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Enjoy the extended list of Citygate Network stories

Helping Our Homeless Neighbors During Extreme Heat

Extreme heat kills more Americans than any other weather event, but not everyone’s risk is the same. The U.S. and Canada have been dealing with extreme heat warnings in recent days and it doesn't seem to be letting up soon.
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The End of the Eviction Moratorium Is Right Around the Corner

It is difficult to quantify precisely how many people might face eviction once the ruling lifts. Still, in a recent survey, more than 53,000 households reported they were not up to date on rent or mortgage payments.
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Homeless Students Among Most Impacted During Pandemic

The House Education & Labor Committee recently heard testimony from several experts confirming that homeless students’ academic and social challenges during the pandemic only escalated by isolation resulting from school closures.
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More Than a Quarter of Americans Worry About Being on the Street

A phone poll reveals the homelessness worries of those interviewed.
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Charitable Contribution Legislation Must Continue

U.S. charitable giving increased 10.6 percent in 2020 compared to 2019. The ECFA is suggesting that one cause for the particularly strong year-end donations might be the Universal Charitable Deduction (UCD).
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Signs of the Times

Instigate Cover Article May-Jun 2021
If we are genuinely interested in serving the disadvantaged and vulnerable, we must recognize changing times, changing landscapes, and changing ecosystems. When we do this, we can identify wise ways of responding. This will allow us to take the best course and, as a result, our ministries will thrive.
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John Ashmen Interviewed for Brewer Direct Webinar

John brought the thought leadership Citygate Network is known for in this webinar interview posted by Brewer Direct, Inc.
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Overdoses on the Rise; Stimulus Checks May Be the Culprit

As substance abuse surges in the U.S., several officials see a trend between overdose cases and stimulus payments
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Citygate Network Helping with Immigrant Children

Citygate Network mission and ministry members are being invited to help unaccompanied minors at our southern borders.
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New Guidelines Released for Vaccinated Populations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced their new standards for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the implications for congregate settings.
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More Money for Those Working Through Your Programs

Review these important links to help people going through your programs toward securing better housing, dependable transportation, quality childcare, and higher education.
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New Faith Connections at the White House

A recent executive order re-establishes the Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
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Recognizing Our Leading Ladies

Instigate Cover Article Mar-Apr 2021
An interview discussing the stories of our “leading ladies” and the advantages of having women CEOs leading ministries of compassion.
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Arctic Cold Endangering Homeless in North America

The front currently affecting much of the United States and Canada has toppled numerous longstanding cold records, including some that date back more than 100 years.
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Restoring Dignified Dining Experiences to Guests During the Pandemic

What happens when your new dining area is suddenly not to be used due to the Coronavirus pandemic restrictions?
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Congress Predominantly Identifies as Christian

The religious composition of the 117th Congress looks similar to the previous congress but is quite different from Americans overall.
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New Law Requires Grocery Stores to Donate Expiring Food

A new law will require large supermarkets to donate excess food nearing the sell-by-date to non-profits or religious organizations that provide free food to their communities.
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COVID-19 Vaccination and Sub-Prioritization among Recommended Populations

The following information was provided by the USICH via an email sent on January 7, 2021.
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Sheltersuits: The Next Wave of Weatherproof Wear for “Rough Sleepers”

A chance meeting with a homeless woman in 2014 inspired a Dutch designer to create a wearable shelter for people experiencing homelessness.
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The “Big Six” Protocols

Important recommendations to maintain safe "Coronavirus-free bubbles" within your mission or ministry from the USICH
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Vaccinations Have Begun

The COVID-19 vaccine is in the process of being released. Learn more about how this will affect your mission.
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Federal Program Acknowledges Citygate Network for Important Role in Saving Lives

Extra Mile Recognitions are awarded to local, state, and federal stakeholders who have made extraordinary efforts to support USICH’s mission and improve Americans’ homelessness outcomes
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Mission Chef Job Training Program Pays it Forward

Ric Watson began working as a dishwasher as a teenager, battling addiction, and living on the street, when someone gave him a chance.
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From Homelessness to the House of Representatives

You never know how someone you minister to might be able to rise up and serve because of your investment in their life.
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2020 Thanksgiving Greeting

After a year of struggle, it's time to give thanks.
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Citygate Network 2020 Election Results

After holding district elections for Bluegrass, Deep South, and Great Lakes, we are pleased to announce new officers.
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Vancouver Explores Cash Payments to Homeless Adults

The study results were “beautifully surprising” and could defy assumptions that homeless people cannot be trusted to manage money.
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CDC Guidance Regarding Ventilation in Homeless Shelters

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently provided updated guidance for homeless service providers as we continue to combat COVID-19.
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Serving in Unsettling Times

This article is not simply an alarmist outlook, but rather a realistic perspective on ministry in a time of instability. Allow it to set the stage for important theoretical discussions with your staff and board.
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Teaching Children to Stand Up Against Racism

In the wake of the national reckoning on race, "Sesame Street" is teaching children to stand up against racism.
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Numbers of Homeless Elderly Expected to Increase

Experts are projecting that in the next 10 years, the number of elderly people experiencing homelessness could nearly triple, as a wave of late baby boomers ages.
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Directory of COVID-19 Supplemental Resources

Get help navigating the federal programs funded by the COVID-19 supplemental appropriations.
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USICH Releases Plan to Address U.S. Homelessness

In the past five years, unsheltered homelessness has increased by 20.5 percent. In the same timeframe, the number of year-round beds available has risen 42.7 percent. Despite the "housing-first" mindset, people are still homeless. Discover the USICH plan released on October 19, 2020, here.
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Tips to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke

The CDC, EPA, and other organizations are ready to help you survive during this current crisis. Below are helpful links to equip you as you care for your homeless neighbors.
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Numbers Count

The goal for data isn’t to reduce transformational work into numbers; the goal is to provide waypoints to inform ministry, influence policy, gain public trust, and attract partners.
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2020 Wildfires Threaten California Members

Currently, a number of Citygate Network member ministries are under the threat of active fires. Please pray as our brothers and sisters, already tired becasue of COVID-19 pandemic related issues.
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USICH Important Update - Seasonal Flu and COVID-19

As we approach the 2020-21 flu season, particular attention needs to be paid to the need for the seasonal flu vaccine, when medically appropriate, and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). It is very important that the local plans be in place to appropriately address the seasonal flu within the community of homelessness and reduce the compounding effects of the seasonal flu and COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Resources to Support Accurate Translation

As the pandemic rages on, language is more important than ever. Non-English-speaking members of the community must be informed about public health guidelines.
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Dawn of a New Kind of Ministry

When COVID-19 became a global pandemic in February, no one could have predicted that one short month later the entire global and national economy and way of human movement would nearly cease overnight.
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New Mental Health Resource Guide From HHS

The Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has just released a new resource: Compassion in Action: A Guide for Faith Communities Serving People Experiencing Mental Illness and their Caregivers.
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