How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter?

How Many Homeless People Will Freeze To Death This Winter?

This post first appeared at ThinkProgress. Levi Cummings didn’t die of old age. He didn’t die in an accident, and he wasn’t murdered. Cummings died because he was homeless. He likely froze to death — the state medical examiner must still officially release the cause of death — last Thursday, a victim of the polar vortex and of his inability to afford a place to stay. Cummings left behind his main companion, a dog named Baby Girl, and a bevy of goodwill in the community. “He was the kindest, sweetest man you ever met,” Glenn Blankenship, director of the Shawnee Rescue Mission, told the Shawnee News-Star. Cummings’ death, like those of all homeless people who die from the cold, was preventable. However, he had the unfortunate luck of living in Shawnee, Oklahoma, a city ThinkProgress previously profiled as the worst city in America to be homeless. There should have been another shelter in Shawnee for people like Cummings, but the privately funded project was scrapped by the City Commission, whose chief owned numerous houses nearby and worried what would happen to his property values. There are currently 578,424 homeless people living in the United States, a third of whom have no shelter at all. As temperatures start to fall across the country, they are an extremely vulnerable population, even in areas of the country that don’t regularly see freezing temperatures like Oklahoma and California. More could soon suffer Cummings’s fate. For example, seven homeless people died last year in California during a brutal three-week stretch as temperatures in the normally temperate Bay Area dropped to near freezing. Despite the spate of deaths, Santa Clara County officialsclosed the only local cold-weather...
Tent City Portland (Video)

Tent City Portland (Video)

Anna came by Right to Dream 2. They negotiated a price with the owner of the property to rent it and allow our homeless friends to stay there but the city is attempting to remove them. Anna was nearby at the local Occupy event and stopped to talk with us. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...
Homeless Mother & Baby (video)

Homeless Mother & Baby (video)

This is Portland, Oregon. It’s few blocks from the bridge downtown where all the homeless people hang out. We were out handing out foodShe really touched us and many of the volunteers. We did get her place to stay but it was only for a few days . Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...
24 Hours on the Streets

24 Hours on the Streets

All these pictures were taken in one day on the streets. The woman you see in the picture above (and in the video) is Francis. She slept in a bathroom in the park. When snow and freezing temperatures rolled in the city closed the park and locked the doors to the bathroom. She died  that night on the streets. Two other people in the video died shortly after we made this video. 37,000 Homeless People Will Die on the Streets This Year 6s You’ll also see two more of our homeless friends in the video who passed away a few months after this video was made when below freezing weather rolled in. *37,000 Homeless Deaths Annually (National Coalition for the Homeless) Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)MoreClick to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new...