Fencing Out the Homeless

On any given night, many homeless people sleep in an alley between Central Presbyterian Church (Atlanta, GA) and the Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Those who do so not only feel safer than they do in other parts of the city, but also have direct access to the many outreach services provided by these congregations. Recently, however, the governing body of Central Presbyterian voted in favor of a proposal to build a fence to keep homeless people out of their alley.  This Read More …

Social Media Benefits the Homeless

A recent study conducted by Art Jipson, a sociologist and criminologist at the University of Dayton, found that "social media  . . . tear down economic and geographic barriers to help homeless people connect to their families and support networks."  More specifically, Jipson learned that homeless people leverage free services like Facebook and Twitter to find food, shelter and job services, and to keep up with family and friends. All they need is a smart phone or public library with Internet Read More …