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What's the best way to help homeless people in a camp near me

I live near a large homeless camp which I pass a few times a week out running or in my car. I live in a nice apartment and have everything I need, they live in tents, shacks and broken down cars. I would like to help them in some way but don't know what the best way would be. [more inside]
posted by pocketfullofrye on Jun 18, 2016 - 23 answers

If I am undocumented/out of status is it "illegal" for me to work?

For the past two years, an acquaintance has been living in my car. Originally from Japan, he came here on a student visa and then, believing his employers would help him maintain a legal status, he overstayed that visa. Eventually, he lost his job and his home - and sought my help (hating our local homeless shelter, which is admittedly dangerous). Now he believes that if he works he will be breaking the law. This matters to him as he is pursuing legal action against his former employers (a case I don't think has much merit - though I haven't really looked at it). We're meeting with a homeless services provider today, who I'm certain will want him to have some kind of income before helping him find housing. And so the main question is: is it "illegal" for him to work? Thanks for any help.
posted by punkbitch on Dec 21, 2015 - 28 answers

About to be homeless!

About to be homeless in London. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2015 - 19 answers

What else have I not considered in teaching improv to young kids?

I'm going to be teaching two 30 minute sessions for children living in a homeless shelter while their parents attend a mandatory meeting. I've been a camp counselor, taught after-school programs, etc. so I have experience in this arena but I've never taught an improv class for such young kids (4-10). What games would you recommend? What else am I forgetting? [more inside]
posted by allymusiqua on Oct 20, 2015 - 11 answers

Housing first

I care about affordable housing, eliminating homelessness, raising the standard living for poor people, and maintaining available housing stock for working and middle class people of all ethnic backgrounds. What specific policies should I support? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 25, 2015 - 21 answers

Running out of options

Could I be forced to leave college due to my depression/current situation? I feel like I've hit the dead end. [more inside]
posted by chrono_rabbit on Jun 9, 2015 - 12 answers

Dealing with lack of everything

Basically, stuff happened in the last 1-2 months and I lost everything. Currently, trying to survive and wait it out. I'm searching for any resources related to unemployment/no income that I may have missed accidentally searching on my own. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 14, 2015 - 14 answers

How/if to help a man who is homeless

A man living in his car at the park near my house refused my offer of $50 saying it would make him feel worse to accept money and that he is in touch with the council to access homeless services. I feel like he is my neighbour and it is playing on my mind that he is sleeping there in that situation. Can I at least offer to do some laundry for him, or ask him if there's some other practical way I can help (food? or something) or should I respect his dignity and mind my own business? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet on Feb 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Emergency mental health in Vancouver - US citizen, bipolar and homeless

A bipolar-diagnosed friend has recently gone off his meds and into a manic episode for the ages. Along the way he has lost his high-paying job, his apartment, his savings, most of his friends. He has been living on the streets of San Francisco for the last few months and, though it hasn't been kind to him, he has steadfastly refused pleas to get into treatment. He is apparently making his way to Vancouver, I'm trying to figure out what to expect / how to help. Specific questions below the fold. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 6, 2014 - 7 answers

What should I read about homelessness

I'm looking for recommendations of books, articles, films or other media about homelessness in the US. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Apr 14, 2014 - 23 answers

What are the benefits of the tenements?

I've noticed in some of my neighborhood blogs and list serves there is a lot of bias against publicly assisted multifamily housing. You know, "the projects." What are some of the arguments, evidence and research in favor of keeping this kind of housing? What happens to families that are displaced when projects are torn down or converted? [more inside]
posted by Skwirl on Apr 3, 2013 - 18 answers

Best organization for helping the mentally ill homeless in San Francisco

I'd like to donate some money to an organization that helps mentally ill homeless people in San Francisco. Which organization would give me the most "bang for my buck"? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Jan 16, 2013 - 9 answers

Seattle children potential homelessness

Seattle child services question: pending homelessness for 2 undocumented children... [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Aug 18, 2012 - 5 answers

San Francisco Social Services?

About to end up in SF/Oakland needing some help. Most important: a sliding-scale methadone clinic. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Who wants to be a zero-aire?

I'm unemployed in Texas. I've officially run out of money. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2011 - 30 answers

Helping loved ones help themselves in MA

I have two family members in trouble in Massachusetts, and I want to talk to someone about it. I am not in Massachusetts, and I need help finding an the right "someone." [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2011 - 13 answers

What can we do for our friend with intractable depression?

Service plan for friend with clinical depression - what can we do? Last resort ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 11, 2011 - 24 answers

Am I My Brother's Keeper?

My brother is on the brink of homelessness. I know no one but him can improve his life, but he doesn't seem to understand the gravity of the situation. How can I not enable him in this situation and still live with myself? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2011 - 36 answers

Help me find a TV documetnary on a self-building housing co-operative in the UK

I'm after a documentary I once saw about a self-building housing co-operative in the UK—or more information about the programmes. [more inside]
posted by Fiasco da Gama on Dec 22, 2010 - 4 answers

Help Me Help a Drunk Friend

Where can I find drug and alcohol rehab and counseling here in San Diego with absolutely no funds. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Dec 22, 2009 - 8 answers

What is a creative way to successfully accommodate homeless populations?

This post inspired this question: What can be done on a community-scale to successfully accommodate our island's homeless population? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Oct 25, 2009 - 5 answers

How can an injured homeless person expect to be treated at a hospital?

How can a homeless person who has been injured (stabbed, for instance) expect to be treated at a U.S. city hospital with no money or health insurance? Surely they wouldn't let him bleed to death? And if they do turn him away, what are his options?
posted by Sully on Feb 1, 2009 - 21 answers

Who best helps the homeless?

How can I help Southern California's homeless? [more inside]
posted by evil holiday magic on Oct 25, 2008 - 6 answers

Friend's family being evicted; what are the options?

Eviction and future plans: My friend is 24, a recent college grad, lives in New York. Her father, mother and 3 young siblings live in a house (in Los Angeles) from which they are about to get evicted at the end of the month, having not paid rent for almost a year. Her father has terminal stomach cancer with a prognosis of 6 months. Her father is a disabled veteran and the family had been getting by on his veterans' pension. Her mother speaks, but does not write in English. My friend now finds herself in the position of figuring out how to handle this situation. For the hivemind: Are there programs, veterans' or otherwise, she should know about? General advice? We're at a loss for easy ideas.
posted by the jam on Aug 14, 2008 - 7 answers

Homelessness how-to?

How to be homeless? Yes, step one, lack a home. Then what? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 15, 2008 - 81 answers

Enjoyable books about bad things.

I'm looking for good books about other people's misery. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jan 23, 2007 - 37 answers

best charities for the homeless in NYC?

What are some good charities in NYC that work with the homeless? [more inside]
posted by boltman on Dec 5, 2006 - 6 answers

administrator, hope me

Imminent homelessness as of Saturday 10/28. [more inside]
posted by attackthetaxi on Oct 26, 2006 - 40 answers

Steal a dog to save a dog, but hurt a man in the process

Inspired by this question. I have one of my own. When is it ok to "liberate" a dog from a situation that may or may not be harmful to the animal? Specific example from my neighbourhood inside. [more inside]
posted by yellowbinder on Aug 11, 2006 - 32 answers

How do I define this use of CPI?

How do I interpret CPI (consumer price index) in the following table? [more inside]
posted by frankie_stubbs on Jun 8, 2006 - 7 answers

Culture and begging in America - is there a connection?

More American urban sociology: I live in a city with a diverse mix of ethnicities and cultures. How come the only people I ever see begging for spare change are either white or black? Why do I never see asians or hispanics begging? Is this a real cultural phenomenon, or am I just making false conclusions based on a too-small sample size? [more inside]
posted by kenoshakid on Apr 21, 2006 - 13 answers

Seven, Seven, Seven

I ride the Paris metro every day to get around the city, and I've only recently noticed a strange phenomenon. At two different metro stops I've seen homeless people repeating the word "seven" in English over and over again at random intervals. I can't think of any French words it could be that I might be mishearing, especially since the 'n' is very pronounced and the vowels sound English enough. Can anyone explain what's going on here?
posted by themadjuggler on Apr 15, 2005 - 38 answers

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