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I’ll be speaking on a panel at the 2019 National Forum on the Human Right to Housing, to be held June 5-6 in Washington D.C. This year’s forum focuses on the recent Martin v. Boise decision, which establishes that people experiencing homelessness cannot be punished for sleeping in public in the absence of alternatives. In the panel discussion “Policing Beyond Martin: How Law Enforcement Can Support Decriminalization Efforts”, I will be joined by Detective Debbie Ramsey (Ret.) (Baltimore Police Department), Judge Cylenthia LaToye Miller (36th District, Michigan) and Nicola Smith-Kea (Arnold Ventures). We will discuss how community partners can join together
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Are we doing enough to help the homeless? Homeless advocates join Dan to talk about giving the homeless a leg up with housing not handcuffs. Dan McDonald and Maria Foscarinis will be on hand with information on how you can help: Click here for the podcast https://wbznewsradio.iheart.com/content/2019-05-02-nightside-with-dan-rea-rundown-for-may-2-2019/
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The story (and resume) of of Mark Harrity, who is currently homeless in Orlando, Florida, has been making the rounds on social media. In brief: Mark was seen on a street corner, handing out his resume as he searches for a job. His background includes positions in warehouses, trucking and bus driving. On the surface, he should have little trouble getting any number of available jobs. But he is homeless. And getting a job becomes infinitely more difficult for any number of reasons. Fortunately, many of the shares and comments on social media were positive, and Mark appears to have
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It has been just over a year since I penned “Housing Gone Wrong – The Life (and Death) of John Chadwick“. You may recall that I was contacted by Dee Bonnett in Maidstone, England whom altered me to this tragedy: John Chadwick, formerly homeless for 10 years, was evicted from his housing due to a change in ownership. John was offered accommodation at a bed and breakfast (B&B) however he would have to give up his dogs Theo and Tinkerbell, and a cat, Gizmo. He ended his own life rather than give up his pets. I have found that the homeless
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The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida will be hosting the International Association of Chief of Police (#IACP2018) conference from October 6-9, 2018. This is the largest police conference in the world, attracting 15,000 police executives from over 150 nations. I am happy to announce that I will be offering my latest workshop “The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team (and How)“ on Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM (click here for details). I developed this idea after several conversations with Antoinette Hayes-Triplett, CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI). She remarked that after a
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I am honored to have been selected as one of seven Public Service Exemplars by the Suncoast Chapter of the American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA). A Public Service Exemplar is a person dedicated to serving the public with the highest level of performance, integrity and pride. An exemplar’s conduct serves as a model for public and non-profit employees (Source: Suncoast Chapter, ASPA). When I started police homeless outreach in 2012, I never expected this program to become so successful. My colleagues and I have housed hundreds of homeless clients. I have even arranged a wedding for one couple that has been
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Thank you to Sonny’s BBQ, Bags of Brotherly Love and Brandon Elks for honoring all of us today that work in Tampa and Hillsborough County (Florida) to end homelessness. When I started in police homeless outreach in 2012, I never thought in a million years that my program would have gathered so much support. It takes a community to solve complex social problems such as homelessness and I honored for the opportunity and support to do my part.
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At this time tomorrow, I will be on a Boeing 777, traveling about 5,015 miles to Buenos Aires, Argentina. My brother and I will be celebrating his 50th birthday. As is customary, in our family, turning 50 earns us an AARP membership card and the right to pick the bucket-list-venue-of-choice for their birthday. As my brother is a Navy reservist and Afghanistan veteran, he chose to sail around Cape Horn (the southern tip of South America), then visit Antarctica. This is major “cred” if your’re a sailor, and a pretty good holiday if you’re not (such as myself). I chose
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Note: This blog is based upon real events. In this case, John Chadwick ended his life after being separated from his pets. The system failed John. Please read my post. If you agree (or even if you don’t), please consider signing Dee Bonett’s (John’s best friend) petition to prevent future tragedies: Please click here to sign this petition: Introduce pets as support systems for the more vulnerable members of society On October 27, 2017, the Manchester Evening News reported that John Chadwick, 52, from Salford, died after being separated from his pets. John was homeless, and had been staying in a bed
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Please read this story for the full context of my comments: Leading homelessness expert calls Operation Rio Grande a ‘disaster’ Utah, once a shining star for housing first, is now suffering the consequences of the Marbut-ization of it’s homeless policy. You cannot arrest away homelessness. To make my point, I’ll discuss “Billy”, the most prolific offender in my county: He has been arrested over 170 times since 1995. Has has spent an aggregate of over 10 years behind bars – 30, 60 or 90 days at a time, running up an incarceration bill of over $500,000. Perhaps you have heard of
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