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Infectious Diseases Are Resurging Among Those Experiencing Homelessness
Infectious diseases—including some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and they are hitting homeless populations especially hard. Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building. According to a report by ABC News, people in Washington state have been infected with Shigella bacteria, which is spread through feces and causes the diarrheal disease shigellosis, as well as Bartonella quintana, which spreads through body lice and causes trench fever. Hepatitis A, also spread primarily through feces, infected more than 1,000 people in Southern California in the past two years. The disease also has erupted in New Mexico, Ohio, and Kentucky, primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs. Public health officials and politicians are using terms like “disaster” and “public health crisis” to describe the outbreaks, and they warn that these diseases could easily jump beyond the homeless population.
Los Angeles Aims to Keep Homeless People and Pets Together
Hoping to find homes for homeless people who have pets, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took the first step earlier this week in drawing up an ordinance that would require all county-funded housing to allow pets. According to a report by NBC Los Angeles, supervisors Hilda Solis and Kathryn Barger co-authored the motion, citing estimates that nearly 10 percent of homeless people have pets. "Studies show that individuals with pets experience fewer symptoms of depression and loneliness. Pets provide emotional stability and protection for those who lack that type of support," Solis said. "For many, a pet may be their only sense of family...No one should have to sever a bond with a pet in order to find housing." Many supportive housing developments either prohibit dogs and cats or don't have the infrastructure to care for pets.
Students Sleep Outside for Homelessness Awareness
University students across Canada are camping out in the cold this month to raise awareness and donations for homeless individuals. The 5 Days campaign is run by the Canadian Association of Business Students and is in its 14th year. According to a CTV News report, participating students can only bring a pillow, blanket, and the clothes on their backs as they spend five days sleeping outside without personal comforts such as showers and warm beds, while having to rely on family, friends, and strangers for necessities like food. Participating students are also expected to help raise funds for a local partner charity while still attending all scheduled classes and writing examinations.
Opioid Epidemic Is Hindering U.S. Labor Force Participation
The U.S. opioid crisis is hitting the country on many fronts, including the labor market, according to data reviewed by a CNBC report. States that prescribe more opioids per 100 people tend to have fewer people in their labor force. West Virginia, a state with one of the highest opioid prescription rates in the country in 2015, had the lowest labor force participation rate in 2018 at 54 percent. Alabama, the state with the highest prescription rate, has a participation rate of 57 percent—which is also one of the lowest. In turn, states like Minnesota and Colorado have two of the highest labor force participation rates along with low opioid prescription levels.
Schools Finding Record Numbers of Homeless Students
States have never found so many homeless students in public schools before. The next challenge will be finding ways to keep those students in school long enough to earn a diploma. Nearly 1.36 million children—equivalent to more than all the students in New York City—went to school in 2017 without knowing where they would sleep at night, finds a new report by the national campaign Education Leads Home. The organization looked at new national data as well as graduation rates for homeless students in 26 states. According to an article in Education Week, that number jumped more than 100,000 students from 2016, making 2017 an all-time high since the group began tracking in 2007. The report found that nationwide, only 64 percent of homeless students earn a high school diploma, and there is a wide variation from state to state in what percentage of homeless students complete a high school diploma. That's nearly 20 percentage points lower than the average graduation rate for all students, and nearly 14 percentage points lower than the graduation rate for students who are living in poverty but have stable housing.
Poverty Statistics on American Indian Children Are Difficult to Measure
For one group of children in particular, American Indians and Alaska Natives, exceedingly high poverty rates have had profound effects on community well-being and long-term cohesiveness. Given the best available data, from U.S. Census data, child poverty rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives have consistently exceeded 40 percent for almost the past 30 years. However, a recent National Academics of Sciences (NAS) report affirms what many in these communities have long known—that the data on poverty is sparse and not as reliable for this group as it is for other groups or communities in the U.S. According to a report by the Brookings Institute, small sample sizes in population surveys have made it particularly difficult to reliably measure poverty rates among American Indian and Alaska Native children. Moreover, little is known about the effectiveness of a number of important programs and policies—whether provided by the tribes, by the states, or by the federal government—that affect this population.
Biblical Pastoral Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
Breakfast Cook: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Care Support Specialist: Light of Life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
Chief Financial Officer: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Chief Financial Officer: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Development and Database Corrdinator: Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX
Development Director: The Gospel Rescue Mission, Inc., Muskogee, OK
Development Director: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Director of Emergency Shelter Services: Denver Rescue Mission, Denver, CO
Director of Programs: Light of life Ministries, Inc., Pittsburgh,PA
DIRECTOR of SAN FERNANDO VALLEY RESCUE MISSION: Rescue Mission Alliance, Oxnard, CA
Donor Development Professional: Madera Rescue Mission, Madera, CA
Executive Director: Rescue Mission of Utica, Inc., Utica, NY
Executive Director: Klamath Falls Gospel Mission, Klamath Falls, OR
Extended Care Program Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Food Services Manager: Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA
Justin's Place Manager: St. Matthew's House, Naples, FL
Major Gifts Director: Union Gospel Mission, Dallas, TX
Major Gifts Officer: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Men's Ministry Night Manager: Good Samaritan Mission, Jackson, WY
Outreach Specialist: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Public Relations Manager: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Residential Coordinator_Cornerstone Manor Facility: Buffalo City Mission, Buffalo, NY
Salesforce Data Analyst: Atlanta Mission, Atlanta, GA
Shelter Manager : Turlock Gospel Mission, Turlock, CA
Shelter Supervisor: Open Door Mission, Glens Falls, NY
Vice President of Development: Career Cross Training, Colorado Springs, CO
Volunteer Engagement Specialist: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Weekend Cook: Seattle's Union Gospel Mission, Seattle, WA
Women and Children's Program Manager: Hope Gospel Mission, Eau Claire, WI
Women's Program Manager - Laura's Home: The City Mission, Cleveland, OH
Women's Recovery Counselor: Union Gospel Mission (Spokane), Spokane, WA
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