(The couple were not willing to let me talk their picture, but the owner of the place didn’t mind. )
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What is the value of a sound? For many, a sound is priceless.
Imagine that you are walking home and you hear an all too familiar jingle. You tap your hand on your leg and continue to walk as you recall your distant childhood and the fond memories the sound reminds you.
Sounds often remind us of love or things we never want to lose. We all have one that reminds us of cherished memories from our childhood; it is through these we retain a piece of innocence.
As a child I would frequently spend my time at my late grandmother’s house. She was an artist by trade, and an inspiration because of her strength in fighting polio, the disease she suffered from for most of her life. Often, when I would stay at her house, I would listen to her hum an old radio commercial jingle from her era. She would sing it while I played or fell asleep.
So every time I hear it, I am whisked back to the wondrous days I spent with her; back to her strength and fight, and back to where I first experienced the wonder and beauty of my first love, art.
“Boost in homelessness strains families, taxpayers”
Several sources and homelessness fighting agencies have indicated that as the current economic down turn continues, there is likely to be an increase in the number of homeless people (families and singles), despite the funding that is being given to state and local governments so they can fight the public issue. Some of the sources showed that the end of 2009 brought an increase in foreclosure, and hence risk of homelessness increases. This is important, because of the fact that it is still a growing issue despite the funding and programs being used to fight it.
Should the government establish a mandate that increases funding for fighting homelessness?
Homelessness in the United States
1892 – Congress allocates $20,000 for the Labor Department to look at slum conditions in four major US cities. The study reveals that 14% of cities’ residents are termed homeless.
1908 – President Theodore Roosevelt creates the Housing Commission in order to investigate homelessness.
1932 – Due to the Great Depression, countless become destitute.
1938 – The National Housing Act was implemented to build a project for homeless.
1949 – Housing Act enacted to construct 810,000-unit public housing program
1965 – Department of Housing & Urban Development started as to create low-income housing.
1974 – The Housing & Community Development Act was passed.
This Miami Herald article discusses one of the recent attempts at funding for the fight against homelessness. It talks about the struggle to allocate the funding toward effective use.
This Family Relations journal article talks about the impact of homelessness on family relationships and the dynamics that revolve aroun them. It claims that homelessness can at times strengthen the inter-family bond.
This Politics in Minnesota article discusses the recent grant issued to help people who face homelessness fight it. It is important because of the plans and suggestiosn put forth similar to this.
This article relates the recent grant given by the Housind & Urban Development agancy toward six groups that fight homelessness. It’s significant since there are often issues of funding the fight against homelessness.
This article talks about the state of Iowa getting money for fighting homelessness; the significance of this link is that it shows the first step in the federal government’s plan to fight homelessness though HUD providing $1.4 Billion in aid for homeless people.
These links play an important role in that they address some crucial issues revolving around homelessness – namely in the area of funding, the process of how funding is received, how the funding is used, etc. It also shows that there is a widespread, albeit mostly community focused, effort to fight it. These links will offer the means to branch out, given the references in them of organizations, actions, cities, towns, etc. that are fighting homelessness.
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A proposition has been made by federal biologists regarding the protection of the endangered leather back sea turtle that resides along the West Coast. Such an action could affect the development of renewable energy located offshore and certain plants that deal with desalination plants.
The areas cover regions in Oregon, California, and Washington.