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Jolene’s First Cousin: Innovative SROs, one year later

ORIGINS of JOLENE’S FIRST COUSIN Two years ago, JOIN was approached by Guerrilla Development with a bold idea: reimagine affordable housing in a way that supports residents through community. The single greatest obstacle JOIN faces in supporting sustainable transitions off the street is access to housing that is actually affordable for the income our folks […]

“When I needed help, JOIN was there”

As we near the end of a tremendously challenging year, I’d like to share a story with you. JOIN has the privilege of witnessing incredible transformations and people overcoming hardships to create a future of possibility for themselves and their families. These stories energize our work and inspire us to continue day in and day […]

Canceling Rent Can Prevent Increases In Homelessness

It goes without saying that the world we live in has changed dramatically in the last six months. The year 2020 has brought a global pandemic that has caused widespread illness and unprecedented rates of unemployment across the world. While much of the unemployment was initially intended to be temporary, the lingering pandemic has caused […]

The Link Between Racism and Homelessness 

When considering homelessness in the United States, it is important to remember that poverty is not actually the biggest indicator of whether or not someone could experience homelessness in their lifetime. As it turns out, race, not economic status, is the biggest indicator of homelessness in this country.  Black, Indigineous, and People of Color (BIPOC) […]

Covid­19 Impact on Homeless Communities

To combat the spread of the Coronavirus, countries around the world have adopted social distancing measures and stay at home orders. In addition to the stay at home orders, individuals are being encouraged to wash their hands often and to maintain a much higher level of personal hygiene than they normally would. These measures and […]

How To File For Social Security Disability Benefits If Homeless

Being disabled and unable to work and earn a living can be stressful. This can be especially true if you are homeless. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers monthly benefits to disabled workers who meet specific medical requirements and other criteria. If you are approved for disability benefits, you can use your monthly benefits to […]

Neighborly Love Notes

During this time of social distancing, we’re collecting neighborly love notes to stay connected to each other. “Dear neighbor, Times are strange and difficult right now, and I am scared for an uncertain future. But the one thing I do know is that we are stronger together, and I can always count on knowing that […]

COVID-19 Response

Dear Friends,  It’s no secret we are in uncharted waters right now. Recognizing that it’s important for each of us to do our part during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, we’d like to share our approach to the services that we will continue to provide during this public health crisis.  By recommendation of the World Health […]

The Economics of Homelessness

In the United States, we live in a capitalist society. Capitalism refers to the political and economic structure based on private ownership of the means of production and their operation for profit. Many capitalists believe that over time capitalistic investments can raise wages and dramatically improve the lifestyles of the working class. It is also […]