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Last year at this time I could only go off of the 2019 numbers of houseless people counted in the nations one night of counting of an invisible population. This year I was hoping to have 2021 numbers as the PIT is done on a night in January. However, the…
Instead of Selling?? Suggested Donations even for Digital Version? What’s that about? Did you know that no one can sell any product on the streets of Phoenix without a Street Vendors permit that has High Barriers like a $150 fee per individual, restricted locations, background check – $150 fee and…
The word Vendors is used here as it is what is used by the industry. We operate within the City of Phoenix boundaries. The city currently has an ordiance that requires all street vendors to be individually certified with a large city fee, background check and finger-printing. Also, this ordinance…
by Mollie Misti The best and worst side of humanity. Can be seen and felt. Best from the streets. You won’t find more truth then here. What we are made of and what we are not. Like most, I began my journey, into homelessness losing everything (health, job, sanity, home,…
A travel journey with Hobo Harry who ends up homeless after a series of tragedies beyond his control. We follow along the struggles and successes as Harry attempts to end his homelessness and be free of the shame and humiliation he lives with daily. Hobo Harry can be funny at times, sad, tragic and overjoyed with new successes each episode.
Through the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), I found there was a way to impact the homeless population in a positive way. I could also fulfill a dream of publishing inspiring stories of homeless individuals to incite change in perspectives. I could fulfill both of these goals with A Street Paper.
A Street Light shines brightly, illuminating the world around them.
I chose the name StreetLights because of all the people I have met that have a story to tell, a story of hope, of struggle, success, tragedy and everything in between. Each one of these people are lights on the street full of hope, inspiration, and compassion. Continue Reading
The number of homeless people living without any kind of shelter has almost tripled since 2014, while the number of those living in some sort of shelter has dropped by 1,500. These numbers have increased over 22% just since 2018
Last year at this time I could only go off of the 2019 numbers of houseless people counted in the nations one night of counting of an invisible population. This year I was hoping to have 2021 numbers as the PIT is done on a night in January. However, the Arizona Point in Time count has been cancelled. So, please excuse the year long delay in getting you the 2020 homeless population census for Maricopa County, Arizona, it is the most up to date data.
Suggested Donations even for Digital Version? What’s that about?
Did you know that no one can sell any product on the streets of Phoenix without a Street Vendors permit that has High Barriers like a $150 fee per individual, restricted locations, background check – $150 fee and limited times?
There’s a story today that places Arizona in 2nd to last place in the voter rights category. When you are convicted of a crime at the Felony level, you loose your right to vote but even after you serve your sentence, complete your parole or probation, and return to society, your voting rights are still imprisoned….sometimes, and most times in Arizona, forever. Check out this op-ed piece in todays AZ Central News.
The reasons voting rights are taken away are so ridiculous you would think Trump was responsible but he wasn’t. According to the piece in AZCentral.com today:
In a 2018 National Review article, two conservative scholars highlight the main critiques, saying felons lack “standards of responsibility and commitment,” and that many leave prison “unimproved.” Moreover, they insist that only law-abiding citizens should make our laws. I say who better to make our laws than those who have experienced our laws in such a personal way?
This argument will go on for millennia or as long as we have crimes, law and prisons. Many Republicans believe that ex-felons will vote Democratic so they are adverse to any increase in their voting numbers. This is not necessarily true and even less so proven because there are so few felons that have had their rights restored. It is my belief that voting is a responsibility and should not be taken lightly. All citizens who are governed by our laws, and constitution should be included in the choosing of the individuals that carry out that governance.
What are your thoughts on the subject? Are you undecided, if so why? What are your reasons for your beliefs? Are you willing to get involved?