The purpose of cities is to make and create a welcoming environment with places and areas to sit and gather around, however around the world more cities are intentionally designing their cities doing the exact opposite. Hostile architecture or defensive architecture, is a controversial trend in urban design that intentionally makes it unpleasant, hence the … More Creating Hostile Environments to Deter the Homeless.
In case you did not know Emanuel Lutheran Church located across the street from the East Campus serves a free breakfast every Tuesday beginning at 7 am for MJC students and staff members. So wake up early and go eat a delicious breakfast and socialize and interact with your community. Emanuel Lutheran Church 324 College Avenue, … More Katie’s Kitchen @ Emanuel Lutheran Church Free Breakfast Tuesdays
According to Rentcafe Modesto residents have seen a rent increase of 10% from the previous year bringing the monthly rent up to $1,143. With the demand for housing and not enough rental properties the increases can last the next several years causing many people to struggle to maintain their homes and likely leave some homeless. … More Modesto renters struggling with increasing rents
The Focus on Prevention Initiative has been working on a project to fight homelessness in Modesto for two years involving converted housing. Brad Hawn, the chairman of the initiative, is a structural engineer who has worked with converting shipping containers in the past and believes this will be a great temporary solution for the homeless … More Modesto to Consider Converted Shipping Containers for Homeless
The Trump administration is proposing to save billions in the coming years by giving low-income families a box of government-picked, nonperishable foods every month instead of food stamps. White House OMB Director Mick Mulvaney on Monday hailed the idea as one that kept up with the modern era, calling it a “Blue Apron-type program” — … More Trump pitches plan to replace food stamps with food boxes
Surely no one in the United States today is as poor as a poor person in Ethiopia or Nepal? As it happens, making such comparisons has recently become much easier. The World Bank decided in October to include high-income countries in its global estimates of people living in poverty. We can now make direct comparisons … More The U.S. Can No Longer Hide From Its Deep Poverty Problem
Often it’s not until some horrendous case makes headlines does the tragedy of child abuse come to the front burner. Then things settle down and we tend to forget about it. Until the next time. The next time came last month after 13 malnourished siblings allegedly kept captive in filthy conditions by their parents were … More We’re all soldiers in war on child abuse