My father suffered from schizophrenia. When I was an impressionable thirteen-year-old he had a nervous breakdown and heard a calling from God to take…
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February 2023

Using Artificial Intelligence to bridge social and economic divides
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UnmentionablesListen now | Episode 003 of Facing Homelessness. Essay by Renee Rop.

January 2023

“I knew he was in a bad way, but I never had any idea it was this bad,” I thought to myself as I stood in dad’s house looking at the cardboard sign.
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Staying CleanListen now | Episode 002 of Facing Homelessness. Essay by Matt Hoffman.
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My Two LivesListen now | Episode 001. By Jennifer. Read by Peggi Knowe.
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Alternate Title: A Clearly Complicated Conversation With a Crazy Cat at Culver's
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December 2022

I bought my first house at age 22. When the housing market crashed, I crashed with it.
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I used to wonder how people became homeless. This probably started because there was a lady in Charlotte who used to wander the streets in a bright…
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Dear Reader, Over the last couple years since we began publishing Speak Up Mag online, you’ve had the opportunity to read many dozens of stories written…
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November 2022

NYC will start forcibly removing mentally ill people from the streets. Is this a good idea?Most of the people removed are likely to be homeless or vulnerably housed. “The move will include hospitalizing people from the subways and stre…
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