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The Nouveau Poor vs. The Already Poor: Recessionomics and Class

Many of us are feeling the pinch from the current economic climate, or know someone who is. While it has been said that the recession may act as a great leveler, bringing people of different means closer as we all experience the uncertainties of this time. This may be true on some level, but does...

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Tags: Class, Homeless, Housing, Poverty, Recession, Volunteer
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Working Tent-Dwellers: One foot in, one foot out of the American Dream

Around the holidays, this blog explored where homelessness and environmental issues like recycling, consumerism, and green housing. While I noted that shelters and food pantries were receiving a huge influx of patrons after the economic downturn began, the post was mainly about folks who were alr...

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Tags: Crisis, Downturn, Economy, Families, Homeless, Poor, Poverty
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The Economy (and History) of Recycling

Every once in awhile I come across an article that answers a lot of lingering questions: Why do I feel like recycling is so important even though reducing is also key to helping the environment? Is the nation in danger of taking the path chosen by New York City a few years ago, and discontinuin...

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Tags: Economy, Homeless, Recycling, Scrap, Social justice, Trash
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Recycled Building Materials: Tips and Quirky Designs for All Income Levels

Awhile back, I made the case for remembering to keep homelessness as a part of the national conversation about the environment. For many urban folks living on the streets, reduce, reuse, recycle is their mantra of survival. Homeless folks are only one facet of the national housing crisis, however...

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Tags: Building materials, Design, Homeless, Housing, Low income, Poor, Social justice
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