Pat LaMarche

Pat LaMarche

Pat LaMarche is an author, activist and advocate. She is the author of "Left Out In America: The State of Homelessness in the United States" (Updated, 2020).  Her novel, "The Magic Diary" (2019) is now available.

 
 

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An aerial view of homes destroyed by the Camp Fire on February 11, 2019 in Paradise, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Views
Monday, February 10, 2020
The Climate-Fueled Camp Fire Took Their Homes. Now They Are at Risk of Losing FEMA Housing Too.
Ask the average kid what they'd like and you might hear any number of things. How about a trip to Disney World? Tens of millions of kids go every year. A couple of weeks ago, I asked Liliana Batres what she wanted and she said—wait for it—nothing. Liliana didn't ask for a single thing. And that's...
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Homeless residents gather outside their tents on a sidewalk in Los Angeles, California on January 8, 2020. - California Governor Gavin Newsom said his state budget will include more than $1 billion directed towards homelessness, in response to a growing crisis on the streets on California's major cities. (Photo:  Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Friday, January 17, 2020
Why Advocates for the Homeless Are Forced to Repeat Themselves Again and Again
Ralph da Costa Nunez repeats himself—a lot. Not because he’s unfocused, but rather because he’s laser focused. The founder of the Institute for Children Poverty and Homelessness (ICPH) repeats himself because there’s an enormous disconnect between people who understand the root causes of...
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If you use Department of Education figures, as opposed to those put out by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the number of people suffering homelessness in the U.S. is closer to 1.4 million each year—not the 500,000 to 600,000 figure frequently used. (Photo: Garry Knight/cc/flickr) Views
Friday, December 27, 2019
Trumpian Attacks on Homelessness and California Are Utter and Total Poppycock
I've been an advocate for those experiencing homelessness for decades. I started back in the 1980's as a volunteer at a local shelter. For years, my mom purchased the food for about 40 people and my kids and I cooked a meal for the residents, one night a month. Fifteen years ago I wrote a book...
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Monday, July 09, 2018
Jaime Guttenberg - Murdered in Parkland - Her Grandmother Speaks Out
“It never gets easier,” Ethel Guttenberg’s voice faltered as she spoke of her granddaughter, Jaime. Jaime and 16 others were murdered at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida this past Valentine’s Day. Guttenberg’s voice grew stronger as she announced to the annual conference of the...
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Demonstrators hold signs on March 24, 2018 in Washington, D.C. during the March for Our Lives. Views
Sunday, May 06, 2018
Westworld: A Show That Reveals Killing Is as American as Apple Pie
Wow! Westworld is back with a vengeance. Literally. If you thought those pesky robots were gonna stop with just killing their creator who killed their other creator, you were in for quite a surprise. Oh yeah, spoiler alert. If you haven’t seen the show, keep reading anyway, because this column isn’...
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"The frosty little town of Gander - away up north in Newfoundland, Canada - welcomed 18 Syrian refugees in 62 days. That’s 150 percent more than the whole of the US accepted in twice that time." (Photo: Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 20, 2018
For the Many Millions Spent on Bombing Syria, The US Could Have Assisted Syrian Refugees by the Thousands
Last week the U.S. fired 118 missiles at Syria: that’s about 11 times as many missiles as refugees the U.S accepted from the war torn nation since January first. The 2018 cost per missile: $1,400,000. The 2018 estimated cost per refugee : $15,900. I know the math is hard, but hang on. The U.S...
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Sunday, March 25, 2018
Is That a White House Advisor in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Helping Him Fleece Me
There are many ways to get federal housing assistance. A person can apply to live in public housing or they can receive a rent subsidy for living in private accomodations. Public housing—of which there are approximately 1.3 million units across the United States —is managed by regional housing...
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Friday, March 16, 2018
In America, You Have a Right to Carry a Gun But Not a Right to Healthcare
There are homeless folks with guns and there are homeless folks with mental illness. Just like there are housed people with guns and there are housed people with mental illness. The only difference between people experiencing homelessness and people living in houses is money. One group can afford a...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018
Can You Keep a Secret on International Women's Day?
On this International Women’s Day it’s amazing how many people are still against a woman making a buck. While men across the developed world chase the almighty dollar and get cheered on for it, women with the same desire for cash are still called names: from aggressive to greedy . And while living...
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Separation of Church and State Starts With Kicking Billy Graham Out of the Rotunda
The Christian Broadcast Network (CBN) quotes George W. Bush with the words, "God's work within me began with Billy's outreach." He was, of course, referring to the recently deceased luminary, Billy Graham. Just what work does the former president refer to in this comment? Could it be his work...
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