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    Sylvia Maglia, 63, was well on her way to becoming a statistic in a region where, each year, we break records for the number of people who die on our streets. She was deteriorating quickly in Granada Hills, anchored in her regular spot outside a real estate office on Balboa Boulevard, just south of San Fernando Mission Boulevard. “She was skin and bones, and she refused to eat,” said Sandra, a homeless woman who lives on the pavement near the Target store, less than a block away. “She was very sick.” Pilar Schiavo, a Chatsworth resident who takes water and food to homeless people in the western San Fernando Valley and lobbies for more shelter beds and housing, recalls stopping...
    By JONATHAN L. WRIGHT, Reno Gazette Journal RENO, Nev. (AP) — In a handful of spots around Reno where homeless folks gather — the old bus station, City Plaza, David Taylor Park, along the Truckee River — free burritos are creating community. The wraps sheathed in foil come courtesy of the Reno Burrito Project, a group founded by Blaize Abuntori, a graduate student in statistics and data science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Abuntori, who hails from Northern Ghana, noticed homeless people in Reno and wanted to help. This past April, he spent 20 bucks on four burritos from Beto’s and handed them out. “I was a little bit sad I only had four,” said Abuntori, who quickly realized...
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — An outbreak at a Utah homeless shelter has resulted in 72 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, officials reported. The rapid increase in cases at the Gail Miller Resource Center in Salt Lake City coincides with a rise in cases in the state as a whole. Utah reported 1,404 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, up from 306 new confirmed cases on Sept. 8. There are currently 93 confirmed cases in Salt Lake City-area homeless shelters, officials said. Homeless people are thought to be more vulnerable to contracting the coronavirus than the general population because those who live in encampments typically have limited access to hygienic services and find themselves in cramped rooms packed...
    Protests and anger over the shooting death of a homeless Black man by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy led city officials to declare an emergency 9 p.m. curfew in San Clemente Thursday. But a nighttime demonstration dispersed an hour earlier. The City Council will reconvene in a special meeting Friday at 5:30 p.m. to decide whether to extend the curfew further. “There is intelligence out there to be concerned about what can occur this weekend,” said Councilman Gene James following the 3-1 vote. “ We must act out of an abundance of caution.”   Also Thursday, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department released a grainy photo that Sheriff Don Barnes said shows the man, Kurt Andras Reinhold, reaching for a...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Sacramento’s plan to turn hotels into homeless housing is hitting a roadblock. Project Homekey is supposed to help get people into permanent housing, but now a lawsuit is being filed to stop one of the projects that is right across from a prominent riverfront development. It’s a prime piece of Sacramento real estate located along the American River Parkway near Interstate 5, in what’s known as the River District. Owner Steve Ayers told CBS13 in 2018 he had big plans for the property that for decades was the site of the Rusty Duck and Hungry Hunter restaurants. READ ALSO: ‘Rusty Duck’ Building Demolished Along American River “We are standing in front of what I think is one...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Neighbors in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood say the problems they first started noticing at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic when homeless camps set up around Morey Middle School have continued months later, even after the city cleared the tents located directly on the sidewalks of the school. They say the people living outside their houses and apartments have just moved blocks away but the threat to their safety and the illegal activity remains steps from their doors. (credit: CBS) “It’s a very tough problem,” said Timothy Wayne, a property owner in the Denver neighborhood. “They get stuff stolen, people break into their cars, they see the prostitution, they see the drugs.” Back in June when neighbors...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — While some people might not think of San Francisco Tenderloin’s District as a foodie destination, city leaders and local business owners are working to change that amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Larkin Street is closing between O’Farrell and Eddy to traffic on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays. This allows merchants and restaurants to set up in the street, hoping to attract diners. (CBS) Simon Bertrang is Executive Director Tenderloin Community Association. “We have a wide range of really good restaurants. I think that, people who are into food know that the Tenderloin is a destination for good food,” Bertrang said. As of Thursday afternoon, only a handful of shops had set up in the street. “We want...
    A federal judge concluded Wednesday that Los Angeles defied an April order that prohibits the city from seizing and destroying bulky objects such as mattresses and carts based solely on their size, deeming it to be in contempt of court because it had posted notices that violated her ruling. In her decision, Judge Dale S. Fischer did not impose financial sanctions on the city, but told it to draft “remedial notices” that would be posted for at least two weeks in the same areas as the improper notices. Attorneys representing the homeless outreach and advocacy group Ktown for All and several homeless people complained that L.A. had posted signs ahead of a cleanup in San Pedro indicating that “Bulky items...
    U.S. census workers are fanning out across the Bay Area this week to count the region’s unhoused residents — an exercise experts say is incredibly challenging, but vitally important. The goal, as trained federal workers interview people in shelters, soup kitchens and encampments, is to include as many homeless people as possible in the once-a-decade tally. Because they may not have an address to receive a census questionnaire, and may be unlikely to fill out an online form, census workers are coming to them. The results of the 2020 census will directly impact how much federal funding the Bay Area gets for things like homeless services. But experts say it will be nearly impossible to count everyone living on the...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Although cleaning of subway cars and platforms have increased during the pandemic, passengers still feel there are lingering issues.And the issues aren't just rubbish, but soiled seats and platforms."It's like someone peed on the seat," rider Ashley Rodriguez said.It's always been against the rules to defecate in subway cars, but the transit board is now codifying those rules.But with those rules come others, including 90-minute limits on sitting, lying down or using wheeled carts larger than 30 inches that doesn't apply to baby strollers. These rules criminalize the homeless, according to advocates."I think the biggest issue is it's a distraction and taking energy and effort away from solutions that could work," said Áine Duggan, of Partnership...
    One hotel emptied its rooms in late August. Another did so last week. A third is winding down this week. It’s the beginning of the end for L.A. County’s Project Roomkey, the $100 million-plus program to repurpose hotels and motels emptied by the coronavirus as safe havens for homeless people. After peaking at just over 4,300 guests — about 30% of its ambitious goal — the project will shed several hundred beds monthly until it closes down early next year, said Heidi Marston, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The program is being squeezed by uncertain funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which pays about 75% of its cost, raising the possibility of a sudden cutoff...
    Two dozen state Attorneys General are condemning a proposal from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would loosen Obama-era federal protections for homeless transgender individuals. The proposed HUD rule would allow single-sex homeless shelters to establish policies based on biological sex, which the 24 attorneys general argue could lead to discrimination against transgender men and women. House Democrats have proposed legislation that would halt the HUD proposal.  In a letter addressed to HUD Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBiden cannot keep letting Trump set the agenda The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump heads to New Hampshire after renomination speech Five takeaways on GOP's norm-breaking convention MORE the attorneys general argue that the HUD proposal could lead to violations of...
    On the last Tuesday of August, Byron Shaw and Corbin Hughes kept walking around a fence that separated an apartment complex parking lot from a field near Expo Park in Aurora, looking for a way in. The two outreach workers with Mile High Behavioral Healthcare, a local nonprofit that specializes in working with the homeless, were trying to reach a tent that had been set up in the field. Neighbors had called Aurora officials to let them know that three children and a father were camping out in the tent; the city had contacted Mile High Behavioral Healthcare. Shaw and Hughes were there to see if they could help. But when they finally reached the tent, a young man came...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Starting this week, census takers are grabbing reflective vests, face masks, bug spray and flashlights and heading out at night in groups of four to track down one of the hardest populations to count in the 2020 census — the homeless. Over three days and nights this week, census takers will fan out to shelters, soup kitchens, mobile food van stops and other places across the U.S. where people experiencing homelessness often gather. They will follow that with overnight visits to encampments, under bridges, transit stations and other places where people live outside. Delayed for six months by the global pandemic, it’s one of the hardest logistical operations the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes. Some 49,000 locations...
    BAKERSFIELD —  There is no shortage of excuses in California about why we continue to let tens of thousands of people live — and often die — in filthy encampments on street corners, in alleys and under freeways year after year. Anna Laven expected to hear them when she agreed to become the first executive director of the Bakersfield-Kern Regional Homeless Collaborative. What she didn’t expect was to hear them from a doctor in charge of a hospital. Much less during a pandemic and a wildfire season so destructive that it has raised serious concerns about homeless people spending too much time outside breathing in smoke. “I’m not gonna lie,” Laven told me, her voice growing incredulous. “That...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) – Santa Clara County is investing more than $13 million in a program to house people who are in quarantine or isolation due to possible infection with the coronavirus. “The point of having the isolation and quarantine services available to particularly to address homes that are overcrowded because what we want to do is break the chain of transmission as quickly as possible,” said Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Cindy Chavez. Chavez said the program will focus on the homeless and low-income families for whom social distance, quarantine and isolation might be virtually impossible. “Everybody is so close together. Everybody interacts. It’s really hard to tell if somebody is sick with the common cold...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX 5) — The city of San Jose and Union Pacific Railroad pm Monday began cleaning up one of the biggest illegal dumpsites the South Bay has seen. San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and three councilmembers are set to introduce a plan at Tuesday’s city council meeting that will dedicate $1 million a month until the end of the year to clean illegal dumpsites and pick up trash from the streets. On Monday morning, crews began tackling the trash that has been piling up for months along Monterey Highway and Bailey Avenue in South San Jose. Crews using heavy equipment to scrape up many tons of trash dumped along Monterey Road near Bailey in San Jose. Part of...
    (CNN)Kevin Barber was just 15-years-old when he had an idea that would change downtown San Diego.His mother, Dr. Carolyn Barber, worked in a busy emergency room and would come home with stories about the homeless patients she had treated there."We were trying to figure out if there was some kind of work program or something that we do for the homeless instead of just treating them with medicines," Dr. Barber said. Kevin Barber (center) and his mother, Dr. Carolyn Barber (left), talk to a Wheels of Change worker. Their program is run by the Alpha Project, a San Diego organization providing services to homeless people. One night, Barber -- who is now 19-years-old -- found a TED Talk from Albuquerque's...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City A homeless man was arrested on Sunday night after he allegedly slashed two people in the face in Manhattan. According to police, at 10 p.m. on Sept. 20, the NYPD responded to a call regarding two assaults in the vicinity of West 13th Street and 6th Avenue. Upon their arrival, officers learned that a 39-year-old woman had been slashed in the face at the location. Just blocks away, another victim, a 59-year-old man, was slashed in the face shortly after the first victim. Both victims suffered lacerations to the left sides of their faces and were taken to Bellevue Hospital for...
    By ANGELIA L. DAVIS, The Greenville News GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Redd Martin spent years living on the streets, eating from trash cans, and doing what he could to survive. His life began to change after he met a woman who introduced him to God. Today, he and that woman, now his wife, Cassandra Burgess Martin, are working to make life a little better for those in the place he’d been — homeless. The Martins give them Sunday Dinner with a Twist. In addition to providing the homeless a home cooked meal, “Redd demonstrates a wonderful gift of sharing his story of how he too was homeless and had an experience with suicide,” said Monika Scott Rogers. “The hope is...
    Nicole Karlis September 19, 2020 6:00PM (UTC) This article was produced as a project for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 California Fellowship. SAN FRANCISCO,  CALIF.— Over the last decade, San Francisco's Pier 94 has undergone something of a renaissance. A hidden wetlands habitat that was once buried in heavy scrap metals and star thistle, environmentalists hailed this corner of the Bayview neighborhood as a restoration success story. The Golden Gate Audobon society helped transformed the pier into a haven for butterflies, birds and mammals. But once the coronavirus pandemic hit, Pier 94 became a spot for another kind of refuge: 120 recreational vehicles to house people who long called the streets home. Tucked between cargo ships on the...
    KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. Of the 5,000 people moved to a new army-built camp on the island, 135 so far have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. More than 12,000 migrants and refugees fled the fires that the Greek government maintains some Afghan migrants deliberately set last week to protest a virus lockdown at the Moria camp. Thousands have slept outdoors on a nearby roadside in the nights since the blazes. Police began moving more people into the new camp early Friday. Some migrants carried infants on their backs or pulled...
    KARA TEPE – Police on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday resumed relocating migrants rendered homeless when fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp amid a local COVID-19 outbreak. Of the 5,000 people moved to a new army-built camp on the island, 135 so far have tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said. More than 12,000 migrants and refugees fled the fires that the Greek government maintains some Afghan migrants deliberately set last week to protest a virus lockdown at the Moria camp. Thousands have slept outdoors on a nearby roadside in the nights since the blazes. Police began moving more people into the new camp early Friday. Some migrants carried infants on their backs or pulled plastic vegetable...
    The number of New Yorkers sleeping on the Big Apple’s streets or in its subways climbed to a near-five year high in 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic rocked the city’s sprawling shelter system. However, the number of new families seeking a roof over their heads fell dramatically over the same period of time, as officials barred evictions in March as the COVID-19 outbreak began. “The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was correlated with a further decline in family shelter entries, as evictions were suspended and some families may have sheltered in place,” city officials wrote in the Mayor’s Management Report, which was released late Thursday. The document reported there were 3,857 people living without permanent housing or in a shelter...
    An innovative strategy to house Santa Clara County’s sickest and most desperately struggling homeless residents is working, according to a new study, and the results could impact how agencies in the Bay Area and beyond address homelessness. New research by UCSF looks at Project Welcome Home, which was launched by Santa Clara County in 2015 to target the most challenging of the area’s chronically homeless residents — those who are continually in and out of jail, hospital emergency rooms and emergency psychiatric wards. The first-of-its-kind study found 86% of participants received housing and then stayed housed throughout nearly the entire duration of the study. But though the nearly $19 million program succeeded in getting and keeping people housed, it didn’t...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — As winter approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the need to house the homeless in the Bay Area is more urgent than ever. But KPIX 5 has learned the Trump administration has put the brakes on projects that would help thousands. “We’re really nervous now that it’s kind of getting into the fall,” said Bill Bedrossian, CEO of non-profit Covenant House California, a non-profit that manages the YEAH! Shelter, the only homeless shelter for youth in Berkeley. In January, teenagers Jake Gleysteen and Montel Ward were sleeping on the floor of a church. But hope was running high because of an offer from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office: Covenant House was going to receive new...
    TV talk show host Kelly Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos are providing 20 homeless college students with scholarships. Each of the students will receive a laptop and $2,000 from the couple’s donation that established the Win Scholarship Fund, according to an article published Tuesday by People magazine. Win provides shelter for homeless families in New York City. SO grateful for @KellyRipa & @MarkConsuelos for creating the 1st-ever Win Scholarship Fund, equipping 20 of our college-bound students w/ laptops & covering expenses like books + transpo. More: https://t.co/5aeYbmRhfv @people. TY for making our students’ college dreams come true! — Win (@WINNYC_ORG) September 16, 2020 “Mark and I are so excited to help these students in whatever small way we...
    By any account, the Aug. 7 hearing convened in Los Angeles City Hall by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter was unusual. “This is a rather historic occasion that the federal court would gather in the City Council chamber,” Carter, who took the chair usually reserved for the council president, said. “I hope it’s very positive.” But Ground Game LA, a group that describes itself as a nonprofit dedicated to increasing civic engagement, contends the meeting was illegal. At the status conference, Los Angeles City Council members came forward one by one to brief the judge on the progress of their efforts to create more shelter for homeless people camped near freeways and underpasses. That, Ground Game LA contends in...
    When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns. One downtown hotel was worried about how participating in the program, Project Roomkey, would affect its brand, according to a report issued this week by a city analyst. Several hotels said they were already housing medical workers, police officers or both. And one was prepared to participate until a company, one that made up a major portion of its business, threatened to pull out of the hotel if homeless people moved in, according to the two-page report. The report, prepared by the city’s...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Days of friction between the city and homeless advocates regarding the anticipated removal of residents at Upper West Side hotels have led the de Blasio administration to the decision to halt all efforts in the meantime. Hitting the wires late Monday, and following a demonstration at the Lucerne Hotel and Gracie Mansion, the Legal Aid Society believes the removal of people from current accommodations in the midst of an ongoing health crisis would only imperil lives of some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers who were situated in hotels to provide a pandemic-related safe haven in the first place. “We are...
    KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Greece’s migration minister said Tuesday that the government will use force, if necessary, to move homeless migrants to a new tent city after fires at an overcrowded refugee camp left thousands of people without shelter on the island of Lesbos. Some 12,000 people fled the fires that gutted the Greek island's Moria camp last week. Many are refusing to leave a nearby road where they have camped out for almost a week, fearing they could be detained at the tent city for months. Only 800 of the 5,000 available places at the temporary army-built site have been filled, officials said Tuesday. Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said efforts to relocate migrants on a voluntary basis, with...
    KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — Greece’s migration minister said Tuesday that the government will use force, if necessary, to move homeless migrants to a new tent city after fires at an overcrowded refugee camp left thousands of people without shelter on the island of Lesbos. Some 12,000 people fled the fires that gutted the Greek island’s Moria camp last week. Many are refusing to leave a nearby road where they have camped out for almost a week, fearing they could be detained at the tent city for months. Only 800 of the 5,000 available places at the temporary army-built site have been filled, officials said Tuesday. Migration Minister Notis Mitarachi said efforts to relocate migrants on a...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- The Department of Homeless Services says it is pausing any moves from the Lucerne Hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side.David Banks, Commissioner of the DHS, and the head of the city's law department are reviewing transfers that aren't to permanent housing."As the Mayor said this morning, at this time, while Commissioner Banks and Corp Counsel Johnson are reviewing the situation, we are not moving any clients from these locations as part of this initiative (moves in the normal course, such as to permanent housing, for example, may proceed)," the DHS said in a statement.Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is going to look at what they should or should not be doing in...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — WCCO is partnering with Xcel Energy all this week. Each day at five we’ll bring you stories highlighting how you can give a day of service to help your community. With so much change this year, the need as never been greater for many organizations. It’s also never been more challenging, because of limitations on the ability to join together. Last year, before the pandemic, WCCO employees joined the Xcel Energy’s Day of Service, packing supply kits to help homeless families in the Twin Cities, those volunteers coming together for People Serving People, the largest emergency shelter for homeless families in Minnesota. As many recall, 2020 started with a homelessness crisis that never let up. The Drake...
    A Hollywood screenwriter helped arrange to have 60 boulders lined up on a pedestrian sidewalk in a Los Angeles underpass to keep homeless people from setting up tents in the shaded area on a day when temperatures reached 111 degrees. Peter Iliff, whose credits include Point Break and Varsity Blues, and other residents outraged advocates on behalf of the homeless population who condemned what they regarded as a cruel measure that forced them into the unseasonably hot sun. Iliff and other local residents had a crew place the boulders in the I-10 freeway underpass that connects Reynier Village with the Culver City Arts District last Sunday, September 6. ‘The city was not able to do it for us, so we...
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Just over 6% of the 12,500 people left homeless last week by the fire that destroyed Greece’s biggest camp for refugees and migrants have been rehoused in a new temporary facility under construction on the island of Lesbos, authorities said Monday. By Monday afternoon, about 800 people had entered the new tent city, hastily set up by the sea a few kilometers from the gutted Moria camp, migration ministry officials said. Thousands remained camped out for a sixth day along a road leading from Moria to the island capital of Mytilene, with police blocking the way into town to prevent asylum-seekers trying to board ferries for the Greek mainland instead of entering the new camp....
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Plans for a 24-hour homeless shelter in Maine's largest city that can serve 40 people are facing opposition from its neighbors. The Preble Street organization applied Aug. 28 for a permit to convert its resource center in downtown Portland into a shelter, the Portland Press Herald reported. “For years, shelters crammed in as many people as possible trying their best to keep people out of the cold and out of the elements. We can’t do that anymore,” Mark Swann, executive director of Preble Street, told the newspaper. The organization's resource center, which provided food and access to restrooms and shower facilities, has been closed for safety reasons since the coronavirus outbreak hit hard in March. The...
    Homeless residents living in tents along Cupertino’s Wolfe Road thought they were safe. Following federal health guidelines adopted around the Bay Area, city officials promised not to force them to move until the coronavirus pandemic abated. But this month, with county and state-wide shelter-in-place rules still in effect, Cupertino officials changed their minds. They plan to dismantle the camps in the next few weeks. And they’re not the only ones. Many Bay Area cities, including San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco, pledged not to remove or “sweep” homeless camps for the duration of the pandemic, to limit the spread of COVID-19. But despite those assurances, some sweeps have been reported in all three cities as officials look at camps they...
    Advocates for the homeless called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to rethink kicking out hundreds of displaced people from hotels on the Upper West Side on Sunday, after locals complained about drug use. The city held a press conference earlier in the day about the removal of 300 men from the Lucerne Hotel, a temporary shelter used to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in crowded facilities. The displaced people moved into the place in July and are to be moved after the complaints and threats to sue the city. People alleged that the hotel residents were causing quality of life issues. Some have claimed that the same people living inside the hotel temporarily were urinating in public, plus using...
    A strange thing happened last week: In response to a community concern (amplified by Post reporting), Mayor de Blasio . . . acted. No, he didn’t solve the problem, but he didn’t ignore it, either. It’s a glimmer of hope for New York: grassroots groups can get results. In July, the Upper West Side got a shock. With no warning, the city dumped 283 men in the Hotel Lucerne on Amsterdam. These men aren’t just down on their luck: They suffer from mental illnesses and addictions. With street traffic already down significantly, the warehousing of vulnerable men with no daytime supervision became a tipping point. Pedestrians had to fear random attack. Kids saw addicts shooting up. Witnesses filmed paid sex acts in the streets —...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Another olive branch in the standoff over homeless encampments in Philadelphia. On Sunday afternoon, residents at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway encampment asked Mayor Jim Kenney to reconsider Monday’s brunch invitation. They continue to live there despite a final warning to vacate from Philadelphia police on Friday evening. The residents want to talk to the mayor about access to affordable housing. “Since I’ve been here, the first night I was here, I slept better than I have in three years. I walked 165 miles in two weeks in this city trying to find housing,” a woman said. “Without housing, there’s people out here who develop mental health issues, drug abuse issues without adequate and safe housing, and...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- They marched from the Upper West Side to Gracie Mansion on Sunday afternoon with dozens of angry protesters who claim Mayor de Blasio's treatment of those experiencing homelessness is downright cruel."It's a disgrace. People get comfortable - you cannot just keep moving people all over the place," said Legacee Medina.Medina used to live in a shelter. She knows that getting bounced around from place to place is the worst policy for those most vulnerable.ALSO READ | Protest held in support of residents displaced by NYC homeless move Earlier this summer, the city moved hundreds from shelters into three luxury hotels on the Upper West Side. It triggered a heated backlash from residents who complain...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City Rejecting the notion from Upper West Side residents that homeless New Yorkers living in the Lucerne Hotel are leaving a bad mark on the well-to-do neighborhood, up to a hundred activists marched on Sunday against what they see as plain old NIMBYism. The Upper West Side Community Organization (WestCo) was recently organized to sue the city to remove the homeless from both the Lucerne and Bellaclaire Hotel where they were placed to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in shelters. But the men and women under the care of the city Department of Homeless Services say this did little but disrupt their...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's biggest city will receive federal support to aid in the suppression of a coronavirus outbreak in its homeless population. There have been 168 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Anchorage's homeless shelters and one death as of Thursday. Roughly 100 of those cases are associated with an outbreak at the Brother Francis Shelter, said Anchorage Health Department Epidemiologist Janet Johnston. In response, the city was assigned three employees from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and one from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The four federal staffers will help with on-site epidemiology, contact tracing and other management of the city's outbreak, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The staffers will be in Anchorage...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia police have given the homeless encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway a “final warning” to leave as the stalemate with the city continues, according to sources. Dwellers said there was an increased police presence at the camp on Friday evening, but those officers have now left. “Ladies and gentlemen, you must leave the premises. You were previously notified that you cannot stay here, and you need to remove yourself and all of your possessions,” a Philadelphia police officer can be heard in a video posted on social media. The warning came around 5 p.m. on Friday and the homeless encampment off the Benjamin Franklin Parkway of about 100 people quickly ballooned to about four times its...
    By ILIANA MIER and ELENA BECATOROS MORIA, Lesbos (AP) — Thousands of asylum-seekers have spent a fourth night sleeping in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos, after successive fires destroyed a notoriously overcrowded migrant and refugee camp during a coronavirus lockdown. Officials have said the Tuesday and Wednesday night blazes were deliberately set by some camp residents angered at quarantine and isolation orders imposed after 35 people in the Moria camp tested positive for COVID-19. With the camp gutted, Saturday morning found men, women and children sleeping under improvised shelters made of reed stalks, blankets and salvaged tents. Thousands gathered for a protest to demand to be allowed to leave the island. Mostly children and women stood at...
    MORIA, Lesbos (AP) — Thousands of asylum-seekers have spent a fourth night sleeping in the open on the Greek island of Lesbos, after successive fires destroyed a notoriously overcrowded migrant and refugee camp during a coronavirus lockdown. Officials have said the Tuesday and Wednesday night blazes were deliberately set by some camp residents angered at quarantine and isolation orders imposed after 35 people in the Moria camp tested positive for COVID-19. With the camp gutted, Saturday morning found men, women and children sleeping under improvised shelters made of reed stalks, blankets and salvaged tents. Thousands gathered for a protest to demand to be allowed to leave the island. Mostly children and women stood at the front of crowed as the...
    By MARA H. GOTTFRIED, St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Next to a freeway exit in downtown St. Paul, where people used to sleep in one or two tents, more have cropped up in a small homeless encampment. It’s a sign of how many people have resorted to living outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic and, as the weather cools, the urgency of finding places for them to go, St. Paul Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher said. At the start of October last year, the city counted 26 people living in encampments. Now, the numbers are “astronomical by comparison,” said Ricardo Cervantes, director of St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections. This past week, there were 380 people recorded...
    By PRINCESSSAFIYA BYERS of Milwaukee News Service. MILWAUKEE (AP) — Despite efforts by shelters, the city and the county, Shelly Sarasin fears the worst is yet to come for Milwaukee’s homeless population. Sarasin is the co-executive director of Street Angels, a nonprofit that helps feed, shelter and advocate for those facing homelessness. She said she’s noticed an increase in those living outside in comparison with earlier years, though definitive numbers are hard to come by. Shelters, along with city and county leaders have been in constant communication about the state of homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic — but their efforts may not be enough, leaders told NNS. From having to require a 72-hour quarantine, where people have to isolate within...
    WEST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- West Los Angeles neighbors in the South Robertson district are defending their installation of boulders to deter homeless people from setting up camp on the sidewalk.Dozens who claim responsibility for the 60 rocks beneath the 10 Freeway on Cattauragus Avenue say it was their last resort after the City of Los Angeles failed to bring in homeless services.The neighbors who endorsed the rock project and the South Robertson Neighborhood Council, which was not involved in the installation, have both been lambasted by homeless advocates."We are getting death threats but they claim they are compassionate," said one resident who did not want to give her name.Peter Iliff, screenwriter and resident of the South Robertson area, says...
    Wildfires burning up and down the West Coast have polluted the air, prompting some cities to form emergency shelters to shield homeless people. Seattle has been blanketed by smoke from the fires, leading to a high Air Quality Index rating of 197, an "unhealthy" rating by the Environmental Protection Agency. As a result, the city of Seattle is opening a temporary shelter where homeless people can get some respite from the smoky air. But the coronavirus pandemic has complicated the city's ability to offer assistance to the homeless. OREGON WILDFIRE UNDER CRIMINAL ARSON INVESTIGATION, POLICE SAY "It’s a balance we have to strike, taking COVID protocols into consideration for any mass/indoor shelter," a city of Seattle spokesperson told Fox News. "Seattle...
    VAN NUYS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Bridge Shelter on Aetna Street opened in August to provide more resources for those who are homeless. The shelter is located on Aetna Street, which is known for its large population of homeless encampments."This facility comes to me in a time when I needed it ... basically, it gave me salvation. Because I was struggling to save money and work, and I was staying in hotels back to back to back," said Emiliano Garcia, a resident at the shelter.Just like Emiliano, many who have struggled with homelessness have trouble getting back on their feet, according to officials with The Bridge Shelter. And finding a shelter they trust may be even more difficult."Their concern...
    SAN FRANCISCO —  As officials across the Bay Area warned of more hazardous air quality from wildfires, San Francisco opened relief centers for homeless people Friday and urged everyone else to stay inside with windows and doors shut. Air quality throughout much of the region on Friday was at “very unhealthy” levels. Mary Ellen Carroll, executive director of San Francisco’s Department of Emergency Services, said during an online news conference that older people, those with respiratory illnesses and children, were especially at risk. She urged residents not to use leaf blowers, barbecues or hair spray, to avoid indoor painting and to use stove exhaust fans while cooking. “We are asking people to stay indoors with windows and...
    MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Homeless families are being moved out of the shelter in Manhattan where they have been living for months.New York City is relocating them to alternate shelters in order to make way for a group of homeless men about to be booted from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side where wealthy neighbors launched a pressure campaign on Mayor Bill de Blasio.The families will have to be out by this weekend and what doesn't fit in a suitcase is being dumped out with the trash."I don't know where we're going. They just told us we gotta leave and we gotta start packing and we have basically no time," resident Norma Torres said.MORE: New York City decision...
    With little warning, City Hall moved more than a hundred disabled New Yorkers out of their Midtown shelter to make way for the homeless who were booted by Mayor Bill de Blasio from an Upper West Side hotel. Frustrated and fearful residents of the Harmonia, a former hotel located on East 31st Street, lined the streets with their belongings Thursday as they awaited their sudden transfer to other shelters in the Big Apple’s sprawling system — with some saying they are being moved to Brooklyn and Queens. “We’ve been living here for two years. We’ve accumulated so much stuff and they want to just bring one bag. I feel mad,” said Moises Oliveras, 44, who suffers from a host of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The stalemate continues between several homeless encampments and the City of Philadelphia. The protesters are vowing to stay put one day after another eviction deadline came and went with no movement. New video overnight from the Ben Franklin Parkway shows protesters running off with metal police barricades and taking them into the homeless encampments. The encampment now has barricades around portions of it. At the intersection of 22nd Street and the Parkway, there’s no access to vehicular traffic. Organizers were out Thursday morning with their demands for access to permanent housing, saying the current barricades are meant to keep dwellers safe. “These barriers are for the camp’s protection. We have seen throughout COVID, throughout the uprisings, that...
    By CHRISTOPHER WEBER, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — A $1.2 billion program aimed at building housing for homeless people in Los Angeles has been plagued by delays and soaring costs that have seen the average price of constructing a single unit jump to nearly $559,000, according to a city audit. Voters passed a 2016 bond measure to help ease the deepening homelessness crisis by creating up to 10,000 housing units over a decade. Since then, only three new housing projects have been completed and others that are under construction won't be open for at least two more years, City Controller Ron Galperin said in a report released Wednesday. "Meanwhile, the crisis has gotten far worse, compounded by pressing COVID-19...
    WEST LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The work of anti-homeless vigilantes is suspected in the overnight placement of dozens of massive boulders on a West Los Angeles sidewalk."It was a shock. I had never seen an example of 'hostile architecture' that was so blatant and honestly obtrusive," said Dan Donohue with the fair housing advocacy group Koreatown for All.It would have taken heavy equipment to transport and place the rocks where they were found on the 8800 block of Cattauragus Avenue beneath the I-10 freeway.Volunteers muscled many out of the way."I would say that the lighter ones were probably 80 pounds. Most of them probably range from 200 to 500 pounds," estimated Donohue.Social media posts blame members of the South Robertson...
    The Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday to allocate tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money for “rapid rehousing” — a program that includes rent assistance for homeless people — but will hold off on handing over much of the money until the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority shows progress in housing people with the funds. Council President Nury Martinez, who rejected a staff proposal to immediately authorize $97 million in spending for rapid rehousing and related programs, argued that the city needed to hold the agency accountable because it “frankly has underperformed in the past.” At a committee meeting last week, Martinez said there had been problems using money allocated for such programs in the past...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hundreds of homeless are being moved from an Upper West Side hotel after neighbors in the posh area complained of an increase in crime and quality-of-life issues. Mayor Bill de Blasio responded to the criticism about the decision on Wednesday, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported. It was less than two months ago that some 300 homeless men, many with drug and mental health issues, were bused to the area to take up residence at the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street. Now, they’re about to be moved again, after strident community complaints. CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC Tri-State Coronavirus Travel Advisory Quarantine List Resources, Hotlines, Unemployment & Covering Bills Remote Learning Tools For Parents Teaching At Home CBS2’s Dr. Max...
    Protesters and a New York City council member have slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio over the city's decision to backtrack and remove nearly 300 homeless people from a Manhattan hotel after residents complained and threatened a lawsuit. Hundreds of homeless men have been temporarily living in the Lucerne hotel on the Upper West Side since July as part of de Blasio's plan to stop the spread of COVID-19 in shelters across the city.  The upscale hotel is just one of a handful across the city that is currently sheltering homeless men and women as part of de Blasio's plan. The city, however, quietly reversed its decision this week and will now relocate the nearly 300 homeless men from the Lucerne into supportive housing....
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials remained mum about their plans to resolve a standoff after protest leaders refused to leave and barred entrance to a homeless encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and a smaller encampment outside the headquarters of the city’s housing agency. Mayor Jim Kenney said Wednesday protest leaders had erected barricades and refused to allow outreach workers and members of the clergy in to offer assistance, even threatening violence and destruction. He questioned whether the camp leaders' actions were “at odds with" the needs of the homeless. “We're assessing all our options," the mayor said. “The activity we are seeing is unacceptable and frankly unsustainable. We are not wavering from our determination to resolve the encampments in...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Homeless people who have been living in an Upper West Side hotel since the start of the coronavirus pandemic will now be moved, following pushback from the community. On top of everything going on, there were reports from the FDNY that a man died at the hotel on Wednesday morning due to cardiac arrest, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported. There have been months of controversy surrounding homeless people living at the Lucerne Hotel. Now, they are going to be housed in a more permanent location. “The neighborhood, they don’t want us here. We gotta live somewhere. Wherever we go they’re going to complain about it,” Wayne Jenkins said. MORE: New York City Man Tells CBS2 About Life In...
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A national expert on homeless medical care says a coronavirus outbreak at an Alaska shelter maybe be part of a lack of national strategy for testing members of the homeless population. Alaska Public Media reported Tuesday that a recent outbreak at the Brother Francis Shelter in Anchorage spread to dozens of residents who had stayed there and as of Sunday had infected at least 93 people. When the first COVID-19 case was detected at the shelter, the resident who tested positive was no longer staying there. Bobby Watt, CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council based in Nashville, Tennessee, said there is a bigger issue than whether the Anchorage outbreak might have been...
    A blaze tore through a refugees camp on the Greek island of Lesbos overnight, leaving roughly 12,000 people without shelter on Wednesday. No casualties have yet been reported but among those displaced at the Moria camp are 4,000 children, according to the United Nations’ refugee agency UNHCR. “We’re talking also about people who are vulnerable people, who have fled their country, so they already have physical or psychological traumas,” Stella Nanou, spokesperson for UNHCR in Greece, told NBC News. “They need to be assisted as soon as possible.” Migrants sit inside the burnt Moria Camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Wednesday after a major fire.Anthi Pazianou / AFP – Getty Images The cause of the fire, which has...
    City Hall plans to pull the homeless from a hotly criticized Upper West Side emergency hotel shelter before the end of the month, officials confirmed Tuesday, ending a weeks-long political brawl that consumed the neighborhood. The Department of Homeless Services said it will transfer the nearly 300 residents currently staying at the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street at Amsterdam Avenue to other facilities by the end of the next weekend. “We’ve always been clear that these were temporary arrangements and that our first priority is ensuring people experiencing homelessness are getting the services they need,” said Avery Cohen, a spokeswoman for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Hizzoner told reporters during a daily press briefing in August that his administration...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver’s homeless are bracing for a cold snap. It’s increasing concern among groups offering help to those who need it. “You’ve got to bundle up,” said Brian, a man living on Denver’s streets. “It’s going to get cold this week.” (credit: CBS) Brian is just one of more than 1,000 people who will be sleeping on the streets when snow rolls into the city Tuesday. That’s why Denver Homeless Out Loud is asking for winter items. “We put a call out for sleeping bags and tents because the city doesn’t have enough housing, and we don’t seem to be able to organize a safe camp for people to go to,” said Denver Homeless Out Loud Organizer Benjamin...
    Advocates for the homeless are concerned about an increase in deaths since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in Orange County. According to data from the coroner’s office, 146 homeless people died between April and August. During the same period last year, there were 82 deaths among the homeless. Although the coroner does not list a cause of death if it’s from natural causes, more than 90 of the causes for the homeless were left blank in reports. The Rev. Dennis Kriz, an advocate, believes the rising deaths may be linked to the pandemic in an indirect way, including lack of outreach efforts. Kriz has been documenting the deaths of the homeless monthly for the Voice of OC. “I think that...
    The City of Los Angeles is trying a new approach to combat COVID-19 among the homeless population.Workers installed permanent hand-washing stations over the weekend in Skid Row and North Hollywood, allowing anyone access to the stations.The goal is to promote safety for all during the pandemic.RELATED: LA County's homeless seeing lower COVID-19 rates than overall populationEMBED More News Videos New data is showing that the homeless population in Los Angeles County is seeing a much lower infection rate for the coronavirus than the overall community. People experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County are testing positive for the coronavirus at rates far lower than the population at large. The positive rate among LA County's homeless is less than 2%.A top health...
    SAN JOSE (KPIX) — Abandoned vehicles, old furniture and even a washer and dryer. The homeless encampment and illegal dumpsite on Monterey Road near Bailey Ave. in San Jose has grown to the point where one resident tweeted a video and plea to city leaders to do something about how massive it has become. “No one ever addresses the problem,” said Dennis Hartman who lives near the encampment. “I told my daughter, ‘Let’s videotape it, put some music under it, we can put it on YouTube, maybe somebody will respond.’ It’s becoming like a dumping ground and I see people stopping midday and dumping stuff.” Councilman Sergio Jimenez said he learned about the encampment several weeks ago and that the...
    Next to a freeway exit in downtown St. Paul, where people used to sleep in one or two tents, more have cropped up in a small homeless encampment. It’s a sign of how many people have resorted to living outdoors during the coronavirus pandemic and, as the weather cools, the urgency of finding places for them to go, St. Paul Deputy Mayor Jaime Tincher said Friday. At the start of October last year, the city counted 26 people living in encampments. Now, the numbers are “astronomical by comparison,” said Ricardo Cervantes, director of St. Paul’s Department of Safety and Inspections. This week, there were 380 people recorded as “sleeping outdoors, on the streets, under bridges, in caves in St. Paul,”...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- People experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County are testing positive for the coronavirus at rates far lower than the population at large.The positive rate among LA County's homeless is less than 2%. The county's most recent test positivity rate in general is now 4.6%, though in the past it has gotten close to 10%.A top health official says fears about rapid spread among those who live in shelters and on the streets did not come true.A leading homeless advocate believes the low rates are because a majority of the county's homeless live outside.Meanwhile, Gov. Gavin Newsom says California will spend $600 million to convert hotels and apartment buildings into permanent supportive housing for homeless residents.Dr. Anthony...
    Central Park Hooverville with Central Park West in the Background in 1932. NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images During the Great Depression, in the 1930s, as millions of people lost their jobs and homes, shanty towns, also known as "Hoovervilles" began to sprout up across the US. People experiencing homelessness made them from scraps of wood, tin, tar, and cardboard, and named them after Republican President Herbert Hoover, who Americans held responsible for not doing enough to alleviate the Depression. One Hooverville emerged from a "dust bowl" that was created after a reservoir was drained in New York City's Central Park. Central Park's Hooverville was by no means the largest, or around for the longest, but something...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Pushback by residents in the Willard-Hay neighborhood in North Minneapolis has forced Hennepin County to stop its plans for en emergency women’s homeless shelter. Some of those neighborhoods are aren’t just celebrating yet; they say there is much more work to do. The building has been sitting empty since 2005, and since that time many in the community have been asking for it to be turned into a much-needed youth center. When word got out that Hennepin County was set to turn the Gordon Center into a women’s homeless shelter, residents came together in protest. Hundreds of people signed a petition in opposition to what Hennepin County had planned for the property, which was to turn the...
    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a historic nationwide ban on evictions, but ambiguous language in the order leaves open the possibility that renters could still be forced to leave their homes during a global pandemic, housing advocates say. The CDC’s moratorium went into effect immediately when it was announced on Tuesday and will remain in place until Dec. 31. Altogether, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, the moratorium should protect some 40 million renters nationwide. (For more information on how renters can access the protections provided by the CDC’s eviction ban, click here.) The CDC’s order specifically prohibits people from being evicted from rental units for nonpayment of their rent. However, there are still a range...
    STOCKTON (CBS13) – Chealsey Allmon-Encinas was out walking when she said she suddenly saw two people believed to be homeless having sex in her neighbors front yard. She said she couldn’t believe it and told them to stop and leave. “So I asked them if they were OK and they weren’t responding,” she said. “At first, they told me to go away and I was like, ‘Excuse me, do you understand you are having intercourse in someone’s front yard?’ ” Chealsey said there’s a growing homeless problem in her community – some even going as far as setting fires but nothing like what she experienced just days ago. It’s a wakeup call, she said, for everyone in the community including...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Remote learning begins next week for Chicago Public Schools students. But 12,000 of those students are homeless right now.  As CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen reports, one shelter on the far North Side is hoping to give them all the tools and resources they need to succeed. It’s Sylvia Center, a homeless shelter in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. “People keep talking. They can say what they like,” said Essence Rhodes. “I don’t worry because everything is going to be alright.” 4640 The 10-year-old Rhodes has been staying at the shelter with her mom and brother for the past year. “COVID-19 just changed the whole world,” said Rhodes, who starts the fifth grade next week. “I’m excited, but also not...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota State Patrol troopers cleared out people who re-entered the Franklin-Hiawatha Encampment Wednesday in south Minneapolis. The state patrol says they were requested by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to remove the inhabitants, some of whom had set up tents. When a WCCO crew came to the encampment Wednesday afternoon, the fence around the area was open, and people were observed coming and going freely. Located near the intersection of Highway 55/Hiawatha Avenue and Franklin Avenue in the Phillips Community’s Ventura Village neighborhood, the encampment first came into the public’s consciousness in August of 2018. Dozens of people experiencing homelessness, many who were Native American, began setting up tents near a sound wall in the area —...
    Who ya gonna call? The NYPD had to make a personal appeal to Upper West Siders to 911 them instead of running to the NY Post and local politicians to sound the alarm on deteriorating conditions there, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence & Counterterrorism John Miller said on the radio Wednesday. “We only have five calls to 911 about narcotics activity,” he said of one month this summer on the John Catsimatidis show Cats at Night. “Yet, there were scores of emails and text messages and photographs of people shooting up that we’re going to the New York Post, that were going to city council, and you know, Helen Rosenthal and Borough President Gale Brewer,” he said. “So you know we...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City The Garment District Alliance is gearing up to make some changes after an influx of resettled homeless people took up residence in Midtown hotels. According to Barbara Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance, out of the 13,000 displaced homeless people in New York City the Midtown West area (Garment District, Hell’s Kitchen and 34th Street Partnership) had 4,300 of those people resettled in hotels. The area also has a methadone clinic, a needle exchange facility and previous homeless shelters and drop-in shelters, as well as two major transit hubs in the Port Authority bus terminal and Penn Station. Blair says...
    (CNN)Tyler Perry enjoys how people sometimes explain his success."I love when people say you come from 'humble beginnings,' " he recently told Forbes. "[It] means you were poor as hell." Things have certainly changed.Raised in poverty in New Orleans, Perry dropped out of high school and went through a period of homelessness as he struggled as a playwright.Those plays turned him into a star and launched a career that would eventually lead him to become a media mogul and first African American to independently own a studio.Read More"Ownership changes everything," he told Forbes. One of the things it changed is his bank account.Forbes has added Perry to its list of billionaires and estimates that he has earned "more than $1.4 billion...
    Almost half of New Yorkers think the Big Apple is 'on the wrong track' amid a spike in crime and COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a new survey published Monday.  The survey, taken in July by The Manhattan Institute, shows 42 percent of residents spoken to think the Big Apple is headed in the wrong direction, 46 per cent of the 1,485 people questioned think things are on the right track; the rest are unsure. Those behind the poll said: 'The results show a city divided and pessimistic—especially among those least able to afford the city—and consistent support, across partisan divides, for certain reforms.'  Two in five of those questioned said that they would leave the city, if they had the ability to...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Denver City council approved a new shelter for people experiencing homelessness. The 24 hours a day, seven days a week shelter will be located at 4600 E. 48th Avenue, near Colorado Boulevard. (credit: CBS) The city will lease the 82,000 square foot building which will provide shelter to up to 450 people. Officials say the space allows for various gender groups and needs. Crews will start updating the restrooms, showers, HVAC, laundry facilities in September. The facility is expected to be open by late December. Those sheltered in the facility will reportedly have access to a re-housing system, but the city did not elaborate what those plans would look like. The Department of Housing Stability made the...
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities promised Monday to erect a barricade around Mexico City’s second oldest church after a weekend fire damaged the tower, choir, an organ and stained glass. One homeless person was rescued from the fire at the Santa Veracruz church and the Archdiocese of Mexico noted the church had been broken into by homeless people “several times” in the week before the Saturday night blaze. City authorities said Monday the church wouldn’t be declared off-limits, but would have more protection and get a restoration. The structure dates back to 1567, though construction continued in the 1700s. The first church on the same site was ordered built by conquistador Hernán Cortes. Church services had...
    DUPAGE COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the economy, officials in one Chicago suburb are working even harder to keep some of the most vulnerable safe.Institutions that typically house the homeless are finding themselves unable to do so because of the ongoing pandemic crisis, forcing organizations to find alternative resources.Stepping up to the task are local hotels offering to help house the homeless and restaurants pitching-in to feed them as community services emphasize that the need is greater now more than ever."There's a lot of need," said April Redzic, CEP of DuPage Pads. "People living close to the edge are having a difficult time right now."DuPage Pads is a client service center that...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia announced Monday that residents of two homeless encampments in the city must move out by 9 a.m. on Sept. 9. This is the third deadline the city has given organizers of the camps over the last three months. Mayor Jim Kenney says clearing out the camps is a matter of public health and safety. “We are committed to working together with homeless people and their many advocates and supporters for policies and programs that will make ending homelessness a reality,” Kenney said in a statement. “However, for the health and safety of all involved, including the surrounding community, we can no longer allow the camps to continue. I urge those still in the camps to voluntarily...
    OAKLAND — They are hard to miss in their red jackets and black pants as they scrub away graffiti, pull weeds and powerwash grime from sidewalks in North Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood. But the three men who make up the Temescal ambassador program are also doing something less noticeable: Handing out hygiene kits to those living on the street, along with passing out informational cards listing resources that provide help. Joey Harrison, an ambassador who manages the program, also hosts a free quarterly training session for Temescal merchants, their employees and nearby residents on how to de-escalate tense interactions with homeless people or those having a mental crisis or substance abuse problems. The aim is to get to know the homeless...
    After being homeless for years, Terry Hammer was ecstatic when outreach workers offered him a motel room in Milpitas. The 65-year-old handyman had a bed, a shower and three meals a day. But that wasn’t enough to save him. Hammer died Aug. 16, just four months after finally moving indoors. Hammer was part of Santa Clara County’s Project Roomkey — a statewide effort to move vulnerable unhoused residents into hotel and motel rooms to protect them from COVID-19. The coroner’s office has yet to release Hammer’s cause of death, but county officials say there’s no indication it was COVID-related. Instead, Hammer’s story is evidence of a different problem with the homeless services system: For many people, by the time they’re...
    Nicole Karlis August 30, 2020 11:30PM (UTC) This article was produced as a project for the USC Center for Health Journalism’s 2020 California Fellowship. As if the Bay Area's homeless population weren't already facing a massive health threat from the pandemic, a series of wildfires in Northern California have cast an apocalyptic haze of smoke over the Bay Area. Days of lingering wildfire smoke have put the region's homeless population in yet another compromising situation that could have seriously damaging health effects for those without homes who are constantly exposed to the smoky air. "I think if coronavirus and homelessness was a crisis within a crisis, you add wildfires to that and it's a crisis within a crisis within a crisis,"...
    Trump to visit Kenosha in wake of police protests How to Stuff a Turkey the Right Way (for the Juiciest, Most Flavorful Result) Beauty 2 The Streetz: This woman is beautifying Skid Row one makeover at a time For a few hours every Saturday morning, Los Angeles' Skid Row -- home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of homeless people -- transforms into an outdoor beauty salon. © courtesy Shirley Raines There, where tents line entire city blocks, homeless people gather to get free makeovers from Shirley Raines, or a member on her team of volunteers, made up of licensed hair stylists, barbers, makeup artists. The service began three years ago, when Raines started her non-profit Beauty...
    (CNN)For a few hours every Saturday morning, Los Angeles' Skid Row -- home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of homeless people -- transforms into an outdoor beauty salon.There, where tents line entire city blocks, homeless people gather to get free makeovers from Shirley Raines, or a member on her team of volunteers, made up of licensed hair stylists, barbers, makeup artists.The service began three years ago, when Raines started her non-profit Beauty 2 The Streetz, an organization dedicated to making those who are homeless look good and feel even better."Just because they live on the streets doesn't mean that there aren't things we can do to help them not appear as they live on the streets," Raines told...
    The Upper West Side has been abuzz for weeks about the relocation of a number of homeless men to various hotels in the neighborhood. Many of the men are sex offenders and drug addicts. They aren’t receiving the more intensive services they need and the neighborhood has seen a steep decline in safety. But some people — who feel residents have been insufficiently welcoming to this new cohort — think they have the answer: not mental health outreach or help with hygiene, but compassion. We’re in an era of intense virtue signaling, with ever intense competition to display your progressiveness on social media. Conformity of thought is paramount and displaying the right opinions, again and again to your captive audience,...