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Program gives homeless vets housing and hope

October 28, 2011

Program gives homeless vets housing and hope

By Helen Afrasiabi

Homlessness among veterans is a stubborn problem, despite the resources aimed at solving it. Once-homeless vet Alvin Hanson shares his story.

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Armstrong Place offers new approach to independent living

October 27, 2011

An independent living facility for low-income tenants in San Francisco is being heralded as a new approach to independent living with its vast ethnic diversity, green building design, and commitment to housing chronically sick homeless. Matt Perry has the story.

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Playworks helps kids make the most of recess

October 27, 2011

Playworks helps kids make the most of recess

By Mary Flynn

Playworks is an innovative program that giving low-income kids in Richmond and elsewhere the opportunity to engage in structured games – and learn how to manage conflicts – during recess. Teachers report that more peaceful recesses give them a better chance to devote class time to instruction. Mary Flynn reports from Richmond.

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Connecting generations

October 26, 2011

An innovative program connects elementary school students to older adults in a senior facility, bridging the generation gap from both ends. Matt Perry has the story.

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The uninsured line up at an LA arena turned hospital

October 26, 2011

The uninsured line up at an LA arena turned hospital

By Robin Urevich

The Los Angeles Sports Arena was transformed last Thursday through Sunday into a giant field hospital for some of the city’s estimated 2 million uninsured and many more who are underinsured. More than 4,000 people registered for the event, sponsored by the non-profit CareNow USA. Some didn’t know how sick they were.

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The challenges of working with high-risk youth

October 26, 2011

The challenges of working with high-risk youth

By Callie Shanafelt

A fistfight at Richmond’s City Hall highlights the difficulties – and perhaps the rewards – of helping young men who commit violent crime change their lives.

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CAFF helps kids take a bite out of fresh produce

October 25, 2011

CAFF helps kids take a bite out of fresh produce

By Melissa Flores

A box of farm fresh produce delivered right to their classroom lets kids in Salinas take a bite of the local bounty.

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In 100 blocks, a history of violent crime in Oakland

October 25, 2011

In 100 blocks, a history of violent crime in Oakland

By Heather Tirado Gilligan

Most of Oakland’s crime happens in 100 blocks, Mayor Jean Quan explained to city residents at a recent neighborhood safety summit. Concentrating efforts there will change the story of violence in Oakland, she told a sometimes frustrated audience. But how different is the city’s new safety plan from what’s been tried in the past? Heather Gilligan reports from Oakland.

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Indian tribes to form consortium for healthcare reform

October 24, 2011

By Tim Moran

Native American tribes unite to form a county-like group that will administer healthcare reform on reservations – and be responsive to the health needs of American Indians and Native Alaskans.

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Lack of local services limits prison mom release program

October 23, 2011

Thousands of mothers currently incarcerated in the State prison system are now eligible to serve out the end of their sentences at home or in local facilities. To qualify for the program, women must be “primary caregivers” convicted of non-violent, non-serious, non-sexual offenses with remaining prison sentences of less than two years. Roughly, half of the 9,543 women currently incarcerated in State prison fall into this category. But prison administrators estimate that department case managers will approve only about 500 inmates for early release. Find out why in Joshua Emerson Smith’s story.

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