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In Uncategorized on April 16, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Lucas Hall

April 16, 2010

The blog that I will be analyzing is Liquidity Preference, which is maintained by a Mr. Jacob Grier. The content of the blog is directed primarily toward Oregonians, and further directed towards people living in the Portland area. It consists primarily of the author’s personal commentary and opinions on various topics; as the author stated, he’s covered everything from cock tails, and libertarian policy, to tobacco policy and raw milk.

 Further, the content is designed in a very easy to read manner. Instead of going the route of many blogs, which tend to be jam packed with information and gadgets indistinguishable from one another, this blog is simple. The content is clearly separated from the links and various technological gadgets, such as a twitter feed.

 The purpose that I garnered from this blog is that it’s designed to inform; albeit in a commentary driven way. There is no specific topic or field of focus, as the author states clearly that the blog is “unapologetically eclectic.”

 The audience seems to be more of the coffee crowed type, i.e. those who frequent the various coffee shops of the nation. Additionally, something I noticed about the topic titles is that the author used relevant SEO words, which as was stated in class, is important. For example, during the recent tax day, the blog author had a post which included tags and title revolving around taxes. What seems sort of obvious is an important point, because according to my research, around this point in the year words that deal with taxes are among the highest searched for. Further, in terms of SEO and layout, the coding is rather simple, which makes it easier for the Bots to index the site for the various search engines.

 Over all, the design and content of the blog is well done; the content is up-to-date and chock full of terms that can increase traffic to the site, and the purpose of the site is clearly stated and held to without much fuss.

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Homelessness Feature

In Uncategorized on March 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm
Adrian Rogers, one of approximately 4,000 homeless people in Lane County.

 

With the United States suffering from a recession, homelessness has become more of an epidemic within the country, and particularly within Lane County.

 “When we were better off, I could always rely on my faith…[sic] for once, I don’t know what to do. I have no answer to the questions my children ask me. ‘Mom, when do we go home?’ What do you say to that when you just don’t know? ” Said a single mother of three, who wished to remain unidentified.

The non-profit groups around the United States who challenge the problem of homeless often deal with the two-headed dragon like causes of homelessness: the difficulty of acquiring funding for their crusades, and the effort to obtain and build low-income housing for the people they help.

A recent Lane County Health Services Homeless count pegged the number of homeless individuals at four thousand, as compared to last year’s figure. There have been countless stories told of people becoming homeless due to mental illness, poverty, and/or financial issues.

Homelessness and poverty are undeniably linked and according to the National Coalition for the Homeless, in 2007 the percentage of the United States population that had lived in poverty – during that year alone – registered as 12.5%, or roughly 37 million people. Over the course of the last three years, that percentage has increased to 13.2%, equating to forty million people.

Additionally with the economic downturn and increase in both unemployment percentage and foreclosure rate percentage, 10.4% and 20% respectively; there is fear that the already hampered homeless advocacy groups and charities will be flooded with a new wave of poverty stricken individuals and family as a result of the poor economy. Similarly, the recently mentioned homeless count showed that the number of homelessness had risen 48% percent within the last year.

The second reason for homelessness is mental illness, which comprises roughly 30% of all homeless persons. Mr. Adrian Richards is an example of that statistic. Growing up in Minnesota, at the young age of twelve, friends and family praised him for how quick and intelligent he was, but they also noticed something different about him.

“I was told I had a high IQ but people thought I was strange,” Richards stated, remarking on many of his early memories. The investigation into – as the family described it – “the queerness” wound up with Mr. Richards being diagnosed with multiple mental disabilities when he was a young adult.

Often, the mentally ill and homeless individual is unable to obtain adequate help for their mental condition. They are frequently arrested for some mere nuisance violation and subsequently either sent to jail or to mental health treatment.

“There’s a large number of them with mental health issues” Said Robert Rogers, Safe Haven Director. “They come in and we work with them, trying to get them to deal with their mental health issues as much as they can.”

Another issue that many non-profit and advocacy groups are currently facing is the inability to obtain funding to pay for their various services, programs and housing. Many organizations rely on State and Federal funding to run their entire operation, but for those groups, the state of available money has been a telling tale.

These same groups that tend to lean on State and Federal funds have found those financial resources either near gone or non-existent. Additionally, non-governmental funds, such as grants, loans, and estate or will bestowments, have also dried up.

“Fighting homelessness with the way things are currently economically…it looks for the foreseeable future like an oasis in the middle of the desert,” Says Anne Williams, Housing Programs Director for Saint Vincent De Paul of Lane County. “It becomes similar to a tooth and nail fight.”

A third problem that many homelessness fighting organizations, specifically one like Saint Vincent De Paul, face is the struggle to either purchase or build low-income housing for homeless individuals and families.

Saint Vincent De Paul for example currently has fifteen low-income housing projects in place and several waiting in the wing to begin. The problem that they are facing comes down to either funding, or regulations.

As previously mentioned, funding for the homelessness fighting and homeless advocacy groups is scarce. According to Anne Williams,  “The cost of building low-income temporary or permanent tends to be somewhat cheap, but when you start adding on requirement after requirement, it becomes costly.”

State and federal regulations and requirements, she claims, increase the cost of obtaining and renovating or building housing projects. This means then that these groups require more funding, and the projects take a longer time to finish. This forces scores of homeless families and individuals to wait.

There are alternatives for homeless individuals and families when it comes to finding a place to stay; temporary housing, missions, shelters, and hotels offer convenient places to stay for those who have some form of income. Several organizations whose projects have stalled work with their clientele to find and pay for these opportunities.

According to the evidence available, homeless is growing and resources are decreasing. For people like Mr. Richards and those who are part of the groups fighting it or advocating for the homeless, the struggle against homelessness is very much a challenge. For Mr. Richards, especially, homelessness was life.

Now, recovery is.

“Even homelessness prevention groups in need”

In Uncategorized on February 15, 2010 at 10:35 am

Fighting homelessness is a tough job, and one that both sometimes goes unnoticed and unfunded. Often, local, community based groups have to scratch and fight for even the smallest of funding.

Despite the optimistic economic outlook, statistics show, there is still a current increase in the rate of individuals and families going homeless. Such information means that there is going to be a tough fight for those homeless and those fighting it.

http://kezi.com/page/162494

http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/24416654-57/sheltercare-program-agency-200000-anonymous.csp

Source analysis

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Metaxas, P. (2008, March 1). New ways studied to assist homeless. The Republican, p. A01. Retrieved February 2, 2010, from http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic/results/docview/docview.do?docLinkInd=true&risb=21_T8510111349&format=GNBFI&sort=RELEVANCE&startDocNo=1&resultsUrlKey=29_T8510111356&cisb=22_T8510111355&treeMax

    Topic:

    This source is about new ways to assist homeless individuals in their efforts to survive.

    Category:

    Journalistic. This source is a journalistic source because of the publication that it comes from and the style that it is written in. The only people that would read this, ideally, are those who live in the newspapers target area – Springfield, Massachusetts. As for the access to the publication, it is free to read and access by anyone. The audience intended for this is the average Joe and anyone who participates in fighting homelessness.

    Sources:

    The main source for this article is the Homelessness Summit that occurred at that point in time, and Philip F. Mangano, a Bush Administration official.

    Analysis/Usefulness:

    This source would help establish the long term trend of establishing or working toward well funded plans and programs to fight homelessness within individual communities, both at a local and federal level. The audience intended for this is the average Joe and anyone who participates in fighting homelessness. As for usefulness, when it comes to the background on this source is that the paper has a long history of issue stories revolving around homelessness.

    Work Cited:

    http://www.masslive.com/republican/

      Koch, W. (2009, April). Homelessness up as families on the edge lose hold. USA Today. Retrieved January 26, 2010, from EbscoHost (J0E418219001909).

      http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ulh&AN=J0E418219001909&site=ehost-live&scope=site

      Topic:

      This source is concerned about the increase in homelessness among families.

      Category:

      Journalistic. This source is journalistic because it comes from the newspaper USA Today and the structure it was formatted in. The sources within this document work together to show that the increase in homelessness is widespread in the United States. This documents audience is the general public, and specifically anyone dealing with homelessness. The access to it is anyone who can afford a copy of the newspaper.

      Sources:

      The basis/sources for this article are Robert Hess of (Department of Homeless Services), Cathy ten Broeke (Homelessness Coordinator – Minneapolis/Hennepin County), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

      Usefulness:

      As far as my argument, this source would work well in order to establish the increase in homelessness that is tied to the economic recession and subsequent funding for it.

      Work Cited:

      http://www.usatoday.com/marketing/media_kit/pressroom/press_kit_usat.html

      http://content.usatoday.com/community/tags/reporter.aspx?id=643

        National Coalition for the Homeless. (n.d.). Author. (Original work published 2009) Retrieved February 1, 2010, from http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

        Topic:

        This source covers facts and data concerning why people are homeless across the United States.

        Category:

        Institutional;Non-profit. This source is a non-profit source given that it comes from the National Coalition for the Homeless, which is an organization that fights the causes and consequences of homelessness in the United States. The people that would read this piece would be those involved with fighting homelessness, government agencies, or people researching for and/or writing

        essays. The access is not limited and available to anyone.

        Sources:

        The sources for this piece include, but are not limited to: U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Conference of Mayors, U.S. Department of Health, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, et al.

        Analysis/Usefulness:

        In the context of my assignments, this article would provide the backbone of my entire article, and essay. The facts here, coupled with the interviews would give them both substance and a basis to work from. This source has a lot to offer in terms of a basis for its sources and facts and is a plethora of information when it comes to the over all amount of data. Many newspapers have used it as a source.

        Work Cited:

        http://adastrum.kansascity.com/?q=node/857

          “RECONNECTING HOMELESS YOUTH of 2008.” Catalog of U.S. Government Publications United States Congress, 8 Oct. 2008. Web. 6 Feb. 2010. <http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ378.110&gt;.

          Topic:

          This document is a congressional bill that would enact provisions that amend previous homeless youth legislation that help the homeless youth of in America, increasing access to services, etc..

          Category:

          Institutional: Government. This source is a document from the U.S. Congressional Archives, which holds all official government documents. The source for this document is, again, the Congressional Archives/Government Publications Office.

          The audience, as well as readership for this document, would fall along the lines of researches, government officials, non-profit groups, etc. The access to these documents, unless limited due to security, is limitless.

          Usefulness:

          This document would serve to show history of government action, and governmental attempts to focus the fight against homelessness to a more local level.

          Work Cited:

            Legislative options for preserving Federally and state-assisted affordable housing and preventing displacement of low-income, elderly, and disabled tenents (2009, June 25). Retrieved January 26, 2010, from http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_house_hearings&docid=f:52408.pdf

            Topic:

            This document is a government document that looks at the options for keeping in place the federal and state funded affordable housing programs.

            Category:

            Institutional; Government. This document comes from a session of congress that covered the issue of housing programs for low income people and families. The audience intended is any government official that has to interpret or delegate the programs. The access to these documents would be, given transparency policies, unlimited.

            Sources:

            It is drawn from the testimonials, accounts, etc. of that session.

            Analysis/Usefulness:

            The document would help in my article and essay because it establishes a history of congress working with local communities to find a variety of options.

            Work Cited:

              “Housing the Homeless.” CQ Researcher 19.44 (2009): 1053. Academic Search Premier. EBSCO. Web. 7 Feb. 2010.

              Topic:

              This source discusses the various problems of housing the homeless across the country. The sources it uses include the National Coalition for the Homeless, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, etc.

              Category:

              Academic/Journalistic. This source (document) is from a well known for its editing, proofing and prestige when covering specific issues. It has won honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel award, among others. The audience that this source is intended for government and academic individuals who happen to read it, need it for keeping up to date with social issues, etc.

              Sources:

              Various

              Analysis/Usefulness:

              This document would help my research because it gives an inside look of housing the homeless in America. The CQ Researcher is well known for its exceptional work, and has received numerous awards. It’s also known for its use of independent sources when conducting analysis and pieces.

              Work Cited:

              http://www.abanet.org/publiced/gavel/win02.html

                Donohoe, Martin, M.D., “Homelessness in the United States: History, Epidemiology, Health Issues, Women, and Public Policy”, Ob/Gyn & Women’s Health journal, 2004;9(2) July 7, 2004.

                Topic:

                This source is from the Ob/Gyn & Women’s health journal, it covers some of the issues facing homeless people and suggests what could be done for them. The primary audience and people that have access to this publication are any medical professionals that are involved in OBGYN medicine.

                Category:

                Community/Academic.

                Sources:

                The sources this uses include numerous health agencies, such as the Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Disease Control, etc.

                Usefulness:

                This magazine is well known for being top of the line in terms of publication; however, it should be noted that this journal is published by a company that is, naturally, out to make money. This source would help

                Work Cited:

                http://www.medconnect.com.au/Information/AboutUs/tabid/95/Default.aspx

                http://www.medconnect.com.au/tabid/36/s23/Ob-Gyn-Womens- Health/Default.aspx

                  Rice, D., & Sard, B. (2007, February). THE EFFECTS OF THE FEDERAL BUDGET SQUEEZE. Retrieved February 08, 2010, from http://www.cbpp.org/files/2-1-07hous2.pdf

                  Topic:

                  This source looks into the hit that the low-income housing programs across took

                  with the shrinking budget at the time.

                  Category:

                  Institutional: Non-profit/Government

                  Sources:

                  Various and numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations.

                  Usefulness:

                  Despite the fact that the budget is being increased for homelessness, there is a plethora of sources and statistic within this very large report that would serve an essential purpose in establishing the consistent motion that the people in charge of setting up the funding face, and it would also help to establish the difficulties faced with gaining access to funding period.

                  Work Cited:

                  http://www.cbpp.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=view&id=42

                  http://www.cbpp.org/experts/index.cfm?fa=view&id=40

                    United States Conference of Mayors, “A Status Report on bonners and Homelessness in America’s Cities: a 27-city survey”, December 2001.

                    Topic:

                    This document looks at the reasons behind people becoming homeless, and establishes a set of standards regarding the issue of homelessness, including focusing on why and how.

                    Category:

                    Community/citizen.

                    Sources:

                    The sources for this included various homeless agencies across the United States within a specific group of cities.

                    Usefulness:

                    This source is widely used as the universal standard for what constitutes the ongoing trend of homelessness and the approximate number of people homeless every year. Well respected non-profit groups like the National Coalition for the Homeless use this source in its information.

                    Work Cited:

                    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

                    http://usmayors.org/about/overview.asp

                    http://www.libraryindex.com/pages/2280/Nature-Homelessness-CAUSES-HOMELESSNESS.html

                    10.

                    United States Conference of Mayors, “US Conference of Mayors/Sodexho Hunger and Homelessness Survey: 2005”, December 2005, “Main Causes of Homelessness”, p.63-64.

                    Topic:

                    This source covers the reasons behind people becoming homeless, and establishes a set of standards regarding the issue of homelessness, including focusing on why and how.

                    Category:

                    Institutional: Non-profit/Government

                    Sources:

                    This document relies heavily on the reports of various research outlets, including academic institutions, non-profit agencies, et al.

                    Usefulness:

                    Again, like the other source from this organization, it is widely cited as the starting point for research into further defining homelessness. In the context of my article, this information would help to lie out and reinforce the sub issues that I will be examining.

                    Work Cited:

                    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

                    http://www.lexisnexis.com/us/lnacademic/auth/checkbrowser.do?rand=0.9596728834414598&cookieState=0&ipcounter=1&bhcp=1

                    http://policyoptions.pbworks.com/Homelessness

                    http://www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/why.html

                    The talk (a picture)

                    In Uncategorized on January 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm

                    (The couple were not willing to let me talk their picture, but the owner of the place didn’t mind. )

                    Sounds and Childhood

                    In Uncategorized on January 19, 2010 at 10:29 am

                    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.

                    Despite new year and funding – increase of homelessness possible

                    In Uncategorized on January 18, 2010 at 5:57 pm

                    “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.

                    Source

                    Source

                    Homelessness Timeline

                    In Uncategorized on January 14, 2010 at 4:25 pm

                    I.

                    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.

                    1925 – Borrowing and mortgaging increases, as a result many people  [sic] and many go poor.

                    1932 – Due to the Great Depression, countless become destitute.

                    1933 – The National Industrial Recovery Act allowed Public Works Administration to help slums and public poverty problems.

                    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.

                    1983 – The Housing & Urban-Rural Recovery Act enacted rental rehabilitation programs & limited Section 8 benefits

                    1998 – Philadelphia develops first plan to end homelessness.

                    II.

                    http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics/AP/story/1421516.html

                    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.

                    http://www.jstor.org/stable/584973

                    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.

                    http://politicsinminnesota.com/blog/2010/01/grant-program-helps-those-in-foreclosure-avoid-homelessness/

                    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.

                    http://www.news-leader.com/article/20100112/NEWS01/1120338/HUD-awards–894-000-plus-to-six-homeless-prevention-programs

                    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.

                    http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2009/dec/23/news/chi-ap-ia-homelessgrants

                    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.

                    Summary:

                    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.

                    Hello world!

                    In Uncategorized on January 8, 2010 at 9:10 pm

                    Welcome to WordPress.com. This is your first post. Edit or delete it and start blogging!

                    NOAA proposes habitat revisions for sea turtles

                    In Uncategorized on January 8, 2010 at 1:48 pm

                    http://www.kgw.com/news/local/80718997.html

                    http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2010/20100105_leatherback.html

                    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.