What would be the perfect Thanksgiving meal for a person who is living on our streets?
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For many, a rejection of a child who is gay means a straight path to homelessness
“Homelessness could happen to you.” This is a phrase we may quietly utter to our friends, or even to ourselves, when we stroll by a homeless stranger on the street. “There but for the grace of God, go I,” we say.
It just doesn’t make sense to be “working poor.” To put it simply: if you are working 30 hours per week, you should earn enough to be able to support your family.
How does our country allow more than one million school children to be homeless? And how many more children are homeless, and do not attend school at all?
Unfortunately, 1.1 million American school children call homeless shelters, vehicles on the streets, and even the streets, home. They certainly won’t be bringing apples to their teachers. The barriers that homelessness imposes upon school kids are significant.
If we truly value families, we should set aside our political and philosophical differences and make sure every family has a home.
A bunch of things got me wondering about child care costs. How unaffordable are they for low-income parents who don’t have the benefit of subsidies? The annual survey reports by the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies are the best source of data on affordability I’ve found. So I pulled figures from the latest report — most of them for 2009. Then did some calculations of my own — or more precisely, told Excel to do them. Here’s a summary of key results, plus some Google gleanings about impacts.
I met a father at the Virginia Williams Family Resources Center, the District of Columbia’s central intake for homeless families. He was there with his wife and their baby and toddler because they were running out of money to pay for the motel room they’d been staying in. He said he was afraid the children would be taken away from them. I asked him if anyone had told him that. Not exactly, but he was worried. I think of him now because the Family Resources Center has started reporting all homeless families with no place to stay to the Child and Family Services Agency, the District’s child welfare program.
While the media is supposed to be an objective outlet, what it has done instead is fuel an already out of control fire on the issues of immigration. In the last few years, various groups have studied the use of the term “illegal” in media outlets and their reporting of illegal immigration all across the country. The results are startling.
Media Matter’s, a web-based, progressive research center, released Fear and Loathing in Prime Time, a report that analyzed the immigration rhetoric heard on cable news. The report focused on commentators who often discussed the issue of illegal immigration on their programs, such as CNN’s Lou Dobbs and Fox’s Bill O’Reilly and Glenn Beck.