Culturally Sensitive Shelter for Homeless Muslim Women

Culturally Sensitive Shelter for Homeless Muslim Women

Life & Community
Adam Sennott Pictured: Representing shelter room sponsors Malden Masjed from left-Sister Khadijah, Laila, and Fatima For Muslim women, living in a homeless shelter comes with an added layer of difficulties. At times, they are unable to eat the food that is served due to religious restrictions and can’t remove their scarves when men are present since that would violate their religious beliefs. Malika MacDonald, national director of ICNA Relief USA's Shelter Network has worked with women who have been harassed and even attacked in public shelters for praying. And talking to male staff about their struggles can be “extremely uncomfortable,” MacDonald said. “Often times councilors will say to them ‘well, you know, doesn’t your religion oppress women? Doesn’t your religion call for this type of treatment of women?” MacDonald said. “It’s not very uplifting.” Over…
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Using Vacant Federal Property to Develop Affordable Housing

Using Vacant Federal Property to Develop Affordable Housing

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The National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty is offering a helping hand to municipal governments who want access thousands of free properties from the federal government to permanently house homeless people. The NLCHP launched it Public Property/Public Need toolkit Monday to help state and local governments and nonprofits organizations find and apply for property available under Title V of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the Law Center said in a press release. The program was started in 1987, and in December the government clarified that federal property can be used to permanently house homeless people. “The program provides eligible homeless service providers with a right of first refusal to properties no longer needed by the federal government – including warehouses, administrative buildings, and vacant land,” the Law Center said.…
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Interview with Joel Batterman: The  Organizer of The  Motor City Freedom Riders

Interview with Joel Batterman: The Organizer of The Motor City Freedom Riders

Life & Community
[caption id="attachment_2576" align="aligncenter" width="640"] photo by Alexander Rentsch[/caption] Interviewer: Carolyn Lusch, Master of Urban Planning, UM Could you tell me about your history as a regional transit advocate? Although I’m from Ann Arbor originally, I went to school in Portland, Oregon. Out there, I was really impressed by what an extensive public transit system they had, and I started to wonder about why Portland had this system while metro Detroit had very little public transit. I ended up doing research on that and found that the lack of an extensive regional transit system in metro Detroit was in large part the result of the region’s contested racial politics. There was a plan for regional transit back in the 70s, but it was defeated largely by suburban opposition. A lot of…
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Think’ Bout It

Think’ Bout It

Life & Community, Lifestyle
by Majallen Cespedes I can feel myself maturing every day, and I am becoming more independent. But, on the other hand it is scary because with maturity comes much more responsibility and very soon the realities of being a real grown-up.  Even though I want to grow up and have more freedom, I’m not too much in a rush! I suggest you don’t be either. Let’s face it- it just all seems like a lot…work, bills, kids to take care of, a home to maintain, marriage, etc., and that might not even know the half of it! I actually think I can wait…what about you? I think we are better off just planning for our futures now. That’s something else my mom is ALWAYS talking about, and it does kind…
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A Life Coach  Living Life

A Life Coach Living Life

Life & Community, Life Coaching, Lifestyle
by Cynthia Johnson When faced with the challenge from our editor of selecting an article from the ones I’ve written over the past four years, I first thought about the articles about the life lessons I’ve gained from my 8-year- old grandson, a real “tell it like I feel it” or “tell it the way I feel life should be” kind of kid. His lessons include “your socks don’t have to match,” or “so what if my socks are dirty on the bottom, with my shoes on you only see the top and they look clean.” I was tempted to say those were my favorite articles, but as I read through other articles, I realized that most of them had similar threads woven throughout, all of them pointing to living…
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Human  Trafficking: Tackling the Tragedy of Modern-Day Slavery

Human Trafficking: Tackling the Tragedy of Modern-Day Slavery

Life & Community
by Laura Fiyak Sex trafficking. It’s a form of modern-day slavery through forced prostitution. We hear about it in the news. It’s a heinous crime that doesn’t just happen overseas or in areas that we consider the ghetto, nor to people of a particular race or gender. It happens in the city and the suburbs, to both males and females, to both kids and adults, regardless of race. And there are so many misconceptions about trafficking that it is difficult to know how to tackle the problem. What Needs to Change According to Governor Snyder, Michigan now ranks number two in the country for trafficking as a whole. And resources for these victims are very limited. Although there are a few facilities that take in trafficking victims, most of them have…
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