At Anchorage library pilot program connects patrons to social services

first_img“Good afternoon Loussac Library!” she said. “If you are looking to move out, get your own place, leave shelter or change your housing for any reason, come join us at Housing Lab. Work one-on-one or independently in our weekly workspace, until 5 p.m. in the Salmon Room.”Information about local housing, employment, food and health resources on display at Anchorage’s Loussac Library on April 9, 2019. (Photo by Kirsten Swann/Alaska Public Media)The housing lab — a free public workshop held Mondays from 2-5 p.m. — is part of an ongoing library pilot program seeking to connect library patrons in need with local housing, food, employment, health care and other resources. Barker said it’s built around the central role libraries play in their communities.“People come to the libraries with all kinds of questions,” she said. “Some of those questions aren’t really answerable in the stacks, like ‘Where am I going to stay next week?’ or ‘How do I get into treatment?’ or ‘What do I do? My cousin’s disability check was denied and we’re hungry.’”Barker — the first full-time social worker to work at the library — tries to help answer those questions.She said the idea for the program took root in Anchorage several years ago after an in-person survey of library patrons revealed a quarter of respondents reported experiencing homelessness. Another quarter reported experiencing mental illness, addiction and other conditions. So, through a grant-funded partnership between the Anchorage Health Department and public library, Barker went to work full time at the library last fall. The pilot program is scheduled to run through December 2020.The program is based on a model pioneered in San Francisco and eventually expanded to dozens of libraries around the country, Barker said. A decade after the program began in San Francisco, advocates call it a success. In Anchorage, where the program is less than a year old, the results are harder to measure.Data collection is a challenge, according to the community resource coordinator. The Anchorage program doesn’t currently offer case management, which means there’s no formal follow-up with the library patrons Barker serves. But here’s what she does know: over the past seven months, she’s worked with more than 200 people. She’s helped library patrons fill out applications for treatment and apartments. She’s helped at least three people successfully avoided eviction. And one patron, a veteran who’d been living in his car, who was successfully housed within 72 hours.“That’s the ideal; that’s the success story that we want to model and repeat, and it’s all about just getting connections with the right agencies to the people who are already here,” Barker said.When it comes to long-term success, social workers say community connections are key. Leah Esguerra, a licensed therapist, began working at the San Francisco Public Library 10 years ago. Working with other local agencies and providers, she said, the library’s social work program has helped find permanent housing for more than 200 library patrons since then.“I always say that the success of this program is actually the partnerships that we have made with community organizations,” Esguerra said. “So when other libraries say, ‘Oh, we’re a small town, we don’t have those resources, we don’t have those partnerships,’ I say, ‘No, that’s not necessarily true.”There are differences between the programs in San Francisco and Anchorage. In San Francisco, Esguerra provides full clinical assessments, while in Anchorage, Barker offers basic information and assistance. But both programs are built through partnerships with nonprofits and community groups doing the same kind of work. In Anchorage, the library has partnered with more than 10 local organizations, from the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness to Cook Inlet Housing Association, Access Alaska, the Mental Health Consumer Web and others.It makes sense, Barker said.“Libraries are already community centers; they’re already places people go to feel connection in a safe place,” she said. “So if we can bring community resources and make them accessible — that’s the dream.” On a sunny spring afternoon at the Loussac Library: people sip drinks in the cafe, rummage through the stacks on the second and third floors and lounge in chairs next to big picture windows. Then a voice comes over the intercom: Rebecca Barker, the library’s new full-time community resource coordinator.last_img read more

Motherdaughter duos heads tonsured in Bihar for protesting

first_imgVaishali: In a shocking incident, heads of a woman and her daughter were tonsured by a group of men in Bihar’s Vaishali allegedly after they protested a molestation attempt. Two men involved in the act have been arrested by police. The incident took place on Wednesday in Bhagawanpur village of the district wherein five men barged into the duo’s house when they were alone, and allegedly tried to molest them. Furious over their protest, the men beat them up with sticks, dragged them outside the house and shaved off their heads in front of the whole village, the victims said. Also Read – Chinmayanand case: Woman tells Supreme Court she wants to stay in Delhi Advertise With Us The men and the mother-daughter duo are from the same village. Narrating her ordeal, the victims said they were mercilessly beaten by the men leading to injuries. “We have been beaten very badly. I have injuries all over my body and my daughter too has some injuries,” the woman said. Detailing the incident, the girl said, “I was alone with my mother around 6:30 in the evening when five men from the neighbourhood forcefully entered the house and tried to molest me. When my mother and I protested, they started beating us with a stick and took us outside of the house.” Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us A case has been registered at the Bhagwanpur Police Station and further investigation is underway. “We have arrested two men till now and looking for the rest three accused in this case. The police is doing its best to give justice to the family and we assure the investigation will be completed soon,” Sanjay Kumar, Station House Officer (SHO) of the Bhagwanpur Police station said. A man named Khurshid, one out of the five, called a barber and shaved their heads, he added.last_img read more

100 grams dry ganja seized from a peddler in Charminar Excise

first_imgHyderabad: The Prohibition and Excise sleuths of Charminar station on Tuesday night caught one ganja seller by name Syed Mouzam Ali (78) of Ghousenagar and seized 100 grams of dry ganja from his possession. On tip of information the sleuths raided on his house, arrested him and produced before the court and remanded into judicial custody. The accused was planning to sell the ganja to addicts by packing it in sachets of 10 grams each.last_img

IAF gets first batch of four Apache attack helicopters from US

first_imgNEW DELHI: US aerospace major Boeing on Saturday handed over the first four of the 22 Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force while another batch of four choppers will be delivered next week. The delivery of the first batch of the AH-64E Apache helicopters to the IAF at the Hindan airbase came nearly four years after a multi-billion dollar deal for the choppers was sealed. Also Read – Shashi Tharoor accepts Modi’s language challenge Advertise With Us Boeing said the first batch of the Apaches arrived in India and an additional four choppers will be delivered to the IAF next week. “The eight choppers will then move to the Pathankot Air Force station for their formal induction by the IAF, in September,” it said. The AH-64E Apache is one of the world’s most advanced multi-role combat helicopters and is flown by the US Army. Also Read – HC declines protection to Shivakumar from arrest Advertise With Us The IAF had signed a multi-billion dollar contract with the US government and Boeing Ltd in September 2015 for 22 Apache helicopters. Additionally, the Defence Ministry in 2017 approved the procurement of six Apache helicopters along with weapons systems from Boeing at a cost of Rs 4,168 crore for the Army. This will be its first fleet of attack choppers. Advertise With Us Senior IAF officials said the addition the Apache fleet will significantly enhance the force’s combat capabilities as the chopper has been customised to suit IAF’s future requirements. “The arrival of the Apaches, ahead-of-schedule, validates Boeing’s commitment to delivering on its promise of modernising India’s defence forces. Boeing has ensured a high rate of mission readiness and increased operational capabilities through its current partnerships with the IAF,” Boeing said in a statement. The company has delivered more than 2,200 Apaches to customers around the world since the aircraft entered production and India is the 14th nation to select it for its military. “By 2020, the IAF will operate a fleet of 22 Apaches, and these first deliveries are ahead of schedule,” Boeing said. The aerospace major said the AH-64E has the latest technology insertions, maintaining its standing as the world’s best attack helicopter. The AH-64E Apache for the Indian Air Force completed successful first flights in July 2018. The first batch of Indian Air Force crew began their training to fly the Apache in the US in 2018. “It is the only available combat helicopter with a spectrum of capabilities for virtually any mission requirement. For the AH-64 E, this includes greater thrust and lift, joint digital operability, improved survivability and cognitive decision aiding. “It is uniquely suited to meet the commander’s needs, including reconnaissance, security, peacekeeping operations, and lethal attack – in both land and littoral environments – all without reconfiguration,” it said.last_img read more

Subregistrars office shifting move opposed

first_imgMoosapet: Medchal district BJP unit president Madhavaram Kantha Rao on Friday opposed the shifting of Kukatpally Sub-Registrar’s office in Moosapet to Mytrivanam. At a press conference at the party office in Kukatpally, Rao stated that the officials concerned should withdraw the orders as the office is useful to the local people.The BJP leader stated that people living in Kukatpally and its surrounding areas would find it difficult to go to Moospet. He suggested that the office could be moved behind RTC Bhavan nearby or to one of many vacant lands in Balanagar. He questioned the need for moving the office to a far-off place.last_img

Pakistan Completes 90 Percent Work on Kartarpur Corridor

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has completed 90 per cent work on the Kartarpur Corridor from the zero line to Gurdwara Sahib and plans to inaugurate it on the 550 birth celebrations of Guru Nanak in November this year, according to a media report. The corridor will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur district and facilitate visa-free movement of Indian Sikh pilgrims, who will have to just obtain a permit to visit Kartarpur Sahib, which was established in 1522 by Sikh faith founder Guru Nanak Dev. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us The first batch of pilgrims from India will arrive in Pakistan on November 9, however, the number has not yet been specified, the Express Tribune reported. According to the report, 90 per cent work on the Kartarpur Corridor, including the construction of the main road, bridge and buildings from zero line to Gurdwara Sahib has been completed by Pakistan. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us “From the Pakistani side of the border, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of the Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa are likely to inaugurate the corridor on the occasion of Baba Guru Nanak’s anniversary in November,” the report said. Both sides have agreed to maintain a channel of communication and work towards finalisation of the agreement. The technical teams will meet again to ensure seamless connectivity for the corridor is operational in time so that the pilgrimage can begin on the 550 birth celebrations of Guru Nanak this year, the report added. Advertise With Us In November 2018, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a border crossing linking Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur – the final resting place of Guru Nanak – to Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district. The shrine is visible from the Indian side of the border and every day a larger number of Sikh devotees gather to perform Darshan or sacred viewings of the site. The Kartarpur corridor is expected to provide visa-free access to Indian Sikh pilgrims to the gurdwara in Kartarpur Sahib a small town in Narowal, four kilometres from the Pakistan-India border, where Guru Nanak spent the last 18 years of his life. This will also be the first visa-free corridor between the two nuclear-armed neighbours since their independence in 1947. Pakistan will build the corridor from the Indian border to the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, while the other part from Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur up to the border will be constructed by India.last_img read more

Road works begin

first_imgNagole: MLA Devireddy Sudheer Reddy and division corporator Cherku Sangeetha Prashanth Goud launched CC road works taken up at a cost of Rs 30 lakh at Kethana Avenue Colony in Fathullaguda on Wednesday. Ward members Venkat Reddy, Thoorputi Chiranjeevi, Thoorputi Krishna, Nunemunthala Raghavendar, Chandra Babu, Murthy, Ravi, Krishna and others were present.last_img

Class 10 boy held for killing 8yearold in hostel in Andhra

first_imgKrishna: An 8-year-old Dasari Aditya, who was found dead in a washroom of BC Welfare Hostel, was allegedly killed by a class 10 student, police said on Wednesday. “The police found the body of class 3rd student Dasari Aditya in BC welfare hostel on Tuesday. Two days ago, Aditya had a minor altercation with a Class 10 student in the same hostel. Aditya abused his senior in filthy language,” Superintendent of Police, Ravindranath Babu told reporters here in a press conference. Also Read – Former Minister Devineni Umamaheswara Rao put on house arrest Advertise With Us “On Monday post-midnight, the accused called Aditya to escort him to the bathroom. At first, he tried to kill Aditya by strangulating but when he did not die, the accused cut off his throat. Later, he washed the knife and ran away after jumping off the wall,” he said. Babu said that the accused returned to the hostel early on Wednesday to escape the needle of suspicion. “However, the dog squad found out the knife and stained clothes. We got suspicion on the boy and inquired him. He has been arrested. We have been provided him psychological counselling,” he said.last_img read more

Sacrifices of Gandhi Nehru remembered

first_imgGuntur: MLA Mustafa recalled the sacrifices made by Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru and others in the freedom struggle at a programme organised by GMC to mark Independence Day on Thursday. GMC Commissioner Srikesh B Lathkar hoisted the national flag. Mustafa participated in the meeting as chief guest. Speaking on this occasion, he urged the youth to follow footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi and late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. He assured that he will develop infrastructure in the constituency. The GMC Commissioner explained development works taken up by the GMC in Guntur city. MLC KS Lakshmana Rao was also present.last_img

Good Karma Earns Satya Nadella ₹71 crore in 2014

first_imgMicrosoft’s Indian-American CEO Satya Nadella, who stirred a controversy by his remarks that women should trust their karma for pay raises, himself earned $11.6 million in fiscal 2014, not counting $79.78 million in stock awards.Nadella’s earnings include compensation as head of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division before he became CEO in February, the Seattle Times reported citing company’s proxy statement filed Monday with the US Security and Exchange Commission.Microsoft’s fiscal year runs July 1 to June 30. Nadella’s salary for that time period includes $918,917 in base pay along with a $3.6 million cash award and a $7.09 million annual stock award. In addition, he was also granted stock awards worth $79.78 million, including the $7.09 million he actually received in fiscal year 2014.Nadella’s compensation package in fiscal year 2013 was $7.67 million. His compensation package for fiscal year 2015, his first full year as CEO, could have him earning up to $18 million, the Times said.Meanwhile, Nadella who has since apologised several times for his controversial comments on women in tech, Monday claimed Microsoft has no pay gap between men, women, according to CNET.Appearing at an event in San Francisco to pitch his company’s cloud services, he again faced questions about his comments earlier this month that women should have “faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.”Women represent 29 percent of Microsoft’s workforce, with only 17 percent working directly in technology.CNET cited a new report published in September saying women at tech companies earn $6,358 less than their male counterparts, while women with at least one child earn $11,247 less than everyone else.”I was insensitive to the broader context,” Nadella said Monday claiming he found no pay gap between men and women at Microsoft.”It turns out that we are in good shape on that, but that doesn’t really capture the essence… and that is equal opportunity.””We have a lot more to do,” Nadella was quoted as saying by CNET. “How do we get women to come back after they’ve taken a break?” he added, but didn’t proffer any answers.In another interview with CNBC, Nadella said he “was completely wrong in the answer” he gave to the question about women “Because I basically took my own approach, to how I’ve approached my career and sprung it on half the humanity.””And that was just insensitive. […] I just gave a very generic answer – based on, quite frankly, what I’ve believed and how I’ve practiced and lived my life – without thinking through, what if someone was faced with bias in their career?” he said.”How would they feel by sort of getting advice that says, ‘Be passive’? . [I]n the face of bias, the last thing I want anyone is to be passive,” Nadella said.last_img read more