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Author: asciutto

Working the HERC

When I started volunteering in the Housing and Employment Resource Center (HERC) at Men’s Shelter of Charlotte two years ago to help men build resumes, apply for housing and search for employment. I saw the experience as a way to familiarize myself with the needs of Charlotte’s homeless community. I was in my first year of teaching at Garinger High, where roughly 5% of the student population is homeless. Through the shelter’s guests, I thought I’d be able to learn about the city’s complex social service system so I could be a better resource for my students and their families. Read the…

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Economic Development Proposals

Promise Zone Application HUD Poverty Zone Mapper (HUD) Round 2 Application Guide (USDA) Round 3 Application Guide (USDA) Slate-Z (Promise Zone South L.A.) Eastland Area Strategies Team Overview of Parcel Sale to CMS (March 2016) CMS $650,000 Sale (April 2016) City Council Implementation Proposal (June 2016) Men’s Shelter of Charlotte  North-end developers attempt to push out U.M./M.S. (April 2016) Mecklenburg County CDBG 2015-2020 Entitlement Plan Campaign to renovate Men’s Shelter (2016)

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Dead Weight

The moment you become, indeed, happy and healthy – rid of the anchor that dragged you to the bottom, filled your lungs with water, and chained you to self-doubt. Only now do I realize that I breached the surface of that place some time ago. A glance back toward the blackness now reveals no recognizable reflection, but a man with a death-cheating smile that flashes toward tomorrow. Undoubtedly does a return to the abyss peak curiosity, but only as the sun shines upon one sparkle of that sunken weight not ravaged by rust. It is the type of curiosity, however, that elicits pity, not longing. How lonely it must be, trapped forever by its maker’s design, to disappear as the whipping…

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A jolt in the leg caused him to stir  — she kicked frantically in her sleep, running away from nightmares yet to become part of her reality. He pulled himself up in the bed. Rays from the morning sun had bounced off the white Denver streets to find a home on her naked shoulder, as if God had only raised the sun so He himself could better see her. Each morning he opened his eyes to the sight of her, serenity overcame him. He was just a young man, but it was the first prolonged cessation of sickness he had…

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Reforming J-School: A four-phased, digital-first approach

Note: Originally published May 8, 2014 At this critical moment in United States history when government surveillance, health care and immigration reform dominate the national consciousness, the American public has a great need for balanced and hard-hitting journalism. What currently exists in the form of the professional press, however, is quite far from the ideal. The digital era has led to an information overload, as anyone with access to the Internet is now a content producer. Consequentially, traditional publications of the newspaper and television mold have lost the interest of their consumers: According to a June 2013 Gallup poll, only 23…

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