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Homeless Population in LA County Jumps 12%
 

Homeless Population in LA County Jumps 12%

Asian Journal, News Report, Posted: May 18, 2015

The homeless population in Los Angeles County rose 12 percent in the past two years to more than 44,000, due to high unemployment, low wages and skyrocketing rents.

 

Rigid Requirements for Older Refugees Test U.S. Humanitarianism

 

News-Sentinel/New America Media , News Feature, Jennifer L. Boen , Posted: May 15, 2015

Rigid welfare and citizenship requirements for elderly, sick refugees ultimately puts U.S. humanitarian aims to the test.

 

Refugee Elders Escape Somali Strife--Now Struggle to Survive U.S. Bureaucracy

 

News-Sentinel/New America Media , News Feature, Jennifer L. Boen , Posted: May 14, 2015

In his 60s and on dialysis, refugee Sugow Said escaped Somali strife and resettled in Indiana. But his SSI has been cut--and he’s fighting to survive bureaucracy.

 

Older Refugees Face Challenges Trying to Maintain SSI Aid

 

News-Sentinel/New America Media , News Feature, Jennifer L. Boen , Posted: May 12, 2015

Somali refugee Sugow Said was stunned when Social Security cut off his income. Many more face the same dilemma.

 

Tortured, Jailed Black Seniors Released--But Denied Social Security

 

NorthStar News Today/New America Media, News Report, Frederick H. Lowe, Posted: Apr 21, 2015

Chicago’s agreement to pay once-tortured, wrongly convicted black men $5.5 million, still leaves them with no Social Security retirement income.

 

GENTRIFIED: Oakland’s Chinatown Seniors Hope to Age in Place

 

Oakland Local/New America Media , News Feature, Laura McCamy, Posted: Apr 06, 2015

In Oakland’s Chinatown affordable housing is increasingly hard to find. As seniors live longer, “we still can’t catch up” to their need, says one expert.

 

GENTRIFIED: Nonprofits Help Keep Roofs Over Oakland Elders’ Heads

 

Oakland Local/New America Media , News Analysis, Laura McCamy, Posted: Apr 05, 2015

Like many lower-income retirees in urban areas experiencing technology booms, Oakland seniors are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

 

GENTRIFIED: Homelessness Growing for Oakland Seniors

 

Oakland Local/New America Media , News Analysis, Laura McCamy, Posted: Apr 04, 2015

Part 3: Homelessness is growing for Oakland’s elders thanks to skyrocketing rents, years of wage stagnation, defunding of affordable housing and other factors.

 

GENTRIFIED: Affordable Housing Unaffordable’ for Many Low-Income Oakland Seniors

 

Oakland Local/New America Media , News Feature, Laura McCamy, Posted: Apr 03, 2015

Part 2: Like many lower-income retirees in urban areas experiencing technology booms, Oakland seniors are struggling to keep a roof over their heads.

 

GENTRIFIED: The Toll on Oakland Seniors

 

Oakland Local/New America Media , News Feature, Laura McCamy, Posted: Apr 01, 2015

Part 1: Escalating costs from gentrification make the hope of aging in place for Oakland’s low-income seniors more of a dream than a reality.

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