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Silhouette of troubled person head. Concept image of anxiety and negative emotion. Waste paper and head silhouette.
Silhouette of troubled person head. Concept image of anxiety and negative emotion. Waste paper and head silhouette.
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Mental Illness and Mass Shootings: Is There A Connection?

There is a connection between untreated, serious mental illness (as distinguished from mental illness) and mass public violence. But instead of allowing that connection to instill fear, it should inspire compassion. Read More ›
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man businessman in suit taking notes, bills of dollars in his pocket as a bribe. the concept of corruption and bribery
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Homelessness: A Profitable Business

One of New York City's largest homeless shelter providers has turned sheltering the homeless into a lucrative business for himself, reaping more than $1 million a year in profits. Worse: It's all funded by taxpayers. Read More ›
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Homeless in San Francisco sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Homelessness: The Mental Illness Thread

In the middle of the National Mall at 5:45 this morning, a man shouted at no one in particular. Dressed in pajama pants, a T-shirt, and supported by a cane, he waved around a flashlight and occasionally struck his cane on the ground, all the while belting out a disruptive sing-song melody. Read More ›
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Handmade concept. Women's hands do the product of wood. Wood workshop with a tool and a lamp
Handmade concept. Women's hands do the product of wood. Wood workshop with a tool and a lamp

Expanding the Toolbox

In the Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) The State of Homelessness in America report, CEA pointed out that overall homelessness has increased in America; and in many communities, homelessness has reached a crisis level. In just five years, unsheltered homelessness increased 20.5 percent from 175,399 in 2014 to 211,293 in 2019. Simultaneously, the number of year-round beds available to serve persons experiencing homelessness through subsidized Rapid Rehousing and Permanent Supportive Housing rose from 338,065 to 482,254, a 42.7 percent increase in five years. Despite significant increases in funding and beds, overall homelessness has been increasing in the United States. The federal government’s policy shift in 2013 to prioritizing housing first as a one-size-fits-all approach has not worked to reduce homelessness Read More ›

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Drug abuse with people sharing the same syringe
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Crack Pipes and Free Needles

Every well-intended public policy taken to an extreme leads to misery and dysfunction. A case in point is the Washington Free Beacon story on $30 million grant for “safe smoking” kits. According to the story, a Department of Health and Human Services spokesman said the kits would include pipes for users to smoke crack cocaine.” Read More ›