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Lava Mae - Mobile Showers for the Homeless

In San Francisco, where Lava Mae is serving the homeless, there are 7,350 homeless people - half of whom make the streets their home. And yet, there are only 8 facilities, each with one or two stalls at most, where they can shower.
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The Gubbio Project

Every morning in the Tenderloin, when people all around San Francisco are starting to wake up, around 30 people gather at St. Boniface Church, waiting to go sleep. This is the story of one morning.
  Hear the report…

How one man and his alter ego are feeding the homeless in Birmingham, England.

A man dressed as comic hero SpiderMan has begun walking the streets of Birmingham city centre handing out food to the homeless and vulnerable.
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Berkeley’s First Homeless Coordinated Access System aka The Hub – is scheduled to open on January 4, 2016

Berkeley will be the first city in the county to implement a Housing Crises Intervention Center – a one-stop-shop for all homeless services. The Center known as The Hub is the city’s response to a Directive of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  Read more and download *pdf of Summary of the Berkeley Homeless Task Force Meeting held 9/14/2015

Singing for the Homeless

Singer songwriter Linda Louise, from Scotland, released her digital single, Long Cold Night on 09/18/15. She is generously donating a portion of the proceeds to Consider The Homeless!
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"The Street Barber" - Documentary about Nasir Sobhani, a barber in Austrailia, who gives haircuts to the homeless on his day off.

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."
  Read more and see the video...

2014 Progress Report on Ending Homelessness in Alameda County

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.”
  Download the complete report HERE

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Homeless people describe life outside Airbnb headquarters

Five tiny homeless encampments dot two sides of the San Francisco headquarters of Airbnb. The inhabitants appear to be outsiders in every sense. Out on the streets. Out of the city’s economic boom. Out of luck.

from The Guardian US
Airbnb, the Silicon Valley poster child, was valued at $10bn last year, but in a nearby area near Airbnb headquarters a community of homeless people tell a different tale as none of those interviewed had heard of Airbnb even though the four-storey office, a 72,000-square-foot converted warehouse, dominates this section of the SoMa district.

They did not know the company's motto – 'We believe in a world where all seven billion of us can belong anywhere' – was a poster child of Silicon Valley's vaunted 'sharing economy', with more than 1 million homes listed worldwide.
For more information see theguardian

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