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Omaha Opens Emergency Shelter in Wake of Storm
Omaha has just opened their emergency shelter before the first big snow storm. The storm left thousands without power in Nebraska's biggest city. The shelter is located at Columbus Park Community Center

One Community Cuts Veteran Homelessness In Half
Hennepin County in Minnesota, has reduced homlessness for veterans by 53% since 2009. They have found homes for nearly 140 veterans

Orlando Magic Donates To The Coalition For The Homeless
The team is going donate to the Coalition $10 for every ticket that is sold for their November 23rd game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Coalition is the largest provider of services for the homeless in Central Florida

Over $1 Million To Be Awarded For Low Income Housing
The Department of Economic Development has made the $1.2 million award for housing assistance programs in northeast Nebraska to help low-income individuals. Four non-profit organizations will receive the money to restore and build homes for first-time home buyers.

Park Place Outreach Shelter In Savannah Receives $50,000 Donation
This youth emergency shelter is also a temporary shelter which provides other supportive services. The donation came from the Joseph & Mary Dobransky Foundation. The funds are going to provide care for an individual for 250 nights or counseling for 1,800 hours

PCL Construction Has donated $150,000 To Food Banks
PCL donated the funds to twenty-two food banks across the country, such as the Second Harvest Food Bank in Orlando. Since 2009, they have given nearly $600,000 to various food banks in America

Pennsylvania City Approves A New Temporary Winter Emergency Shelter
The Lancaster city zoning hearing board at their latest meeting gave the okay for the temporary winter homeless shelter. The Lancaster YWCA will now open the shelter every evening for women and children only. The Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness will assist the women in finding permanent shelter

Phoenix Dental Clinic Helps The Homeless
Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) provides dental services to the homeless and is most likely the only dental care unit in the country that provides free extreme dental care. One dentist noted that it is very difficult for a person with missing teeth to find work

Photo ID May Be Required For EBT Cards
A Rhode Island State House bill is being sponsored that would require photo identification to be put on all electronic benefit transfer (EBT) cards. It was proposed because fraud is a problem. Opponents say it would be a burden for the elderly and disabled.

Portland Businesses See Problems With Adding More Homeless Shelters
Downtown business leaders say the homeless population is hurting their businesses. They believe adding more shelters and services will only compound the problem. Downtown shelters are already full every night

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