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Public housing enables the homeless to thrive in Asheville
(ASHEVILLE,N.C., Nov. 28, 2015)
-- Being homeless often involves circumstances out of one’s control.
“I was kicked out of my home when I was 18. The hardest part was not knowing where I would be sleeping at night. For a while I was couchsurfing, and when it got really bad I would sleep in my car,” said 20-year-old Daniella Adarve Cuellar. “The key to avoiding police harassment is to park somewhere no one will notice you, like the dark corner of Walmart, but then my safety becomes an issue.”
In 2005, a 10-year initiative started to end chronic homelessness by 2015 in Asheville. According to the executive summary of this initiative, 2,000 people experience homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County at some time during the course of each year.
According to the North Carolina Point-In-Time Count for Asheville/Buncombe County in 2008, the total homeless population was 509 for the year of 2008, a decrease in 2012 to 423 people.
FULL STORY at thebluebanner.net
Springfield zoning discriminates against mentally ill, violates fair housing rules
(SPRINGFIELD, Fla., Nov. 27, 2015)
-- The lawsuit by Disability Rights Florida, a Tallahassee-based advocacy group, asks for an injunction blocking the city from enforcing Springfield’s zoning overlay, created about 15 years ago as a unique set of rules for the historic neighborhood north of downtown built in the late 19th and early 20th century.
It pointed to the city’s refusal last month to permit an apartment building for the homeless as an example of the overlay blocking mentally ill people from living in the neighborhood.
Ability Housing of Northeast Florida, the Jacksonville-based nonprofit that planned to refurbish a 12-unit building at 139 Cottage Ave., sued last week saying the city had violated the Fair Housing and Americans with Disabilities acts.
FULL STORY at jacksonville.com