January 17, 1988 |
--It's no fancy mansion, but it has a bathroom and a butane stove and is a sight better than the rotting shack that former carpenter Harold Thomas had been living in for the last nine months. The 35-year-old homeless Chicago man, who had been unable to find work for more than a year, was the subject of an Associated Press story that had caught the eye of Roy and Ethel Gilman in Portales, N.M.
December 8, 1988 |
Sitting as a judge for the annual Humanitas prizes for television scripts that best espouse human family values, I was not just impressed but bowled over by "God Bless the Child," a stark and totally uncompromised story about a homeless Chicago mother who must finally abandon her daughter if the daughter is to have any kind of life at all. Dennis Nemec's script indeed took the top Humanitas award this year, and I did not see a finer, more moving performance than Mare Winningham's as the mother.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2005 |
The first head count of homeless people in Los Angeles County found more than 90,000 men, women and children living on streets and in encampments, vehicles and shelters -- with about 35,000 of them chronically homeless. Previous estimates of the subgroup who have been homeless for more than a year -- and who traditionally require more intensive and costly services -- were only about 7,500 people.
January 24, 2000 |
It was a jolt: an unexpected announcement by one of the city's most acclaimed citizens. A bit of shock therapy for the body politic, perhaps. At the very least, it drove home an unpleasant fact of life: Even in boom times, there are growing numbers of homeless families in San Diego desperately searching each night for shelter. The jolt came last week when Catholic Msgr.