PROJECTS HELPING THE HOMELESSNESS

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EVERYBODY IS USEFUL

When working with homeless and disabled artists, the refrain that social entrepreneur Liz Powers hears most often is: "I don't want a handout, I want an opportunity." In this talk, Powers explores the concept of "Joblifting," a way to create chances for people by focusing on their talents rather than their circumstances.

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Liz Powers

TED Talk   2016

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A PRACTICAL WAY TO HELP THE HOMELESS FIND WORK AND SAFETY

When Richard J. Berry, the mayor of Albuquerque, saw a man on a street corner holding a cardboard sign that read "Want a job," he decided to take him (and others in his situation) up on it. He and his staff started a citywide initiative to help the homeless by giving them day jobs and a place to sleep -- and the results were incredible. 

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Richard J Berry

Mayor of Albuquerque

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THE HOUSING FIRST APPROACH TO HOMELESSNESS

What do you think would happen if you invited an individual with mental health issues who had been homeless for many years to move directly from the street into housing? Loyd Pendleton shares how he went from skeptic to believer in the Housing First approach to homelessness -- providing the displaced with short-term assistance to find permanent housing quickly and without conditions -- and how it led to a 91 percent reduction in chronic homelessness over a ten-year period in Utah."

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Lloyd Pendleton

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HOW THE ARTS HELP HOMELESS YOUTH HEAL AND BUILD

ChopArt, which is a multidisciplinary arts organization for homeless minors. ChopArt uses the arts as a tool for trauma recovery by taking what we know about building community and restoring dignity and applying that to the creative process. ChopArt is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with additional programs in Hyderabad, India, and Accra, Ghana, and since our start in 2010, we've served over 40,000 teens worldwide. Our teens take refuge in the transformative elements of the arts, and they depend on the safe space ChopArt provides for them to do that. An often invisible population uses the arts to step into their light, but that journey out of invisibility is not an easy one. 

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Malika Whitley