Homeless

1:35am

Fri May 9, 2014
StoryCorps

Saying Goodbye To A Friend Who's 'Ready To Go Home'

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 1:26 pm

Eddie Lanier (right) and David Wright became friends when Eddie was homeless in Durham, N.C.
StoryCorps

5:13am

Fri March 7, 2014
StoryCorps

A Homeless Teen Finds Solace In A Teacher And A Recording

Originally published on Fri March 7, 2014 9:39 am

Celeste Davis-Carr, a high school English teacher in Chicago, learned her student Aaron was homeless from a recording for the StoryCorpsU program.
StoryCorps

Aaron didn't intend to tell his classmates that he was homeless. But when he recorded his own story with StoryCorpsU — a project designed to help kids in high-needs schools build stronger relationships with their teachers — he says, it just came out.

"I felt ... like a big load was let off," Aaron explains. (NPR has withheld Aaron's last name, at the request of his foster care agency, to protect his privacy.) "I don't know what made me say it, but I'm like, 'Let me just be honest and just get it out.' "

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4:31am

Fri December 20, 2013
StoryCorps

A Home-Cooked Dinner That's More Than A Meal

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 9:13 am

Willie Davis with his friend Yelitza Castro in Pineville, N.C.
StoryCorps

Yelitza Castro, an undocumented immigrant who works as a housekeeper in Charlotte, N.C., cooks dinners for homeless men and women every other Saturday night. It's a tradition that started after she and her children spotted a man standing in the rain on a cold day with a sign asking for help.

Yelitza gave the man $5, she recalls, but her children wanted to take him out to dinner. She turned around to go back, but he was already gone.

"And we were thinking we have to do something," she says.

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6:32am

Mon November 11, 2013
Veterans Day

Homeless Veteran's Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 7:18 am

Jim Wolf of Grand Rapids, Mich. The Army veteran was transformed for a video that the maker hopes will convince people to look at the homeless differently.
Screen grabs from the RobBlissCreative video

On this Veterans Day, a video showing a homeless veteran's transformation as a stylist cuts his hair, trims his beard and puts him in a new suit, is going viral. It's already drawn more than 10 million views in just 5 days.

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3:59pm

Thu September 26, 2013
U.S.

Fresno Officials Dismantle Homeless Encampments

Originally published on Thu September 26, 2013 5:19 pm

A former encampment. Fresno officials have dismantled three shantytowns.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Any day now, Fresno plans to raze a large homeless encampment that's grown up near downtown. The poor, farm-dependent city in California's Central Valley has one of the highest per capita homeless populations in the country.

In recent weeks, city officials there have dismantled three other sprawling shantytowns. The moves have displaced hundreds of people and sparked controversy.

Underneath Highway 180

Fresno is one of the poorest places in America. One in 4 people here live below the poverty line, and the recession only made things worse.

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