Petition to U.S. Senate, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, U.S. House of Representatives
Keep Veterans Housed with Civil Legal Aid
Each night, there are tens of thousands of veterans living on the street. One persistent barrier to stable housing for these vets are the sticky civil legal issues that many encounter. Providing civil legal aid can be key to overcoming this barrier. Civil legal aid means no-cost help with the non-criminal legal issues that aren’t covered by public defender programs. Issues like landlord-tenant disputes over rent, battles with the Veterans Administration for disability compensation, consumer debt – all are civil legal matters. If these issues go unresolved, they can cause someone to lose a livelihood or a home, and to spiral into homelessness. To address this need, Senators Richard Burr of North Carolina and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut created The Homeless Veterans Prevention Act of 2017 – bipartisan legislation that includes support for veterans civil legal aid. The Connecticut Veterans Legal Center started this petition calling on Congress to pass The Homeless Veterans Prevention Act. The legislation would help local organizations across the U.S. – like the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center – provide civil legal aid to veterans facing homelessness. This is an opportunity to take a moment to show Congress that you care about giving homeless veterans all the help they need. Please sign this petition calling on Congress to act now. Pass the Homeless Veterans Prevention Act today!
Petition to Department of Homeless Services
Permanent housing for Jim and Happy
James Wayne and his 4-year-old service dog Happy need our help to get them into permanent housing. Jim has been homeless for 11 years, (most recently in Manhattan). To escape the frigid temperatures, they live in the subways. I got involved because my dear friend Carol expressed her major concerns to me that he has done everything that has been asked of him by the Dept of Homeless Services and he still keeps getting the run around mainly because he has a dog, Happy is a certified service dog. She has helped him with steering him in the right direction and giving him guidance on getting medical insurance, applying for housing and also paid to have Happy neutered and vetted. I'm working with his social worker who also shared her concerns and doesn't understand why Jim and Happy keep getting turned away month after month even though she explains that Happy is federally protected. I've been communicating with DHS on his behalf (getting a form signed by him tonight to allow them to share all info on his case with me). He will not go into a shelter for fear of someone harming Happy which I don't blame him. Last week, he injured his hand fending off another homeless man who was trying to burn Happy. All he wants is the same opportunities as everyone else. He has been passed up and getting pushed aside for months. I will not stop until he is offered private permanent housing but I really need someone's help. It's very sad and heartbreaking, this should not be happening. All he wants is a chance to make things better in his life. Please sign this petition and help me make a difference. Thank you.
Petition to Rodolpho Martinez, Carlos Cisneros, Susana Martinez, Martin Heinrich
Make an impact on homelessness in New Mexico- Support SB 273
Homelessness is a serious issue impacting every single community here in New Mexico. And according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, "approximately 30% of people experiencing chronic homelessness have a serious mental illness, and around two-thirds have a primary substance use disorder or other chronic health condition". The purpose of this petition is to gather support for Senate Bill 273, which seeks to appropriate $2.5 million from the general fund to the Human Services Department for permanent supportive housing services, including case management services, life-skills training, housing counseling and rental assistance and other services. MFA provided the following statistics regarding homelessness: People in New Mexico: According to the 2016 point-in-time count by the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness, there are 1,809 households sheltered in New Mexico on any given night. Currently there are 2,423 supportive housing beds in New Mexico for people experiencing homelessness who are also disabled. New Mexico needs at least an additional 690 permanent supportive housing beds to house people who are both disabled and homeless. An additional $2.5 million would help New Mexico serve new supportive housing for 280 households. A 2016 UNM study for the City of Albuquerque’s supportive housing program found an average savings of $14,728 in program costs per person. Jail costs decreased 55.7 percent after entering housing. Hospital emergency room costs decreased by 76.8 percent in the 2-3 years after entering housing, and inpatient costs decreased by 55.9 percent. Please sign this petition, and tell our state representatives that we want to be part of the solution. We want them to say YES to SB 273!!! References• http://www.housingnm.org/community_development/linkages• https://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/17%20Regular/firs/SB0273.PDF
Petition to Jerry Brown, Dianne Feinstein, California State Senate, California State House, Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Boxer, Kevin McCarthy, Hillary Clinton, Doug LaMalfa, Connie Leyva, Donald Wagner, Donald Trump, President Donald Trump, Department of Veterans Affairs, Zoe Lofgren, Human Rights Campaign, Department of Education, Michelle Obama, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Maxine Waters, Xavier Becerra, Young Kim, Tom Young, Hannah-Beth Jackson, Kamala Harris, Melissa Melendez, Melania Trump, Karen Pence, Rex W. Tillerson, Mike Pence
Unhomeless the Homeless in California
Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 135,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population. Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors. Los Angeles County at least 88,000 men, women and children -- 8,000 to 10,000 in Downtown Los Angeles alone -- are without homes. There are beds for less than half of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities. Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least 88,000 men, women and children -- 8,000 to 10,000 in Downtown, including more than 6,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes. There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities. In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure. It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is. The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action. That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis. Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way. Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.
Petition to Mayor Kelli Linville
DECLARATION OF EMERGENCY - Homelessness Response in Bellingham, WA - Whatcom County
INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECTIVES OF RCW STATE GUIDELINES Homelessness Housing and Assistance Act (Ch. 43.185C RCW) for addressing homelessness, we the people ask the CITY to DECLARE ITS RIGHTFUL AUTHORITY and responsibility in leadership ACTION to address the alarming headcount of unhoused population in Bellingham, WA, and to do so by ACTION in accordance of meeting the needs of the unhoused population who are in crisis. PROVISIONS REQUIRED FOR UNHOUSED POPULATION · AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND/OR SHELTER · PUBLIC 24/7 ACCESS TO TOILETS · PUBLIC 24/7 ACCESS TO FREE STORAGE · PERMISSIBLE PARKING FOR VEHICLES · SATISFACTORY MEASURES AND ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS FOR MEETING DAILY BASIC NEEDS · EMERGENCY SHELTER IN IMMEDIATE REAL-TIME (IN ADDITION TO LONG-TERM PLANNING OBJECTIVES) · SPECIALIZED SHELTER FOR “SPECIAL NEEDS” (as defined by chronic illness, unstable physical/mental health, and/or any such impairment or disability causing exacerbated vulnerability when participating in current shelter settings) ASSESSMENT OF CITY CONDITIONS: · RECONSTRUCTION OF PIT ANALYSIS AND ASSESSMENT OF HOMELESSNESS CENSUS REPORTS · ESTABLISH LOCATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTING IMMEDIATE WINTER WEATHER SHELTER · PREVENTATIVE ACTION AND IMPLEMENTATION FOR BOTH EMERGENCY AND DAILY NEED · ANALYSIS TO DETERMINE AND ADDRESS CONFLICT OF INTEREST OR BARRIERS TO CITY ACTION · ENACTMENT OF SANCTIONED ENCAMPMENTS WHEN VIABLE SHELTER IS NOT ADEQUATE FOR PROVIDING OCCUPANCY FOR UNHOUSED POPULATION, INCLUDING BOTH GENERAL POPULATIONS AND THOSE IN DIRE CONDITIONS WITH “SPECIAL NEEDS” To Kelli Linville: We the people ask that you make a formal DECLARATION OF CITY EMERGENCY if the city is incapacitated to ACT INDEPENDENTLY TO ACCOMPLISH THESE TASKS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY with determination that outside intervention for additional resources and management from the COUNTY and/or STATE as well as EMERGENCY TASK FORCES be implemented if the City is ineffective in addressing the homelessness criteria stated above and refuses to act in the best interest of the people. AND LASTLY, the people seek a concentrated effort of priority to consider and ALLEVIATE BARRIERS that prevent COMMUNITY OUTREACH WITHIN THE PRIVATE AND BUSINESS SECTOR and the burden that has been unrealistically and unfairly placed on the private sector. It is an obligation of the CITY to remedy homelessness and delegate the duties of assistance to the people in partnership and collaborative effort with NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS (BOTH RELIGIOUS AND OTHER) THAT CAN ASSIST THE CITY IN THIS EFFORT OF PROVIDING VIABLE SHELTER/HOUSING; however, it is the duty of the CITY to provide this assistance by RCW State Guidelines for addressing homelessness. IMPLEMENTATION OF SOLUTIONS FOR ADDRESSING HOMELESSNESS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: · PROVIDING BOTH TEMPORARY AND LONG-TERM SHELTER(S) FOR UNHOUSED PERSONS BASED ON HUMAN NEEDS · LOCATING AND ADDRESSING THE “SPECIAL NEEDS” POPULATION CURRENTLY ISOLATED FROM ACCESSING COMMON-USE FACILITIES PUBLIC DECLARATION OF THE PEOPLE: CURRENT SHELTER OPTIONS ESTABLISHED IN COORDINATION WITH THE CITY AS EXISTING NON-PROFIT AGENCIES ARE LIMITED IN THEIR CAPACITY TO SUPPORT THE ENTIRE UNHOUSED POPULATION DUE TO FACTORS OF SIZE, UNSATISFACTORY RESOLUTION TO DESIGNATE CITY SHELTER EXPANSION, CONTRADICTIONS OF STANDARD OF CARE, CONFLICT OF INTEREST WITH THE COMMUNITY THEY SERVE, NEGLIGIBLE OPTIONS FOR THOSE WITH “SPECIAL NEEDS”, AND A LACK OF VIABLE SUPPORT, WHICH HAS RESULTED IN BARRIERS FOR IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR LACK OF SERVICES FOR BELLINGHAM WA UNHOUSED POPULATION. IMMEDIATE RESPONSIVENESS IS REQUIRED BY OUR CITY OFFICIALS TO OFFSET FURTHER CRISIS AND APPROACHING WEATHER HAZARDS THAT POSE UNFORSEEN THREAT, ILLNESS, AND DEATH TO THOSE UNSHELTERED LIVING ON THE STREET, AS WELL AS PREVENTATIVE ACTION THAT PERTAINS TO PUBLIC HEALTH AND SAFETY REPERCUSSIONS THAT ARE INCUMBENT TO THE ENTIRE CITY WHEN LIVES ARE LOST. We the people ask you, Mayor Kelli Linville and the members of Bellingham City Council to in your civic duty and representation of the people you serve (whose advocacy in this petition is in support of housing our unhoused residents) to ACT NOW in accordance with RCW State Law, for measures of proper human responsiveness in sheltering our unhoused population with priority.
Petition to Governor Phil Murphy
NJ "Support Recovery" License Plates
"The P.I.C.K. Awareness Act"
It’s no secret that we are in the midst of the worst heroin epidemic this country has ever seen. Unfortunately, losing your family, your home, and your health insurance are problems often associated with this disease. Treatment agencies, including detox, Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) and residential facilities cost money. After discharge, housing and recovery support services are real issues. We believe that everyone who wants to get well should have a fighting chance even if they can’t pay for it. It is our hope that by creating designated license plates to support Addiction Recovery in NJ, we can defray some of the costs and fund housing programs for people who can’t afford it on their own. The sale of special interest license plates in N.J. has made a significant difference in supporting various groups and causes. If you have a loved one suffering from a substance use disorder or if you know someone who is dealing with this disease, please sign this petition if you would be willing to purchase this plate. It is our hope that we can get this designated license plate approved by Governor Murphy.
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No More Homeless Encampments: We Want Our Santa Ana River Trail and City Parks Back!
Homeless encampments along the Santa Ana River Trail and in our city parks deprive us the use of our parks, bring crime into our neighborhoods and businesses, and degrade our quality of life. It is illegal to camp on the river trail or in city parks. This mass defiance of the law undermines the law’s ability to protect all of us. We demand the vigorous and sustained enforcement of these anti-camping ordinances, and a crackdown on criminality in the homeless encampments by the County of Orange, the City of Anaheim and the City of Orange. We support helping the homeless who are willing to do what’s necessary to become independent, productive members of society, but those who repeatedly refuse help cannot be allowed to camp and live on the Santa Ana River trail or in our city parks. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It’s time for our elected officials to empower law enforcement to enforce the law, and reclaim our public parks for the use of the public.
Petition to Sherrod Brown, Robert Casey, Bill Cassidy, Mike Crapo, Pat Toomey, Rob Portman, DIane Feinstein, Sam Johnson, Tom Rice, David Schweikert, Vern Buchanan, Mike Kelly, Jim Renacci, Jason Smith, John Larson, Bill Pascrell, Joseph Crowley, Linda Sanchez, Anna Eshoo, George Holding
End Social Security's Disability Nightmare
Social Security’s disability determination program's been broken for decades. Everyone knows somebody who’s endured this tragedy. I wrote a bipartisan bill to fix the problem called the Eastman Disability Reform Act—the most substantial disability reform in the history of Social Security. This Act restores the public's trust in the agency and Congress, while this petition is asking the 16 members of both the Social Security subcommittees in the House and Senate to take action. Between 800,000 and 1.2 million people file disability appeals yearly—over half of them later win, taking up to 3 years. During this time, many of these honest Americans declare bankruptcy and become homeless. Tragically, 1 in 6 men (and 1 in 7 women) die within 5 years of receiving disability benefits. The rejection of all disability claims is mandated by the agency at a level of 85% (or more) of all applications. This objective's cryptically disguised as the National Agree Rate. The agency has been operating without accountability or impunity for two decades, while 10,000 died awaiting benefits this year! The SSD trust fund will be exhausted in 2023, according to a 2017 Congressional Budget Office report. "Baby Boomers" born between 1946 and 1964 have been postponing retirement, with many becoming disabled; causing extra strain to the SSD determination process. The agency won't add staff because they project the backlog ending in 2025...two years after the disability trust fund's exhausted! A former college roommate (who was born legally blind) was denied in 1994 when he applied at 18. He had to appeal and has the same "horror story" echoed by so many today. I have 8 qualifying conditions and am currently in my second year of appeal. This has occurred with the agencies knowledge for two decades, and, without congressional intervention. We must improve the access and availability of medical records used for determinations by ensuring they're in a usable file format all applicants can securely access. Sending .TIFF picture format files to applicants with encryption software which must be installed on a Windows computer with an optical drive makes it impossible for many to see the records in their agency file. Agency contracted physicians examining claimants will finally see relief from extreme patient caseloads. This will allow for vastly better patient evaluations and less unecessary appeals. Please help a million honest people each year who cannot work and have paid into disability their entire career. We must end the "disability impossibility" so future generations don't assume it's an acceptable part of being disabled in America. Click here to download a summary and full text of the bill. Click here to ask your Senator to support this bill. Click here to ask your House member to support this bill.