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"Poverty is the worst form of violence." -- Mahatma Gandhi

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Kelly Thomas and the frail rights of the homeless

While poverty remains at Great Recession levels, Philadelphia has banned food lines; North Carolina’s state government has asked religious groups to stop feeding the hungry; Tampa banned panhandling and sleeping in parks or on sidewalks; Arizona banned begging for money or food, which was later overturned by a federal judge; and a state representative from Hawaii began literally smashing the possessions of homeless people with a sledgehammer…

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Kelly Thomas and the frail rights of the homeless

While poverty remains at Great Recession levels, Philadelphia has banned food lines; North Carolina’s state government has asked religious groups to stop feeding the hungry; Tampa banned panhandling and sleeping in parks or on sidewalks; Arizona banned begging for money or food, which was later overturned by a federal judge; and a state representative from Hawaii began literally smashing the possessions of homeless people with a sledgehammer…

Click here to access the full article

Support a California Homeless Bill of Rights


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Chico California — Life is your tapestry of choices

Without a Roof’s letter to the Editor of the Chico News and Review in response to this weeks cover story…Constant Change

Everyone experiencing homelessness has made a choice to do so. The clear majority simply had no other choice. Those with options chose homelessness as the best choice they had. They all had one thing in common — they were poor when they made that choice.

The choice of words by the Executive Director of the DCBA were refreshing, particularly that the downtown is in much better health than most people think and that simply getting rid of homeless people isn’t the solution. These two choices are joined at the hip. 

The reason Downtown Chico  chooses to do well is the actuation of the view that community is everyone. No one exudes this better than Mr. Schulman who relishes his love for downtown as do those that chose to be steady visitors. Myself included. 

Perceptions from afar are often fuzzy and off kilter. Proximity is a great equalizer. Add downtown to your quilt of places. You’ll be pleased with your choice. 



Enjoy this three minute slice of Chico’s Respectful Revolution and be part of the Community is Everyone solution — everywhere you chose to go.

Chico California — Life is your tapestry of choices

Without a Roof’s letter to the Editor of the Chico News and Review in response to this weeks cover story…Constant Change

Everyone experiencing homelessness has made a choice to do so. The clear majority simply had no other choice. Those with options chose homelessness as the best choice they had. They all had one thing in common — they were poor when they made that choice.

The choice of words by the Executive Director of the DCBA were refreshing, particularly that the downtown is in much better health than most people think and that simply getting rid of homeless people isn’t the solution. These two choices are joined at the hip.

The reason Downtown Chico chooses to do well is the actuation of the view that community is everyone. No one exudes this better than Mr. Schulman who relishes his love for downtown as do those that chose to be steady visitors. Myself included.

Perceptions from afar are often fuzzy and off kilter. Proximity is a great equalizer. Add downtown to your quilt of places. You’ll be pleased with your choice.


Enjoy this three minute slice of Chico’s Respectful Revolution and be part of the Community is Everyone solution — everywhere you chose to go.


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Without a Roof Friend of the Week: Paul Boden

Paul Boden is executive director of Western Regional Advocacy Project and is a leader and organizer in the effort to pass a Homeless Bill of Right in Oregon and California.

Paul and I share one irrevocable milestone in our biographies, going homeless at the age of sixteen. It has shaped my life in ways I didn’t even realize until recently.

Paul’s biography as reported by the Huffington Post

Enjoy the two short clips, 13-minutes total, that were produced by Without a Roof using the audio masters from an interview Sue Hilderbrand did with Paul on her radio show


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Hugs, Love and SHELTER FIRST. Shalom. 

Looked a smiling man in the eye and shook his hand with vigor, the vigor appropriate to support his 26th day clean and sober. Being homeless the odds of him staying clean are slim and none… until slim left town with a posse. SHELTER FIRST — Shalom.

Hugs, Love and SHELTER FIRST. Shalom.

Looked a smiling man in the eye and shook his hand with vigor, the vigor appropriate to support his 26th day clean and sober. Being homeless the odds of him staying clean are slim and none… until slim left town with a posse. SHELTER FIRST — Shalom.

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