Helping the Homeless Without Government Assistance

24 Dec 2018

How He’s Beating Homelessness Without Government Help – The Daily Signal, 2018/12/23

George Opudo used to drive for Uber. Picking up and dropping off customers at Union Station in Washington, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol, he’d look at homeless people and think: “That’d never be me.”

But in September 2017, Opudo lost his car, his job, and all of his worldly possessions. With no place to go and no food to eat, Opudo was homeless.

Walking around Union Station, he asked a woman where he could find some food.

“She said, ‘Go down to the mission,’” Opudo recalled.

So he walked a few blocks down to Central Union Mission and asked, “Can I get something to eat, please? A sandwich?”

At that point, Opudo saw a flyer advertising Central Union Mission’s ministry program.

It’s an account of a man getting his life back together, and about a ministry that helps the homeless without any government intervention.

“All government agencies have rules and regulations about who they can give money to and how that money can be used,” Mettimano explained. “Many organizations go through great lengths to make sure that the separation of church and state is something that’s enforced through the regulations. So often times, when an organization accepts government money, sometimes they have to change the way that they operate. And sometimes they have to segregate those monies to make sure that there aren’t religious activities happening with the government money that they’ve granted.”

“Everything that we do here infuses Jesus Christ, so it’s very difficult for us to be able to receive government money and obey the regulations that come along with it,” he said. “We want to make sure that we can do everything with integrity.”


Trump Admin Proposes to Privatize Fannie and Freddie

22 Jun 2018


The Trump administration proposed on Thursday an end to the conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which would move the government-sponsored enterprises (GSE) into the private sector.

The changes aim to “ensure more transparency and accountability to taxpayers, and to minimize the risk of taxpayer-funded bailouts, while maintaining responsible and sustainable support for homeowners.”

This would be a good thing.

Before Renting AirBNB Properties, Check for Smoke Alarms

10 May 2018

Asking this question before you book an Airbnb could save your lifeNY Post, 2018/05/09

Most people may want answers to questions like, “Do you have Wi-Fi and cable?” And, “How big is your kitchen?” Or, “How far are you from the subway station?” But a new study suggests they should also ask, “Do you have a carbon monoxide alarm, smoke alarm and first-aid kit?” It’s not the first thing people might think of asking when booking a vacation rental. Airbnb can be a cheaper alternative to a hotel room in many cases, but a new study says homes often lack the fire safety standards found in most hotels.

Less than half of the listings on the lodging platform have fire extinguishers or first-aid kits, and just 56% have carbon monoxide alarms. The percentage of Airbnb rentals with fire extinguishers ranged from 29 percent in New York City to more than 70 percent in Austin, Texas. Portland, Ore. was the only city in the sample to have first-aid kits in more than half of Airbnb venues.

You get the idea. Also, you may want to read up on liability as well.

32 Year Old College Dropout Being Sued To Leave Dorm

1 Mar 2018

College dropout refuses to leave her dorm room – NY Post, 2018/02/28

Hunter College is waging a court battle to evict a stubborn student who refuses to leave her dorm room some two years after dropping out.

Delaware native Lisa S. Palmer — who has not paid rent since 2016 — refuses to leave Room E579 at the school’s 425 E. 25th St. co-ed dormitory, according to an eviction lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The 32-year-old “racked up a staggering $94,000 in unpaid residence hall charges on account of her continued occupancy, all the while ignoring Hunter College’s service of additional vacate notices,” said the suit.

“I plan on fighting the lawsuit and while I fight it, I’m going to stay,” Palmer told The Post from outside her messy, 100-square-foot single, which is adorned with a lava lamp, a dream catcher and piles of dirty dishes.