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Weekly Reader March 6, 2020

By: Hannah Rabalais, Program Officer

1. Dallas Nonprofit Provides Love and Freedom for Women in Crisis

By: NBC 5, Laura Harris

"Love and Freedom. Two things everyone wants, but some people aren’t fortunate enough to have.

Dallas-based clothing designer Abi Ferrin and co-founder’s Elle Lewis and Rania Batrice want to make Love and Freedom a reality for everyone. Especially women in need.

“Love and Freedom” is a non-profit organization working with survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking and resettled refugees in the DFW area. LAF provides a unique blend of trauma-informed vocational training, business classes and art and wellness classes. During the course of the program, the women will also be involved in running the non-profit business the Love and Freedom Collaborative, honing their skills, interacting with the community and building their confidence and their resumes to transition into the professional workforce,” Ferring said."

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2. Woman’s company turns gifting into a way to do good

By: Today

"Laura Hertz noticed that she and her co-workers were receiving a lot of corporate gifts that weren’t being used and would inevitably end up in a landfill. Hertz founded her company, Gifts for Good, to create a solution for corporate gifting that included the opportunity to give back."

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3. How important is clemency for trafficking victims? Let one tell you

By: Dallas Morning News Editorial

"In announcing the pardon, Gov. Abbott rightly described Hamilton, now 58 and a brave advocate and mentor for victims of trafficking, as “a testament to the principle that our lives are not defined by how we are challenged. Rather they are defined by how we respond to those challenges.” She demonstrated, he said, “the internal fortitude to turn her life away from being a victim of human and sex trafficking and toward a life of redemption and improving her community.”

So, we ask, who better than Hamilton to understand the legal and moral significance of the governor’s Feb. 20 announcement that he, in coordination with the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP), had established a “customized clemency application specifically for survivors of human trafficking or domestic violence”? Under the new protocol, Texas inmates and those seeking clemency will be allowed to cite their experiences as victims of sex trafficking, coercion and violence when requesting relief from the BPP."

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4.San Jose's first tiny home community for the homeless opens

By: KTVU Fox 2, Ann Rubin

"Both Governor Gavin Newsom and Mayor Sam Liccardo were on hand to tour the units that took years to conceive and thousands of volunteer hours to build. Now residents have moved off the streets and into the units.

Newsom said addressing homelessness needs to be a top priority.

"I'm in for the long haul. We own this. We're not pointing fingers anymore. We own this," said Newsom. He said public projects like this are just the beginning. "The work that was done her can quickly be replicated at half the time elsewhere, so I could not be more enthusiastic about where we're going to be in two or three years."

The tiny homes are meant to be temporary. Residents will stay only about 60 days or until they can get into permanent housing.

"This is intended to have individuals become acclimated to being part of a community, to learning how to take care of their units, building independent living skills," said Beatriz Ramos with HomeFirst, a San Jose nonprofit that seeks to house the homeless."

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5. Breaking Stereotypes: Study Finds Half of LA's Homeless Recently Held Down A Job

By: LA Ist, David Wagner

"A new study busts the myth that people are becoming homeless in Los Angeles because they're not willing to work.

In fact, the vast majority of people receiving homeless services in L.A. have held down jobs, some right up until the time they became homeless.

"That runs counter to the notion that a lot of these individuals are unemployable or may not want to work," said UCLA economics professor Till von Wachter, lead author of the study published Thursday.

Von Wachter and other researchers with the California Policy Lab at UCLA looked at the employment history of people falling into homelessness by comparing data from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) with records from the state's Employment Development Department.

They found that nearly half (47%) of working-age adults enrolling in homeless services in L.A. had worked in the four years prior to becoming homeless. And about one in five were working in the same quarter they showed up in LAHSA's system.

Nearly three-quarters (74%) had some record of employment between 1995 and 2018."

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