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    Introduction and interest in homeless "communities"

    My husband and I about ready to make the big jump across the pond to Australia. where I have not lived for 38 years.
    After a long career in health care we are not ready to sit on the porch and sip chardys!
    He is an emergency dept physician and after retiring from my role as hospital CEO, I became a Rabbi, not your usual career move!
    Now both of us are ready for a new adventure.
    I am very interested in how homeless "communities" organize themselves ( such as the one we have seen in Santa Barbera, CA) and where homelessness fits in the national policy scene/debate in Oz. And where "best practice" around affordable housing is being practiced?
    Also wondered whether the trend to shared communities ( as in Corvallis Oregon and Portand Oregon) is moving in Australia...smaller energy efficient homes with a common living area and gardens....

    Anyway, hi to all...happy to join the conversation

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    Welcome from the Hoosier State.

    Talk about making changes.
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    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    I know!
    But if the change is not bodacious, it doesn't get the attention of the universe!
    It has been a very interesting experience of selling home, contents, giving stuff to people you love, seeing your favorite casserole dish go out the front door and putting a handkerchief on a stick.
    Stay tuned!

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    The main text of my class on 'Homelessness and Public Policy' is a little paperback called "Tell Them Who I am". It was written by a man dying of cancer who had already been volunteering in a homeless shelter and decided to quit his job and spend his last months on earth doing something more worthwhile than chasing a paycheck. A great read. I highly recommend it.

    There used to be a free website available for the class "Homelessness and Public Policy". Unfortunately, the last zillion times I looked for it, it was nowhere to be found. So off the top of my head I can't think of any other resources.

    Good luck in your adventure. And welcome aboard!

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    Greetings from the Florida panhandle.

    Quote Originally posted by judeth View post
    ...But if the change is not bodacious, it doesn't get the attention of the universe!...
    Is this about your goals or about you?

    Shared communities? meeh. They don't work, IMHO.
    Annoyingly insensitive

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    Quote Originally posted by RichmondJake View post
    Greetings from the Florida panhandle.



    Is this about your goals or about you?

    Shared communities? meeh. They don't work, IMHO.
    It's about the goals. I just get to be a vehicle for them.
    Thanks for weighing in

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    Here is a headline& article for you: Urban planner says tent communities 'no solution at all'
    http://www.news-gazette.com/news/loc...olution_at_all
    Oddball
    Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves?
    Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here?
    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
    From Kelly's Heroes (1970)


    Are you sure you're not hurt ?
    No. Just some parts wake up faster than others.
    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
    From Electric Horseman (1979)

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    Hello, from Dallas, TX!

    Hope you are able to find what you are looking for in the land of Oz!!
    "We do not need any other Tutankhamun's tomb with all its treasures. We need context. We need understanding. We need knowledge of historical events to tie them together. We don't know much. Of course we know a lot, but it is context that's missing, not treasures." - Werner Herzog, in Archaeology, March/April 2011

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