff might encourage homeless clients to participate in programs to get them into government subsidized apartments or other housing.
A homeless applicant, knowing that the law does not require him to give up being homeless in order to get federal disability benefits, medical assistance, or food stamps, must also realize that the law does not forbid government agencies from informing clients about housing programs. There is no law preventing them from even requiring someone to listen to a long housing presentation when applying for disability, food stamps, or medical assistance. This knowledge, that only information-not housing can be forced upon him, should prevent a homeless person from feeling pressured to conform or feeling frustrated that he might not get the benefits.
This is another situation in which being familiar with the law does not necessarily give someone grounds to sue. Instead, it helps assure more balanced communication in which the client need not feel like a victim and the service provider need not feel like an enemy. Sometimes, agencies tell clients about other programs for which they are eligible only to be sure that the client knows about that eligibility. Sometimes, they tell because getting into the other program might lead to the client’s no longer needing government assistance.
There is nothing illegal about either of those motives. Anyone who takes offense at them is choosing not to appreciate that they are offerings of help, offers that can certainly be declined without fear of punishment. Clients always have the right to say something like, “I’m aware that the food stamp regulations do not require me to participate in the housing program or to have my own permanent address, but thank you for offering me that information.””