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How Public Libraries Have Become Spare Homeless Shelters (Hard Times USA)

“As social safety nets shrink, libraries are more vital than ever as safe spaces for people with nowhere else to go.”

The following article discusses how some public libraries are developing service programs to help homeless and indigent patrons fill fundamental needs–food, shelter, hygiene, medical attention, substance abuse and mental health services.

“[L]ibraries are hiring social workers, nurses and other outreach workers to serve their neediest visitors, with the Sacramento, Tulsa and Salt Lake City libraries being three of the latest.”

Read more: http://www.alternet.org/hard-times-usa/how-public-libraries-have-become-spare-homeless-shelters-hard-times-usa

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About Operation Welcome Home

OWH is a group of homeless people in Madison, WI and their allies organizing around the root causes of homelessness- racism, poverty, and criminalization. We are fighting for housing, jobs, and an end to the criminalization of poverty.

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