Pasadena Homeless Count Drops Sharply

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Homeless Count Drops Sharply Pasadena’s declines in homelessness in recent years are in sharp contrast to the County’s increases By RON ROKHY with DAVID CROSS | Graphics by the PASADENA PARTNERSHIP TO END HOMELESSNESS Published on Thursday, September 15, 2016 | 1:59 pm Community News A Pasadena Commission heard Wednesday that the number of homeless in Pasadena dropped by 16 percent to 530 in 2016, down 56 percent from the all-time high of 1,216 in 2011.According to the report, the biggest subgroups found and surveyed are chronically homeless individuals (225), people with mental health problems (149) and people with chronic health conditions (154).The survey was the result of a collaborative effort between the Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness, Urban Initiatives and the City of Pasadena’s Housing Department. The results of the 2016 Homeless Count Survey were presented as an informational item to the Human Service Commission.By contrast, the total estimated number of homeless people in Los Angeles County grew 5.7 percent in the same time frame, according to a just-released report.Pasadena’s report breaks down the homeless population into two categories — sheltered and unsheltered. Those counted as “homeless” include people living in places not meant for human habitation and those residing in shelters.Among the findings was a 14 percent increase in the number of chronically homeless individuals.Ann Lansing, a Project Planner for Pasadena Housing Department, said that chronically homeless people may recover from homelessness only to find themselves in the same situation later.“In the Pasadena Continuum of Care, eight percent of the persons who exit homelessness return within two years,” Lansing said. “Those persons may be considered chronic once they return to homelessness, depending on how many times the person had been homeless prior to getting housed.”Sofia Herrera, spokesperson for the Urban Initiative, a nonprofit organization that helped coordinate and conduct the survey, said that Pasadena is one of the first cities to manage an accurate homeless count after realizing the United States government wasn’t doing a good job of it via the census.“In Pasadena, we have been doing this since 1992. We were one of the first jurisdictions in the nation to be conducting a homeless count,” Herrera said. “Pasadena has been very consistent in the last 20 years in conducting a homeless count. The methodology is probably one of the most consistent in the United States in terms of keeping accurate numbers.”Herrera said that chronically homeless people make up the biggest portion because those who have stayed out on the streets the longest are the hardest to get off the streets — but their numbers are slowly decreasing overall despite an uptick in 2016.“Those who are chronically homeless make up a higher percentage of those who are in shelters,” she said. “We have been very good at decreasing their numbers.”According to the report, the methodology of the survey involved sending about 130 volunteers into 16 city zones to count homeless people and categorize them by gender, race, age, the state they were born into and the first initial of their first and last names.Broken down by ethnicity, the report found that homeless persons in Pasadena were comprised of 26 percent Latino, 40 percent African-American, 53 percent White and 1 percent Asian.To count the population in more dangerous places such as alleys, freeways and freeway embankments, police are used even though volunteers are put through a safety orientation, according to Herrera.“Safety comes first. We don’t want to send the average person in those areas,” Herrera said. “We send a team within the Pasadena Police Department that is very active in the count. It is very natural for them to go out to the outlying areas where we don’t want to send volunteers.”Though Pasadena’s overall homeless population decreased from 2015 to 2016, the number of unaccompanied children has remained relatively unchanged compared to last year’s count of four, according to the report.“Some of the reasons that could make a youth homeless are running away from home due to a history of trauma in their family or they could have been abandoned,” Herrera said. “We need to react properly if we find a youth on the street because we want to make sure they aren’t being abused by human traffickers.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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SHOWME’S EASTSIDE IS A FUN PLACE TO ENJOY GREAT FOOD AND DRINK

first_imgSHOW-ME’S EASTSIDE IS A FUN PLACE TO ENJOY GREAT FOOD AND DRINKBY BRYAN FOXSo the big question around Evansville, at least in the restaurant industry, has been is Show-Me’s leaving town?  No, says Curt John, Show-Me’s owner.Recently, CCO had a chance to sit down with John, a former University of Evansville basketball standout and past city councilman.While reports of the Westside Show-Me’s closing down is true, the Eastside location will remain open.  “We will be making pricing changes and hiring a new GM,” says John of the location established in 2008.  “It will be business as usual.”  Of the price changes, John says these will include lowering the drink prices.While Show-Me’s appears to be another sports bar in the same making as Hooters, it also serves as a good place to bring the entire family.  In fact, I bring my wife and daughter to Show-Me’s every Wednesday for their wing special.  I’m referring to the 5 boneless wings for $1.50 served between 3 to 10 pm.  Show-Me’s wings are ample in size and are served in various flavors from medium to hot.  In this writer’s opinion, they are the best wings in town.  The wing deal isn’t the only special Show-Me’s has to offer.  On Tuesday’s, Show-Me’s offers all short well drinks for $2.50.  Mr. John says there will be food/drink specials for all five weekdays eventually.Show-Me’s also allows you to enjoy the nice weather we’ve been having this summer as they have a large outdoor patio for you to enjoy your food and drinks.  For your viewing pleasures, Show-Me’s has 65 TVs including 4 large screens.  They have the NFL package and you will have no problem watching your favorite local sports teams.  No matter if you’re an IU, UK, ND, or Purdue fan, ShowMe’s will not disappoint. The good news is that Show-Me’s have ample parking available.So if you’re wanting to dine-out with the family, go watch the game with your buddies, or just have a craving for wings. stop by at Show-Me’s.  Its a fun place to hang out with great food and drink specials.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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The surprising benefit of a stay-at-home mother

first_imgMercatornet 13 August 2014Our legislators may have decided that society is better served by clever women entering the workplace, rather than staying at home to raise children, but every now and then a spanner falls into the works.The latest challenge to the prevailing orthodoxy comes, not for the first time, from Scandanavia – a part of the world where, for all its nanny-state associations, it is still possible to question the moral and practical superiority of the working mum without being labelled a neanderthal.Academics from the university in Stavanger have drilled into a mass of data to study the impact on a child’s educational ability of a stay-at-home parent. The context for this research is that, in 1998, the Norwegian government brought in a scheme that greatly increased parental incentives to stay at home with young children – but only up to the age of three.What the 2013 study (pdf) found is an unforeseen consequence of this policy. It is hard to measure whether having a mum around all the time can make a toddler smarter. But having a mother at home helps more than just the small child she may have recently brought into the world.Her being ever-present improves quality of life within and without the home, for neighbours, spouses, grandparents – and yes – older children. And, where older children are concerned, we find ourselves in territory which does have a metric; because older kids do exams.So what is the impact of having a stay at home mum on teen-aged children doing school exams? Guess what – it’s positive. And demonstrably so. The Norwegian policy was not intended to give them a booster. It was rooted in a belief in Attachment Theory, a fear that severing the connection between a parent and a young child would be deleterious for that child.But it turns out that the really provable benefit actually accrues to older children.http://www.mercatornet.com/family_edge/view/14579last_img read more

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Middle School 4-Way CC Meet With Eagles, Bulldogs, Indians, & Shiners

first_imgThe Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams hosted a four way meet with Batesville, Milan and Rising Sun on Thursday (8/31).The JCD girls’ team finished 3rd. The JCD boys’ team was incomplete.JCD B M RS MS CC (8-31)The Batesville Middle School boys won their Cross Country meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun on Thursday.  Ean Loichinger won the boys race, followed by Benjamin Moster, 2nd, Will Nuhring, 7th, Daren Smith, 8th, Vonley Hund, 9th, Aiden Geers, 10th, Lyle Oesterling, 12th, Cole Pride, 13th, Carter Walsman, 14th, Cayden Pohlman, 16th, Tacoma Nicholas, 18th, and Tyler Bedel, 19th.The Batesville Middle School girls won their meet against Milan, Jac-Cen-Del and Rising Sun. Lily Pinckley won the girls race, followed by Emma Weiler, 2nd, Ava Hanson, 3rd, Sophie Myers, 4th, Sarah Ripperger, 5th, Katie Olsen, 7th, Maria Lopez, 8th, Jada Day, 9th, Lily Meyer, 13th, Kaylin Hinners, 15th, Madelyn Pohlman, 16th, Alyssa Linville, 17th, and Josie Meyer, 18th. Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold and Bulldogs Coach Derek Suits.last_img read more

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