Blog Archive: 2012

Living with homelessness

When does a homeless veteran become a homeless person first and a veteran second?

While researching the issue of homelessness in North Carolina, I came across this article in the Fayetteville Observer. In short, plans to open a 24-bed shelter for veterans were abandoned after homeowners complained that the shelter’s residents would endanger their neighborhood.

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No Comments | Posted by Galo V. Centenera on Wed. August 8, 2012 2:57 PM
Categories: Student Research

Two versions of the American Dream

Earlier in the summer, a number of us traveled down to Brunswick County, N.C., in order to interview residents there who could speak to issues related to poverty and race in the county. I learned that during the housing boom before the recession, Brunswick was one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Because of all its beach-front land and proximity to Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, the county has attracted families and retirees that desired to live out the American Dream; and gated communities brought a new influx of upper class, predominantly white residents.

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No Comments | Posted by Justice D. Warren on Thu. August 2, 2012 2:55 PM
Categories: Student Research

Fayetteville VA helps homeless vets

Earlier this month, I interviewed Jeanne Marshall, the Program Coordinator for the Healthcare for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) program at the Fayetteville Veterans Administration Medical Center (FVAMC).

Marshall leads a team of eleven social workers who work to connect homeless veterans with resources provided by the VA and the local community. In addition to holding walk-in hours at the medical center, HCHV workers go into community—to shelters, soup kitchens, and local encampments—looking for veterans.

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No Comments | Posted by Galo V. Centenera on Tue. July 31, 2012 4:56 PM
Categories: Student Research

Elizabeth City ministry looks to convert former jail into “rehabilitation social center” for homeless

The Albemarle District Jail Facility, located in Elizabeth City, closed two years ago. Dust-covered police cruisers with underinflated tires idle in the parking lot. The doors are locked.

Eugene and Volanda Watts, founders of Amen Ministries, feel that the former jail could be put to better use. They have been petitioning Pasquotank County to let them lease the building in order to set up a shelter for the county’s homeless. So far, however, their efforts have been frustrated by a Board of Commissioners whose initial support has turned into cautious hesitance.

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No Comments | Posted by Galo V. Centenera on Thu. July 26, 2012 4:54 PM
Categories: Student Research

A penny saved is a penny....spent on prepaid card fees?

This summer, I worked with one of our wonderful summer research assistants, Justice Warren, on a project about the regulation of the prepaid card industry. "What are prepaid cards?," you might ask. Exactly what I was thinking about a month ago! While I'm no expert, here are the basics...

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No Comments | Posted by Mary Lynn Irvine on Wed. July 25, 2012 4:55 PM
Categories: Publications, Student Research

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