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'Living Quarters for the Homeless' effort under way

Jessie Snyder
February 2003
Bakersfield Homeless Center Newsletter

There are ideas, and then there are IDEAS!  We just heard about CSUB sociology professor Dr. Russell Travis' one-man project to provide help for the homeless in Kern County and across the United States, an undertaking that is truly inspired.

After months of preparation, we understand it's now well underway, and hopefully will generate a national, as well as local, grassroots effort.  In case you missed KEROTV, Channel 23's recent great coverage, we want to tell you about it.

Dr. Travis became concerned about the homeless population and how assistance could be increased, particularly to help end homelessness by helping in difficult areas like meeting rent and food costs.  He estimated that if one-quarter of the U.S. population ponied up one quarter a day for one year, it would be possible to raise almost $6.3 billion and, in Kern County alone, it could total nearly $15 million annually!

And THAT inspired his "Homeless Quarters" project: the placement of plastic donation containers calling for the donation of a quarter (or 2 or 3!) in shops and other locations throughout Bakersfield and Kern County.  The clear plastic containers are beautifully inscribed, including the motto "United We Stand Against Homelessness in America".

Got change?  You can bet that Dr. Russell Travis does!  To learn more about Dr. Travis' project, go on the Web to:  www.homelessquarters.org


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