A New Home Called Frostbite

A poem highlighting homelessness in the city of Merced and Merced County. According to the Merced City and County Continuum of Care, the City of Merced homeless count dropped very slightly from 318 to 310 in 2018, though the number of displaced people in Merced County rose from 454 to 514. Read more at We’Ced.

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Voices of Long Beach

In March, VoiceWaves released a series of short videos about issues relevant to the Long Beach community. Ranging from homelessness to teen activism, the topics of the videos cover a diverse range of subjects and aim to inspire action against injustice. “Things will get better. You know they will, I know they will.” Read more […]

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We treat our pets better than we treat people: Fresno protests new homeless ordinance

Over a hundred Fresno residents gathered at City Hall on September 29 to protest the recent passage of the Unhealthy and Hazardous Camping Act. Deemed cruel and unreasonable by multiple critics, the act allows police to arrest any homeless person camping without permission. “There’s no humanity. There’s no dignity. There’s no respect.” Read more at […]

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Homeless people have it hard enough

Fresno City Council recently passed the Unhealthy and Hazardous Camping Act, allowing police to arrest any homeless people camping without permission. Edison High School’s Danyeal Escobar explains why this legislation hurts both the homeless population and the city itself. “It’s immoral, unconstitutional, and costing us money.” Read more at The kNOw.

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Asthma as a Disability: A Family’s Struggle With Chronic Illness

A young mother’s struggle with asthma and chronic migraines is a perfect illustration of the two-way street between life stress, such as homelessness, and physical health. Preservation of the healthcare services she accesses through the Affordable Care Act are key to that equation.  “It’s either pay rent or pay for medicine. Get food or pay for medicine.” Listen to her story at […]

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Ballot measure aims to stem rising youth homelessness in Los Angeles

Homelessness has soared in Los Angeles County, where nearly 40 percent of people without shelter in California live. Among students at California State University, Long Beach, it’s estimated as much as 10 percent of students don’t have permanent housing.  A ballot measure would raise money for homeless services through a sales tax. “Me and many […]

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