NY Times: Matthew Desmond’s ‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’

Lamar, his sons and some other adolescent boys from their Milwaukee neighborhood are sitting around, playing cards and smoking blunts, when there is a loud and confident knock on the door, which could be “a landlord’s knock, or a sheriff’s.” Mercifully it is only Colin, a young white man from their church, who has come to read them passages from the Bible, most of which Lamar knows by heart. The subject wanders off to God and the Devil, with Lamar adding, “And Earth is hell.” “Well,” Colin corrects him, “not quite hell.” An awkward silence falls.

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty. - Mahatma Gandhi

VPR – Report: Homelessness On The Rise In Vermont

By Taylor Dobbs • Nov 22, 2013 A new survey released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said there were 25 percent more homeless Vermonters this year than in 2012. While the number of homeless people in Vermont went up from 1,160 to 1,454, the number of “unsheltered” homeless Vermonters (those who aren’t in emergency shelters or transitional housing) went down from 223 to 184. With decreased federal assistance – Department of Children and Families Commissioner Dave Yacavone said Vermont lost 774 Section 8 vouchers – state and ...

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Barre Shelter Forced To Turn Away Homeless

For the first time ever, the Good Samaritan Haven grapples with the tough decision of turning away those in need. The shelter is the home for dozens of adults, many who were hit hard by the down economy.

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