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SF homeless count shows adult chronic homelessness on the rise

first_imgA bi-annual count of San Francisco’s homeless population released Friday shows the homeless count in the Mission District rising by 100 residents to 510, the third highest count in the city.South of Market tops the list with 3,655 homeless residents and the Bayview is second with 1,245 homeless residents, according to the tally of a single night in January. Citywide, the the number of homeless residents stands at 7,449 – down roughly one percent from the 7,539 counted in 2015.Behind that one percent figure is a story of successes and failures. The number of homeless youth is down by 28 percent to 1,363, the number of  families is down by 10 percent to 190 and the number of chronically homeless veterans is down from 208 in 2015 to 137 individuals in 2017.   Tags: homeless Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0%center_img The cost of that success offers an indication of the challenge. Jeff Kositsky, head of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, said at Friday’s press conference that the city has invested “smartly and wisely and well and significantly” on homelessness and pointed out that, “during the last four years we have seen a quadrupling in our investments in permanent supportive housing for youth.”The funds and effort, the January count shows, managed over the last two years to reduce the number of homeless people in families to a reported 26 and get 199 youth and unaccompanied children and 59 chronically homeless veterans off the streets.  At the same time, adults on the streets jumped by four percent to 6,986, the chronically homeless, defined as residents homeless for more than a year or who have experienced at least four episodes of homelessness in the last three years to 2,138 and the overall number of homeless veterans increased by 31 percent since 2013.“We are learning that people are staying homeless longer. People who are homeless are getting older. And people who are experiencing homelessness are getting sicker on our streets,” said Kositsky.The chronically homeless living in tent encampments, a population that hovers at around 400, has stayed “relatively flat,” according to Kositsky.  His agency has removed 11 large scale tent encampments from the Mission and surrounding neighborhoods over the past year, but the campers soon pitch new tents, sometimes just around the corner from their old encampment.  While the count is a methodological measure to track the city’s progress on the issue, Kositsky said that the count fails to reflect the people who come to the city seeking services, bringing the number of the city’s homeless closer to 15,000. Homeless advocates have long estimated that the actual number of the city’s homeless hovers around 18,000. “We are making progress in very focused populations, like families, but it’s disturbing that the total number of homeless veterans has gone up given the federal resources,” said Jennifer Friedenbach, director of the Coalition on Homelessness. “We are doing very poorly when it comes to chronic homeless and the encampments, which cross over.”At the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Deputy Director Fernando Gomez-Benitez said that the number of homeless clients seeking the center’s services has steadily increased in recent years. Though Mayor Ed Lee has set aside new funding for mental health and substance abuse treatment services, Gomez-Benitez said the city needs a more rigorous partnership between city departments and service providers – one that combines outreach, case management and a pathway to housing.Even then, however,  at the end of the pathway, there is simply not enough housing – on the books or in the process of being built. Still Gomez-Benitez said the city could do better. “I think we are not going to be able to decrease the number of homeless in a short period of time if there isn’t’ a reform, redesign of the whole system on behalf of the city and their programs and on behalf of the community programs and a major coordination with both pieces,” he said. For his part, Kositsky appeared optimistic and said his goal remains to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent in the next five years, with help from a $100 million donation by the local nonprofit Tipping Point. In addition to the city’s $241 million budget for homelessness, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has pledged another $65 million over the next two years to bolster mental health and substance abuse services. So far, we know that the new money will add 40 new mental health beds at San Francisco General Hospital and create a 24-hour drop in center in the Tenderloin and bolster existing services.A survey of 1,104 homeless individuals showed that 53 percent of respondents had at least one disabling conditions – 41 percent reported substance abuse issues and another 39 percent reported psychiatric or emotional conditions.  Kositsky said that his department will release a strategic plan next month to address the city’s chronically homeless population. The department has also begun to roll out a comprehensive system tracking homeless individuals in the city’s system of care that Kositsky promised will be more accurate that a one 24-hour point in time count. That system, called the online Navigation and entry system, is expected be fully deployed by June of next year. last_img read more

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SAINTS have announced their squad for Sundays Rou

first_imgSAINTS have announced their squad for Sunday’s Round 25 Super League match at Wakefield Wildcats.Gareth O’Brien will sit out this weekend’s game on advice of the club’s medical team but the club has been boosted by the return of Sia Soliola.The second rower replaces Joe Greenwood in the ’19’.On Saturday Greg Richards was withdrawn from the squad with Luke Thompson being added.Nathan Brown will choose from:1. Paul Wellens, 3. Jordan Turner, 4. Sia Soliola, 5. Francis Meli, 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Jonny Lomax, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 11. Tony Puletua, 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi, 16. Paul Clough, 19. Josh Jones, 21. Tommy Makinson, 25. Alex Walmsley, 26. Adam Swift, 27. Anthony Walker, 33. Luke Thompson, 36. Stuart Howarth.Richard Agar will select his Wakefield side from:1. Richard Mathers, 2. Peter Fox, 3. Dean Collis, 4. Lee Smith, 5. Ben Cockayne, 7. Tim Smith, 8. Justin Poore, 9. Paul Aiton, 10. Andy Raleigh, 11. Ali Lauitiiti, 12. Danny Kirmond, 13. Danny Washbrook, 15. Kyle Amor, 16. Oliver Wilkes, 20. Reece Lyne, 26. Bobbie Goulding, 27. Chris Annakin, 28. Liam Kay, 32. Taulima Tautai.The game kicks off at 3.30pm and the referee is James Child.Ticket details are here.Stat Pack:2013 Meeting:St Helens 52, Wakefield 18 (SLR7, 15/3/13)Super League Summary:Wakefield won 7St Helens won 25Highs and Lows:Wakefield highest score: 41-22 (H, 2004) (also widest margin)St Helens highest score: 64-16 (H, 2005) (Widest margin: 60-4, H, 2005)Personal Milestones:Paul Wellens remains one point away from 1,000 in his career.last_img read more

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STHELENS RFC is delighted to be fuelled by Eur

first_imgST.HELENS R.F.C. is delighted to be fuelled by Europe’s largest online sports nutrition brand, Myprotein.com.As our Official Sports Nutrition Supplier, Myprotein offer Saints fans an exclusive 10% discount on the very same supplements used and endorsed by the St Helens squad (just enter the code ‘STH10′ at the checkout to redeem your 10% discount).Based on the principles of uncompromising quality, exceptional range and guaranteed value, Myprotein is the ideal destination for all your sports supplement and nutrition needs, regardless of sport, ability and experience. Find out more here.“The quality of Myprotein’s supplements are the primary reason we continue to develop an enduring relationship with the brand.” said Saints’ Head of Strength and Conditioning, Matt Daniels. “Their nutrition and training products play a part in ensuring our players are able to prepare for and recover from one of the toughest sports and competitions in the world. Nutrition is an important part of good health, whether you’re an elite athlete, or a recreational player or just want to keep fit, and the range of quality products which Myprotein offer means they have something which can be of benefit to everybody.”In addition to supplements and nutrition products, Myprotein offer industry-leading advice and content. Myprotein’s expert nutritionists, along with their body of elite performers from a range of sports and disciplines, have pooled their knowledge to form training plans, diet tips, healthy recipes and training motivation. You can find all of this content in The Zone.It’s not only professional and elite clubs like Saints who can benefit with Myprotein. Their ‘Cash For Clubs’ scheme gives amateur clubs from any sport the opportunity to benefit. The scheme offers discounts, cash-back on all purchases, and Myprotein welcome packs, as well as the chance to become a partner of Europe’s leading online sports nutrition brand. To find out more, visit the Myprotein Cash For Clubs page.Saints Favourite Products:Informed-Sport True WheyInformed-Sport Creatine MonohydrateBeta AlanineOmega 3Foam Rollerlast_img read more

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KEIRON Cunningham was pleased with the win and cal

first_imgKEIRON Cunningham was pleased with the win and called James Roby “different gravy” after they beat Hull KR 31-22 on Friday.“It was a good win,” he said. “I was happy with how we built into the game coming off the back of last week. You saw from the Wigan game how tough it is to come off the back of an emotional and physical game the week before.“The boys were slightly jaded at the start but they stayed in there and gave themselves a real good shot up to half time.“We had a conversation at half time, changed things around and all credit they came out firing. They only had one thing in mind what they wanted to do. I’m pleased.“James Roby is different gravy and showed why he is one of the best hookers in the world. Travis Burns has gone a great job in the middle for us as has Morgan Knowles but to have Robes back takes you to a different level.”He continued: “It is good to win here. I think last time we did I was playing. I’m not big on history and things like that. Every year is a fresh slate. You have to go out, prepare the best you can and have a crack.“I suppose the news we didn’t want to hear is that Chris Chester was let go in the build up.“When a new coach comes in you are fighting against players with their backs to the wall. They want to do a good job for their coach and for the future of their contracts.“We knew they would come out fighting and we did a good job to stay with them for that period.“We did the job we should have done in the second half.”  Tickets for the games against Castleford, Wakefield and Wigan (ALL TICKET) are now on sale.You can buy from the Ticket Office at Langtree Park, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

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SAINTS TV St Helens Women

first_imgAhead of our season opener with Wigan Warriors on Sunday, each member of our Women’s squad formally received their Heritage numbered Saints shirts in which they presented as a gift to their official sponsor.Saints Women’s Head Coach Derek Hardman kicked things off and looked ahead to the clash with the Warriors on Sunday.Our captain and World Cup Ambassador, Jodie Cunningham, then spoke about the talent in the Saints Women’s first team squad as well as the upcoming talent in the newly formed U19s Women’s squad.Saints Community Development Foundation community coaches Jenny Welsby and Tara Jones were also presented with their shirts and both ladies talked about their work with the club’s charitable arm.New signing Beth Stott talked about her shift back to rugby league having arrived at the Saints from rugby union, whilst men’s first team players James Bentley and Luke Douglas played their part too, presenting shirts to some of our Women’s team.Player SponsorsNaomi WilliamsSpanjer Chemicals LtdPip BirchallGerrard Songsters Saints supporter groupRebecca AvennelThe ExilesLizzie GladmanSponsorship availableJenny WelsbyFamily Business Matters LtdRebecca RotheramOld Kent Road LLCRhianna BurkeYSports YMCAFaye GaskinPatrick Wilson RecruitmentEmily RudgeJungle out thereTara JonesA Star RecruitmentZoe HarrisDarren WoosterChantelle CrowlOrrell MotorsJodie CunninghamCinema BarRandal RainesTile elementsVicky WhitfieldInventya LtdKatie MaySterling PVCDani BushBravo InnsClaire MullaleyDKCC Ltd SpecialistSarah LovejoyACL Electrical Ltd NorthwestLizzie GladmanWomen Went To Mow Garden ServiceLea BurkeCo Op Distribution Lea GreenTeam SponsorVillage Hotels Liverpoollast_img read more

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State agencies ask outline funding request in wake of GenX investigation

first_img “While we have deployed our staff experts to address the immediate challenges, long-term solutions such as rigorous water testing and scrutiny of water discharge permits will take more resources than the State of North Carolina currently maintains in our departments,” the letter reads.The leader goes on to ask lawmakers to work on an emergency appropriation when they convene in September that would include:Water and public health; Department of Health and Human Services, $530,839Related Article: Gov. Cooper tours Bladenboro, pushes for a smart rebuildResources to establish a Water Health and Safety unit in the Division of Public Health that would include additional expertise specifically on water quality.Medical risk assessor, a physician who has experience with poisoning and environmental toxicity;PhD Toxicologist, to research and review available studies and formulate strategies to mitigate harmful health effects;Informatics/ epidemiologist, to organize data and perform high-level analysis to arrive at causation of harm;Health educator, to establish adequate public notifications and provide educational materials and briefings to the public.Water quality monitoring, permitting; Department of Environmental Quality, $2,049,569Funding for long-term water sampling for the presence of GenX by DEQ at a cost of $14,000 per week for a full year (currently the cost is being funded by the corporation and performed by the Environmental Protection Agency and private labs on a time-limited basis).Staff for the Division of Water Resources: Already a backlog of wastewater permits exists, and the review time can take as long as two years. That’s too long for the public and industry. Adding experts would give us more thorough and timely review.Four Engineers, three Environmental Specialists, two Environmental Senior Specialists, two Hydrogeologists, two Program Consultants, a Business Technology Analyst and two Chemist III to strengthen the Division of Water Resources so it can address unregulated compounds in the water discharge permitting program and allow more frequent sampling and faster evaluation.These water quality scientists and experts like hydrogeologists and chemists would work with local governments to identify where contaminants occur and where they come from.Move the permits from paper copies to an electronic database to integrate wastewater, drinking water and groundwater information and allow for easy searches.The legislation would also direct the Environmental Review Commission to study whether there should be an exemption to the so-called “Hardison amendment” that prevents the state from enacting stricter standards than the federal government.According to a news release, since 2013, DEQ has seen approximately 70 positions eliminated that once supported the permitting, compliance and enforcement programs. DEQ is responsible for monitoring 38,000 miles of waterways. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The leaders of a pair of state agencies have sent a letter to legislators outlining their requests for more funding in the wake of the GenX investigation in southeastern North Carolina.During his visit to Wilmington last month to discuss GenX with local leaders, Gov. Roy Cooper called for investing more resources in experts to help protect the state’s water. Today DEQ Secretary Michael Regan and DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen sent a letter to legislators from the counties affected by GenX in the water requesting more funding.- Advertisement – last_img read more

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Rural communities receive grants to support jobs infrastructure property upgrades

first_img(Photo: MGN Online) SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — Rural areas across the state will get a big boost in funding thanks to the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority.The group approved 21 grant requests totaling $7.2 million Friday.- Advertisement – Some of that money will be used to create 342 jobs.In our area,  the town of Elizabethtown will get money for airport improvements. White Lake will be able to expand a healthcare building. Tabor City is getting money to renovate a warehouse and Brunswick County will be renovating a vacant building.The public investment in these projects has already attracted $74.3 million in private investments.last_img

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Dosher Memorial conducting community health survey

first_imgDosher Memorial Hospital in Southport (Photo: WWAY) SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — If you live or work in Brunswick County, then Dosher Memorial Hospital would like to hear from you.They are conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment for 2018, which you can find here.- Advertisement – It asks questions such as, ‘In your opinion, what do most people die from in your community and what is the biggest health issue of concern in your community?’“The Board of Trustees, Administration and Medical Staff will use the collective feedback to prioritize health and wellness needs, and implement specific services over the next few years,” Dosher Board Chair Sherri Marshall said. “We look forward to a high participation rate, especially because the survey takes less than five minutes to complete.”619 people completed the last Community Health Needs Assessment survey by Dosher in 2015.Related Article: NC man’s runny nose turns out to be leaking brain fluidThe hospital expects to surpass that amount through this year’s survey.Results will be announced later this year.last_img read more

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Wilmywood is back in action as filming kicks off

first_img The movie, based on a novel written by Julia Walton, is about a teen struggling with schizophrenia.The new production has set up shop at Screen Gems Studios.A few of the roles will be played by Charlie Plummer, Aaron Dominguez, Taylor Russell, and AnnaSophia Robb. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmywood is breathing some new life these days as the feature film “Words on Bathroom Walls” is now filming around town.Filming kicked off Monday morning on Castle Street in the Port City, crews will be at this location until the end of the week.- Advertisement – last_img

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Verizon works to restore service to customers

first_img– Advertisement – Verizon Call Center in Wilmington. (Photo: WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Verizon Call Center in Wilmington is one of the many agencies working to keep the lines of communication open for folks.They have been bringing in supplies and to join in post-storm efforts. The company has brought in the disaster recovery team to help those recover from Florence. 1 of 3 Verizon deploys ‘Big Red’, other assets for Hurricane Florence recovery on September 20, 2018 (Photo: Verizon) Verizon deploys ‘Big Red’, other assets for Hurricane Florence recovery on September 20, 2018 (Photo: Verizon) Verizon deploys “Big Red” and other assets for Hurricane Florence recovery on September 20, 2018 (Photo: Verizon) Verizon has also been working to refuel cell tower generators and restore service.Representatives say their priority is to make sure people can communicate with each other and stay safe during this time.“We’re reacting, we’re refueling, and we’re rebuilding,” said Chief Network Officer Nicki Palmer said. “On the sales and the consumer side, we offered free call, text and data to our customers to help them not have to worry about their bill.”Related Article: Voter registration extension sought in flooded S. CarolinaPalmer says they are partnered with emergency operations agencies and she says they are extending the period that they will waive extra fees.last_img read more

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