homeless http://wesa.fm en Veterans to Receive Priority with Public Housing http://wesa.fm/post/veterans-receive-priority-public-housing <p>Homelessness among veterans has increased in Pennsylvania by 46.2 percent since 2009 according to the <a href="https://www.onecpd.info/resources/documents/ahar-2013-part1.pdf">National Coalition for the Homeless</a>.&nbsp;To combat this growing number, a bill was just passed unanimously by the state Senate which would give veterans preferential treatment for public housing.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Jess Lasky 32191 at http://wesa.fm Organizations Commemorate Sandy Hook Children with Book Drive http://wesa.fm/post/organizations-commemorate-sandy-hook-children-book-drive <p>It has been more than a year since 20 first graders and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., but two organizations are keeping their memory alive by collecting and delivering books for the more than 1,700 homeless children in Allegheny County.</p><p>Grassroots organization HearYourselfThink collected new and gently used children’s books to commemorate those who died at Sandy Hook Dec. 14 2012.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 20:51:46 +0000 Jessica Nath 22304 at http://wesa.fm Organizations Commemorate Sandy Hook Children with Book Drive Light of Life Rescue Mission Offers Holiday Meals to the Homeless http://wesa.fm/post/light-life-rescue-mission-offers-holiday-meals-homeless <p>Many of us will spend the next few days with friends and family, sharing meals and opening gifts. But for the poor, homeless and hungry, the holidays can present special challenges.</p><p>“I would think the holidays … could be a really difficult time for someone who might not have family or might not have the means to provide the gifts or the food that are so traditionally associated with the holiday,” said Kate Wadsworth, public relations manager for Light of Life Rescue Mission.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:52:27 +0000 Liz Reid 21865 at http://wesa.fm Light of Life Rescue Mission Offers Holiday Meals to the Homeless After the Yarn Bomb: Knit the Bridge Panels Donated to Area Shelters http://wesa.fm/post/after-yarn-bomb-knit-bridge-panels-donated-area-shelters <p>The 588 knitted and crocheted panels that adorned Pittsburgh's Andy Warhol Bridge for the Knit the Bridge project have come down, been professionally laundered and are now being distributed to various agencies in the region.</p><p>“Homeless shelters and different womens’ shelters, there’s a juvenile shelter in Westmoreland County that some are going to and then also animal shelters, Humane Society and some nursing homes,” said Amanda Gross, lead artist for the Knit the Bridge Project.</p><p>On Tuesday, Gross delivered 60 blankets to the Light of Life Rescue Mission on the North Side.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:33:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 16282 at http://wesa.fm After the Yarn Bomb: Knit the Bridge Panels Donated to Area Shelters Allegheny County Gets Housing Vouchers For Homeless Veterans http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-county-gets-housing-vouchers-homeless-veterans <div class="field-item even"><span class="date-display-single" content="2012-04-18T03:00:00-04:00">Wednesday, April 18, 2012</span></div><div class="field-item even"><p>When many <span class="caps">U.S.</span> military personnel leave the service to return home, they might not have a home to return to or they wind up in the streets&nbsp;eventually.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 19:54:40 +0000 Kevin Gavin 3309 at http://wesa.fm