social media
Homeless Man Shaving on Train Goes Viral Because Humans Are Terrible and Social Media was a Mistake

The world is a cruel place. And nobody knows that better than Anthony Torres, a 56-year-old man in New York who was recently the butt of jokes when a video of him shaving on a train went viral. Torres talked with the Associated Press and explained that he doesn’t have a home right now and had just spent a few days in a homeless shelter. Read More >>

cities
What Can UK Cities Learn From San Francisco’s Homelessness Project?

Back in May a coalition of editors from 70 newspapers, blogs, radio stations, and TV channels met to discuss how to “flood” San Francisco on a single day with coverage concerning issues around homelessness. (many other publications also published their own content independently). The San Francisco Chronicle has collected many of the stories on a separate section of its site, and you can also browse #SFhomelessproject. There are timelines, infographics, photo essays, videos, and many heart-wrenching stories about women and children living on the streets. Probably the worst part is seeing how bad the problem was in the '70s and '80s, and how it hasn’t grown better. Read More >>

concepts
One Danish City Turns to GPS Tracking to Help the Homeless

Without any context, that headline could seem incredibly scary, almost dystopian in nature. A city's most vulnerable residents tracked for unknown purposes would serve as a pretty good plot for some Orwellian nightmare. Luckily, the Danish city Odense doesn't want to harm but instead help. Read More >>

cities
Pro-Homeless Benches Turn Ads into Temporary Rain Shelters

Adverts for a Canadian homeless shelter have added one rather charming twist to the current war on homelessness -- they transform into a miniature person-shelter ideal for sleeping rough under when it's raining. Read More >>

architecture
These Bamboo Micro-Homes Would Turn Abandoned Buildings Into Villages

As China designs a roadmap to bring 100 million rural citizens into cities over the next five years, it and other booming east Asian countries will confront a problem that's been around since the 1980s: The massive housing shortage and the illegal dwellings that result. Two architects think they've found a temporary solution in bamboo. Read More >>

internet
Homeless People Use Facebook Just Like You and I

The Atlantic is reporting some pretty fascinating findings from a study on Internet usage patterns in homeless vs. non-homeless youth out of the University of Alabama. Apparently, for 75% of the youth surveyed, not even homelessness is a big enough impediment to getting at least an hour a day of Facebook or Twitter time. Read More >>