Meet the Woman Who Rented Hotel Rooms for the Homeless During Chicago’s Deep Freeze

Meet the Woman Who Rented Hotel Rooms for the Homeless During Chicago’s Deep Freeze By John Vibes Earlier this week, we reported on the inspirational story of an anonymous Good Samaritan who paid for 70 homeless people to stay in hotels after there was a fire at their encampment. In the days since, more details have come to light about the situation, and it turns out that this charitable act was a combined effort of numerous volunteers, who were all inspired by the good deed of a local real estate…

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Anonymous Good Samaritan Books Hotel for 70 Homeless People as Temperatures Drop to Record Lows

Anonymous Good Samaritan Books Hotel for 70 Homeless People as Temperatures Drop to Record Lows By John Vibes This week, as record low temperatures are sweeping across the country, the homeless population in areas like Chicago are struggling to stay warm, and alive. Some areas of Chicago have seen temperatures of lower than 22 degrees below zero in the past week. A group of 70 homeless people were attempting to keep warm using nearly 100 propane heaters at an encampment of tents in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood the other night…

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New State Regulations Force a California Charity for the Homeless to Close Shop

New State Regulations Force a California Charity for the Homeless to Close Shop By Joseph Sunde For the past four years, Deliverance San Diego has been delivering hot meals to the city’s homeless population every Friday, averaging 200 donated meals on any given evening. Now, due to new guidelines passed by the State Legislature of California, the non-profit is ceasing operations and will dissolve by the end of the month. Through their existing model, hot meals were prepared in volunteer homes and distributed on the streets. “Volunteers from various churches…

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Can Local Solutions Succeed Where Foreign Aid Has Failed?

Can Local Solutions Succeed Where Foreign Aid Has Failed? By Matt Warner In Ruhiira, Uganda, an international aid project once offered villagers $300,000 to grow maize instead of matoke, a banana-like starch. Maize, the aid experts reasoned, was better to farm because it is nutritious, drought-resistant, and produces high yields. The experts were right. At harvest time, the villagers found themselves with a bumper crop of 3,840 tons of maize. What happened next, though, cut short any celebration. No one could figure out what to do with all the excess…

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The Politics of Population Control

The Politics of Population Control By Al-Jazeera In a busy market, Chinese parents Pang Zhengdong and Hu Aizhen are handing out flyers in search of their missing three-year-old daughter, Pang Xiuting, who disappeared without a trace. At first, nobody believed that something terrible could have occurred in their peaceful village in Guangxi province in southern China, where everyone knows each other. But the search for her has remained fruitless and all that’s left for the parents are their memories and baby photos of happier times. “Kidnappings of little girls are…

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Kansas City Promises to Stop Pouring Bleach on Food for the Homeless After Outcry. But Will They Find Other Ways to Destroy It?

Kansas City Promises to Stop Pouring Bleach on Food for the Homeless After Outcry. But Will They Find Other Ways to Destroy It? By Meadow Clark Kansas City, Missouri Health Department made a national splash when their staff literally poured bleach on food intended for homeless people earlier this month. A coalition of friends called Free Hot Soup (FHS) Kansas City had formed picnic-style food gatherings to provide hot meals for homeless people, and all went according to plan until officials trashed the food and doused it in bleach to…

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Giving Food to the Homeless Shouldn’t Be a Crime

Giving Food to the Homeless Shouldn’t Be a Crime By Carey Wedler Government has long been characterized as inept. It’s easy to forget that sometimes it can be downright cruel. The latest example comes from Missouri, where the Kansas City Health Department is under fire after employees bleached food intended for the homeless because the people supplying it did not have the proper permit. On Sunday, officials from the health department, accompanied by armed police officers, stopped volunteers with Free Hot Soup Kansas City from feeding the homeless at four…

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10 Numbers That Prove That We Are Rapidly Becoming A Nation Of Government Dependents

10 Numbers That Prove That We Are Rapidly Becoming A Nation Of Government Dependents By Michael Snyder As the middle class disintegrates and poverty grows, more Americans than ever are becoming dependent on the government just to survive.  Today, we live in a country where most workers do not earn enough to support a middle class family, and we are seeing the homelessness crisis spiral out of control in major cities on both coasts. During this election cycle, many conservatives have been freaking out that an increasing number of Democrats…

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Middle Class Destroyed: 50 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than $30,533 A Year

Middle Class Destroyed: 50 Percent Of All American Workers Make Less Than $30,533 A Year By Michael Snyder The middle class in America has been declining for decades, and we continue to get even more evidence of the catastrophic damage that has already been done.  According to the Social Security Administration, the median yearly wage in the United States is just $30,533 at this point.  That means 50 percent of all American workers make at least that much per year, but that also means that 50 percent of all American…

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The Number Of Americans Living In Their Vehicles “Explodes” As The Middle Class Continues To Disappear

The Number Of Americans Living In Their Vehicles “Explodes” As The Middle Class Continues To Disappear By Michael Snyder If the U.S. economy is really doing so well, then why is homelessness rising so rapidly?  As the gap between the rich and the poor continues to increase, the middle class is steadily eroding.  In fact, I recently gave my readers 15 signs that the middle class in America is being systematically destroyed. More Americans are falling out of the middle class and into poverty with each passing day, and this…

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