In Arizona, prisoners live in a tent city and are forced to do hard labor.

In San Francisco, thousands of homeless people find shelter on street corners wrapped in sleeping bags or shielded by the thin canvas of tents. Tent cities have popped up around the Bay Area and around the country, a response to an economy that has abandoned poor and homeless people. Rather than offer people housing and respite from the inhospitable and unlivable conditions of the streets, the city has responded with brutal encampment sweeps,

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Homeless News Roundup, from Oakland to Oklahoma – July 15

West Oakland Punks with Lunch. 

Misfits fight Homelessness

Oakland, CA

A group of self-described misfits are spending their own money to help combat the crisis of homelessness. As politicians debate and talk about solutions, every Sunday, Punks With Lunch assemble 80 to 180 healthy meals of sandwiches, fresh fruit, water and snacks, then head out to encampments at 35th and Peralta streets at 3:30 p.m.

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The housing subsidy that no one is talking about—and has never been cut.

When is a housing subsidy not a housing subsidy?

When it subsidizes homeownership.

When is a housing subsidy economic stimulus and not charity?

When the money supports bankers, real estate agents and developers.

In 2017, the federal government subsidized homeownership to the tune of $140.7 billion dollars; it is estimated 75 percent of this allocation went to households earning over $100,000.00.

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Street Sheet Vendor Rodney McClain: “I don’t win every battle, but I try.”

I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. The first part of my life was pretty violent. My dad was an alcoholic drug dealer and he was a very violent man, but the second part was pretty cool. Me and my stepdad spent a lot of time working on getting and feeling better, but I was already traumatized. My stepdad had a hard time with me, because I never told anyone about my trauma, and I had a lot of trauma in my early years of life.

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How can US cities fight gentrification?

Insufficient income taxes on the rich, cash-starved local governments, and opportunistic developers constitute the ingredients for a particularly bitter pill for low-income people: higher rents.

So says Peter Moskowitz, who has written a new book exploring gentrification and its impacts on American cities. But what particularly worries him is the fact that young white people moving to cities—those urbanites who contribute to gentrification while also suffering the effects of it—fail to recognize they can be part of a badly needed mainstream political movement for housing.

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