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Durham County finds alternatives for homeless as library closes two years for renovation

“While Terry can use computers at Urban Ministries, some shelter residents visit the downtown library daily for a change of scenery. Other members of the homeless population, who aren’t living in a shelter, may turn to the library for a respite from warm or hot weather, a place to use the bathroom or sit and read.As Durham County closes the downtown library for two years for a $44.3 million renovation, county officials have been working with Urban Ministries and other organizations to establish options for the homeless and others whose needs go beyond books and programs.” (via News & Observer)

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Public libraries help battle homelessness in little ways

“Public libraries are on the front lines of the battle against homelessness.It’s a growing trend across the country and right here in Boise.”We have folks who come in here to get warm, folks that come in and use the Wi-Fi and in the summer time, folks that come in to stay cool,” said Kevin Booe, Director of the Boise Public Library.” (via KBOI)

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How libraries became the front line of America’s homelessness crisis

“On any given night in 2014, over half a million people in the United States found themselves without a home. While the majority of these people (69 percent) secured shelter for the night, many do not provide daytime accommodations for their patrons. This leaves many in search of daytime activity and protection from the elements. Unfortunately, many homeless are also living with debilitating mental illnesses. The intimate relationship between homelessness and mental illness is well-established. Almost all psychiatric conditions are over-represented in homeless populations.” (via Washington Post)

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S.F. library writes new chapter on solving homeless dilemma

“We hope you’re sitting down for this. It turns out battles between city officials and homeless advocates over the rights of transients can sometimes be resolved with — drumroll please — compromise, compassion and common sense. Wait, what? We told you about a year ago that the Library Commission, at the urging of Mayor Ed Lee, was set to adopt a stronger Patron Code of Conduct with firmer penalties for breaking the rules. The Main Library has long had a problem with transients using it for napping, drug dealing, exposing themselves and taking baths in the restroom sinks. Believe it or not, past incidents have included a man answering the call of nature on books and another smashing a computer with a hammer.” (via SFGate)

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U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness

“George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. “Always. I have nowhere else to go,” Brown, 65, said outside the U.S. capital’s modernist central library after a morning reading sociology books. “When it’s hot, you come here to stay out of the heat. When it’s cold, you come here to stay out of the cold.” Brown is among the hundreds of thousands of homeless people who have put the almost 9,000 U.S. public libraries, the most of any country in the world, in the forefront of the battle against homelessness.” (via Reuters)

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