Nasir calls this one day initiative, "Clean Cut, Clean Start."
"A haircut can do so much for someone ... and that's what I named what I do 'Clean Cut, Clean Start,'" Sobhani says in the documentary. "I'm hoping with a clean cut -- it's as simple as this -- you'll just have a clean start to life."
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The Ending Homelessness in Alameda County complete report is now available online. One of the primary conclusions is that:
“The estimated number of people who are homeless in Alameda County has remained about the same as in 2013. 4,040 people were homeless on a single night in January 2015 as compared to 4,264 in 2013. The 2015 count is essentially unchanged from 2013 when statistically examining the data.”
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BBC News - 5th July, 2015
Richard Taylor seports
For some in San Francisco the tech boom has brought wealth, but the city also has one of the highest rates of homelessness in the United States. Hand Up is trying to help by linking linking donors directly to the homeless who need support.
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For more on HandUp, visit their website
1st July, 2015 - Berkeleyside
By Emilie Raguso
“The Berkeley City Council voted early Wednesday morning to postpone consideration of a new set of laws designed to curb problematic street behavior.
The vote came around 1 a.m. after council spent the bulk of its June 30 meeting discussing the city’s biennial budget, which needs to be adopted this month. No public comment on the street behavior proposal, which came up for discussion at about 12:45 a.m., took place.”
30th June, 2015 - KTVU
By Ken Pritchett, Reporter
“These ordinances that they’re planning to vote on would essentially criminalize the very presence of people who are homeless on the streets of Berkeley,” said Attorney Osha Numann with the East Bay Community Law Center.
23rd June, 2015 - Berkeleyside
By Francesca Paris
On Tuesday night, the Berkeley City Council is set to consider new recommendations that would focus the city’s approach to homelessness on supportive services and, in particular, housing.
Berkeley Homeless Task Force — initiated by Councilman Jesse Arreguín in 2013 — that proposes a series of immediate and longer term recommendations for the city in its efforts to end homelessness. The task force has been meeting under the leadership of Genevieve Wilson and David Stegman since August 2013.
10th June, 2015 - The Daily Californian
By Yuka Koshino
The City Council restored funds to a number of South Berkeley nonprofits and homeless services Tuesday after proposed cuts drew criticism from many members of the public.
Inspired Life - 6th May, 2015 - The Washington Post
By Terrence McCoy
Sam Tsemberis was a psychologist doing outreach for the mentally ill when he stumbled upon a solution to chronic homelessness.
The Upshot - 4th May, 2015 - The New York Times
Edited by David Leonhardt
Children who grow up in some places go on to earn much more than they would if they grew up elsewhere. Alameda County is very bad for income mobility for children in poor families. It is better than only about 17 percent of counties.
Before the story of St. Mary's treatment of the homeless broke, NPR aired this story and audio file on a "better way."
A Place in the Tenderloin Where Sleep is Sacred - KALW: Local Public Radio (91.7 FM) - 03.08.15
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