Concerned About Homelessness? Here's A List Of Do's And Don'ts.

There have been some standouts in the field of homelessness reduction recently — some good and notable, some appalling and notable. Take this as a PSA:

Concerned About Homelessness? Here's A List Of Do's And Don'ts.

DO: Create public showers.

Pope Francis just commissioned the building of showers for the homeless in St. Peter's Square. Making spaces for self-care and cleanliness is essential for social reintegration and illness prevention. This guy gets it. We <3 you too.

DON'T: Arrest people for feeding the homeless.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, arrested three men — a 90-year-old chef and two pastors — for feeding the homeless.

And Fort Lauderdale is not alone. Find out if your city or state is making it illegal to assist the homeless.

DO: Invest in thoughtful housing policy.

Many cities are beginning to implement "Housing First" policies. Here's what they're about:

DON'T: Take pictures of the homeless like they're spectacles.

Wendy Syfret of VICE News gets a lot of submitted photos depicting the homeless. She has something to say about that and the people who send in those photos for reprint:

"You're not creating some sort of outsider art by taking a picture of someone less fortunate than you. You're at best a passive observer and at worst a predator. It's a way to shortcut your own experience by hijacking someone else's. A picture of a homeless person says one thing: 'I am an asshole.'

If you want to make a statement about the state of public health care, mental health, affordable housing, or abuse, then do that. Spend time with people, talk to them, have an agenda and a message you formulate yourself and commit to it."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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