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1. CITYPAK Honolulu

We, the undersigned, call on on businesses and local legislators in Hawaii to expand the CITYPAK Project to the City and County of Honolulu.

Founded by Chicago businessman and philanthropist Ron Kaplan in 2012, the CITYPAK Project provides a safe, convenient and versatile backpack uniquely designed to meet the constantly changing needs of the homeless.

The bag will empower the homeless rather than call attention to their circumstances and will not not alienate them or stigmatize their predicament.

Beyond Chicago, CITYPAK aims to expand to other U.S. cities. Last year, Kaplan told the Chicago Sun-Times the project's second phase will include a bag designed for the public where one bag would be given to the homeless for each one sold.

We believe funding this project will positively impact the overall sense of community and well-being in Honolulu. Help us resolve the homeless crisis in Hawaii by bringing CITYPAK to Honolulu. Thank you!

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2. Stop Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchange Grants

The US Government is forcing every state to implement a health insurance exchange program by January 2014 to support the Affordable Care Act.

In order to help the states cover the cost, the government is going to provide them with grants. Since there is a chance that the Republicans may take office next year and kill the program, I want all grants for the Affordable Care Act stopped for the next 12 months.

The country cannot afford to throw money at a program that may not be around in a year.

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3. Fairer discounts for right to acquire tenants

The Government has launched a “reinvigorated” Right to Buy scheme for public sector tenants that will provide £75,000 discounts to help social tenants into home ownership. This means that tenant will be given 35% discount and 1% for every year they have been a social housing tenant.

However, this does not include tenants who are under the right to aquire scheme, this scheme offers between £9000 and £16000 dependant on where they live. The government state there are currently no plans for a change in right to aquire discount policy.

So again why is one group of Tenants being treated differently from another group of Tenant. We all Public Sector Tenants.

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4. Urgent priority for fair, adequate and affordable homes

Thousands of residents are affected by the worsening housing crisis. Further benefit cuts are forcing people into homelessness and is likely to send low and middle income families into a state of poverty, unable to provide food or heating due to extortionate renting costs. Many people are forced to live in inadequate, unsuitable, unfair conditions!

Urgent immediate action is called for by both the Government and Local council.

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5. Affordable Housing Now!

To: Legislative Assembly of Ontario

All Ontarians have a right to affordable housing.

Whereas an unacceptable number of individuals and families are ‘precariously housed’, meaning they are in a state of uncertainty around their living environment due to low wages, high rents, high utility costs and/or substandard living conditions (Affordable Housing Action Network),

Whereas, according to Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association’s Report on Waiting List Statistics for Ontario, it is estimated that there are 142,000 individuals and families on Ontario’s subsidized housing waiting list and the number is growing,

Whereas, according to City of Toronto’s Report Card on Homelessness, the current waiting list for 2 bedroom units and larger is 10-15 years,

Whereas The Daily Food Bank reported that, in 2008, the average food bank clients used 68% of their income on rent,

Whereas there is $50 million left from a rent supplement program that municipalities have a flexibility to allocate the funds according to local needs (The Toronto Star, September 15, 2010),

Whereas there are not enough units contracted by the City to provide affordable housing to those in need,

Whereas, according to Statics Canada, this will affect Ontarians not just on an emotional but also on a physical level,

Whereas instability with regards to financial matters has a negative impact on one’s physical and mental well being and it affects everyone that is involved in these people’s lives (CBC News, May 9, 2005).

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6. Save the Green Belt in Ollerton

Please help stop property developers from destroying our countryside. An application for affordable housing has been submitted to Cheshire East Council which will destroy a unique woodland feature on Marthall Lane, Ollerton in the supposedly protected Cheshire Green Belt. Despite having so-called protection from development, the law provides loopholes for property developers to exploit and believe it or not, could allow the Green Belt to be built on.

There are far more suitable brown field and derelict locations in the area that could, and indeed should be developed, but of course this land is more expensive than 'protected' green belt. Voila, out comes a proposal from the developer that may allow destruction of this unique habitat.

This petition does not reflect anyone's opinion on the merits of affordable housing or whether such housing is needed in our village but is purely a statement of our desire to protect the Green Belt.

The planning application number is 10/2203M and the consultation period ends on August 11th 2010.

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7. Protecting the elderly in our community

The closure of the Beacon Court sheltered housing scheme has caused many people a wide range of problems and raised a number of wider issues. This action was carried out by the Riversmead Housing Association without any noticeable consideration of the views of the community of Hertford Heath.

The Parish Council has had discussions with East Herts Council officers and there seems to be a danger that Riversmead can do "whatever they want” with the properties and land they own and manage as long as they meet their overall target for the whole of the East Herts District.

They are a very large property owner and have the ability to change communities at their fingertips, as the closure of Beacon Court has shown, without any explanation. We ask you to support our petition to our elected body, East Herts District Council, to urge them to put in place effective measures that prevent this from happening.

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8. Make College Affordable

College tuition is much too expensive and it is preventing people from getting a higher education. Something must be done to encourage people that college is for everyone and anyone can pay back their loans after graduation.

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9. Government should build more shelter to reduce housing costs

The real reason Australians are struggling is because there is not enough shelter versus population.

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10. Sustainable Equitable Transportation Charter

Why A Charter?

COST OF A CAR-ORIENTED CITY
Calgary is an auto-dependent city. Decades of low density, automobile-dependent development with segregated land uses has characterized the building of our city. The result of this urban sprawl has been a sharp increase in vehicle-related greenhouse gas emissions and ground level pollutants, fiscally unsustainable infrastructure spending, and loss of community, increased health risks and continued marginalization of Calgarians who do not drive. The opposite of auto-dependent is not a total lack of private vehicles, rather, it is a balanced or multi-modal transport system, meaning that consumers have a variety of transport options, and incentives to use each for what it does best.

ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT & GROWTH
Calgary’ is known for its large ecological footprint currently 9.86 global hectares per person . There is a relationship between rising greenhouse gas emissions and population growth. Between 1990 and 2005, Calgary's population grew 38 per cent and at the same time greenhouse gas emissions increased 32 per cent . The City is continuing to grow at a fast pace. Transportation is dependent on fossil fuel use, which is linked to air quality, acid rain, and climate change. Any changes to reduce fossil fuel use and increase energy efficiency will have a direct effect on issues related to air quality and the atmosphere as well as human health. Reducing dependency on automobile use would reduce the need for more expensive, environmentally invasive infrastructure.

SOCIAL INEQUITIES
A city so reliant on the automobile significantly marginalizes many Calgarians. According to figures from the Alberta Government there are over 170,000 driving age Calgarians without a license – about 20 per cent of those eligible to drive and many more with a license are without the financial resources to afford an automobile and are constrained by the cost of accessible transport. Affordable transportation enables access to services and opportunities for youth, people with disabilities, seniors, those living with low income, the sick and newcomers.

AFFORDABILITY
Different factors affect affordability, including individuals’ mobility needs and abilities; the quantity, quality and pricing of mobility options; land use factors that affect accessibility; and housing affordability . Public and private resources have been invested in providing alternative transportation services though these services rarely prove to be viable alternatives for efficiently meeting the day-to-day travel needs of those who cannot or do not drive. Where they exist, services are often sparse, overtaxed, uncoordinated, available only to strictly defined "eligible" populations, and limited in their geographic scope. Without accessible, efficient, affordable, safe transportation many Calgarians are unable to access services, employment, training, education, and social opportunities that are crucial to full participation in the community.

ECONOMIC COSTS
Sprawl reduces economic competitiveness. As global inventories of fossil fuels deplete, the cost of transportation will increase, creating a significant economic impact. Long commutes on clogged roads and increased time to transport goods have a direct economic cost. A 2003 report by the TD Bank Financial Group identified sprawl and the resulting infrastructure debt as two of the most significant factors impeding the economic competitiveness of Alberta. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, innovative cities that emphasize improved public transit, and compact, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development will be the most successful cities in the global market place.

Sprawl also contributes to reduced competitiveness of urban transit. The dispersed nature of growth and the cost structure of transit are high, because of the high capital cost of infrastructure and vehicles and because of fluctuating usage rates in peak period and off-peak period use. Transit services are expected to provide high capacity for short periods of time each day plus lower levels of service throughout the remainder of the day and evening.

QUALITY TRANSIT
Residents in communities in Calgary with limited transit are left with few options but to drive. Calgary needs a public transit throughout the City that is accessible, affordable, available and safe for all Calgarians. Research conducted by Sustainable Calgary in 2007 revealed barriers to the system. Transit users identified scheduling issues, overcrowding and long waits for buses . Road congestion resulted in busses sitting idly in traffic, wasting time and energy and creating pollution. Shift workers described scheduling constraints and limited services at irregular hours. People with disabilities reported barriers to accessing public transit safely , particularly around LRT stations. Crowding on transit during peak hours presented difficult for seniors, people with disabilities or parents with small children to ride. Those on fixed or low incomes faced access and affordability issues. Calgarians relying on parallel transit described continually declining service due to funding constraints. In addition, negative perceptions of the system deterred some car owners from using transit.

LOSS OF COMMUNITY
The excessive use of motor vehicles has also fostered an increasing lack of community, as people tend to drive to the majority of their destinations. Without walking to corner stores, neighbourhood parks and recreation facilities, social interaction is limited and isolation of increases. Furthermore communities with heavy traffic tend to have speed and congestion issues that make it unsafe to walk or wheel, which in turn forces people to drive.

HEALTH
Car-oriented development is also associated with increased health problems. Automobile-dependent cities tend to have higher per capita traffic casualty rates. Research by the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation connects the sedentary lifestyle, promoted by the poor design of Canadian suburbs, with increased rates of obesity, heart disease and diabetes. In addition to inactivity, the fossil fuels used by automobiles increase air pollutants that cause or contribute to high levels of cardiovascular and pulmonary disease. All of these factors contribute to an already strained health care system.

ACCESSIBILITY
Leadership, investment and accountability are needed in the development and implementation of strategies and policies that seek to provide accessibility and safety to remove obstacles for persons with disabilities, seniors, and other citizens with unique needs.

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11. Alumni of the University of St Andrews for Affordable Accommodation

Fife Park has to be redeveloped by 2010, and it's not going to be cheap. Projected rents have been placed at a minimum of £97 per week. It's very unlikely that Fife Park will remain affordable, but that doesn't mean an end to affordable accommodation in St Andrews.

The University has said that it is determined to uphold its commitment to maintaining 500 affordable beds, but we don't think this is enough. We currently have approximately 750 affordable beds - if anything, this number should be increased, not decreased.

The Students' Association believes the University should increase its affordable housing commitment to a new level - 1,000 beds in the lowest quartile of UK student rents. We believe in a University that accepts only the best students, but are concerned that economic considerations currently act as a barrier to some excellent students from certain backgrounds. It's time for a change.

Do your bit in the campaign for more affordable accommodation and sign our petition. We're aiming for 1,000 signatures - one for every affordable bed.

This petition will be used as part of a larger report to be delivered to the University on affordable accommodation. This will include all kinds of figures on rent comparisons, excess demand for certain halls, and first preference choices for returning students.

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12. Save 901 Main Studios

Save 901 Main! Petition

Do you believe that the City of Vancouver municipal government should be helping to protect artist studios? Then, please help the 30 artists at 901 Main st. stop the City approved redevelopment of their studio space.

These artists will soon be without studio space and Vancouver will suffer a great cultural loss. Please take the time to read the text below and get informed.

If you are a resident of Vancouver please sign our petition today!

Thank you.

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13. Lower IVF Fees

After having to undergo IVF treatment earlier this year my husband and I have gone through thousands and thousands of dollars trying to achieve our dream of a family.

The fees we have paid are totally ridiculous and are even more so ridiculous for those who cannot afford private health cover.

Did you know that some clinic's are:

Charging up to $ 9,000 up front ? ..

NOT using MEDICARE SAFETY NET items numbers on some procedures (eg frozen embryo transfers)

It is not only couples from the CITY who are suffering spare a thought for our COUNTRY counterparts who have to travel for hours, stay in motels for a few days or a week/s at a time to receive the treatment they need to fulfill their dreams ...

WE CAN DO THIS !

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14. Save Hopscotch Nursery

Winkworth Hall, commonly known as Hopscotch nursery, at 215 Chevening Road, London NW6 is a 100 year old 3 storey brick building in keeping with the style of the surrounding buildings.

It is on the edge of the Queens Park conservation area in the London Borough of Brent. The Hopscotch nursery has been there for 24 years and is a much used local service. It provides nursery places and also runs drop-in sessions for children and for babies. It is a charity and not-for-profit organisation. Hopscotch is a valuable local service used by local people, many of whom walk there, and then continue to work and to drop older children at local schools.

The drop-ins provide an opportunity for parents and carers to meet and make friends while their babies and children enjoy a safe and stimulating environment. As well as indoor space there is outdoor space where children can play and an environmental-award winning garden.

Brent council proposes to demolish the existing building, making Hopscotch homeless and to build 27 flats (mainly, two and three bed) with 19 car parking spaces underneath. This would be part of a PFI (Private Finance Initiative) entered into between the council and “Brent Coefficient” to provide 500 new homes on the sites of a number of council-owned buildings (mostly currently providing community facilities).

The benefit of this deal to the council is that it obtains government credits while also providing new homes across the borough. “Brent Coefficient” would finance the development, do the building work and then manage the flats. The proposed building is unattractive, out of keeping both in style and size with the adjoining conservation area and would amount to over-development of the site. The proposed development is poorly conceived as more families would be brought into an area where there is already a serious shortage of nursery and school places and local services are stretched.

Furthermore, traffic and parking problems already occur on that part of Chevening Road, especially at school pick-up and drop-off times and when there are events at the mosque on the other side of the road. The public transport links are excellent, and car clubs are springing up nearby – any development on the site should be car-free and much smaller.

We call on Brent Council to provide a space for Hopscotch in any new development on the site (and temporary accommodation while building was in progress). We do not want to lose this popular and valuable local service in order for the council to make a short-term financial gain.

For more information please visit www.qpara.org.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Elaine Henderson as chairman of the Queens Park Area Residents’ Association

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15. Access for all to affordable healthcare

Every citizen of the USA should be entitled to healthcare regardless of weight or income. I have personally tried to get health insurance for over two years, but am unsucessful. Private insurance companies use statistics to gauge your "risk factor".

I am a 24 year old female that is 5'10 and because I don't weigh less than 210 pounds, based on these "statistics" I'm uninsurable. People that weigh just under are forced to pay practically a fourth of their income just to be insured. If Americans can be too fat to insure, then being overweight should be categorized as other pre-existing medical conditions for state insurance.

I believe private insurance companies should have to base the "risk factor" on an actual physical. As for state insurance, I make to much money to qualify. There are millions of people that are stuck in this same gray area as I am. Healthcare should be granted to every citizen.

Insurance should be affordable and attainable for every tax paying citizen. Why not? We pay for those that aren't.

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16. National Homeless Awareness Day

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In a given year 3.5 million Americans will experience homelessness. 800,000 men, women, and children are homeless each night in this nation.

The homeless population is 49% African-American, 35% Caucasian, 13% Hispanic, 2% Native American, and 1% Asian. 40% of the male homeless population is veterans. About 16% of the homeless in the U.S. have severe chronic mental illness. From the 1960's to the early 1980's, 367,000 patients were released from mental institutions, and ended up homeless for lack of having anywhere to go.

About 26% of the homeless population suffers from some form of drug or alchohol abuse. The National Coalition for the Homeless found in 2001 that 42%of the homeless population are employed by day labor agencies, characterized by low pay,no health insurance,no job security and inadequate worker protections.

The federal government says affordable housing should be no more than 30% of a person's income. In 1999, the national two-bedroom housing wage was $11.08: in 2006, the national housing wage was 16.31, a 47% increase. The lack of affordable housing is widely considered to be the main cause of homelessness in the United States today.

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17. Save Rosa

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18. Save Rosa

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19. Funding for In-Home Care Services - Maddington Child Services NW coast

We are campaignng to receive funding from the Commonwealth Government for In-Home based child care services. This will allow parents and children along the NW coast to have access to a sperior child care provider at an affordable rate.

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20. Affordable Cable Internet in Newcastle!!

For a long time here in Newcastle NSW Australia we have put up with 56k Internet, at an increased price i might add. We recently got what Telstra would call "affordable" ADSL, but this comes with a very high price, and a very small download limit.

What I propose is that Newcastle get access to Cable Internet, with unlimited downloads, as Sydney gets at a low price.

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21. STRONGER RENT LAWS IN NEW YORK NOW!

The New York State Rent laws were weakened in 1997, giving landlords loopholes and incentives to destroy affordable housing across the state (and particularly in NYC)at an unprecedented rate. It is estimated that there will be no rent-regulated apartments in NYC (read: affordable to all but the upper-middle class, no tenants' rights whatsoever) within 10-15 years under the current Rent Laws. The laws come up for renewal this June. If they are not strengthened NY State residents will continue to be displaced, evicted and face higher rents, living at the mercy of the Reals Estate market. Housing is a human right. Please tell the NY State Government that New York City and State should remain an economically diverse place that puts people before profits!

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22. STOP RANDOM RESTOCKS AT NEOPETS.COM

On February 28, 2002, Neopets.com began random shop times, making it harder for people to purchase items from the shops. This procedure was put into place to prevent the use of autobuyers, thusly making their site further addictive. Neopets needs to realize that the reason people are cheating is because they, THEMSELVES, have made items so hard to buy, that cheating/scamming have become big problems.

Neopets.com needs to realize that if items were more readily available and affordable, this problem would cease. Punishing ALL players by making a more complicated buying process and random stock times is ridiculous, the answer lies within better HTML coding, and more available/affordable items. NOT IN PUNSIHING EXISTING PLAYERS.

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23. petition to end homelessness in canada

Canada has experienced a serious shoortage of affordable housing over the past few years. As a result many peole have died on our streets and it is a shameful situation for our country. If you wish to sign this petition you must be a Canadian citizen.

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