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    As Oakland continues fighting the homelessness crisis, city officials are looking for residents to weigh in and oversee their efforts. The city is looking for nine volunteers to join its first-ever Homeless Advisory Commission. The new commission’s duties will include providing oversight of the city’s spending on services for unhoused residents, reviewing the city’s homeless encampment policies, and providing suggestions to the City Council. “The impacts of COVID-19 on our economy in general, and on housing insecurity and homelessness in particular, make this Commission more important than ever,” Mayor Libby Schaaf wrote in a news release. “I look forward to collaborating with the Council in seating and launching Oakland’s first-ever Homeless Advisory Commission in November 2020.” The commission is a...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will announce a major investment Friday in a program to help people who are homeless.It's $35 million to connect those individuals with rental subsidies and units.The city is asking landlords to open up empty units to the program.Lightfoot has partnered with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services in the initiative.RELATED: Homeless help: DuPage Pads helps provide food, shelter to those in need amid COVID-19 crisisPaid for through CARES Act funding, along with a $1.3 million investment from the Chicago Funders Together to End Homelessness, these funds will be awarded to All Chicago Making Homelessness History to spearhead the Expedited Housing Initiative.Originally piloted in April, the EHI is designed to rapidly connect...
    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...
    PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — Contra Costa County plans to turn a 174-room motel in Pittsburg into a permanent support hub for helping homeless residents transition into supportive housing, county officials said Wednesday. After the COVID-19 pandemic began, Contra Costa Health Services converted a Motel 6 at 2101 Loveridge Road into a temporary shelter for homeless residents who lacked the means to adequately isolate themselves. The county recently received a $21.5 million grant from the state to turn the Motel 6 into a permanent hub for supportive services. About $17.5 million of the grant will be used to purchase and renovate the property. The remaining grant funding will be used to hire staff and offer behavioral health services, meals and housing...
    San Jose and Contra Costa County landed state funding to turn two motels into long-term homeless housing Wednesday — making them among the first in California to score the highly competitive aid. The grants are part of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s “Project Homekey,” which promises $600 million to help California cities and counties convert hotels, motels, apartments and other buildings into homeless housing. The governor’s office awarded $76.5 million of that pot Wednesday, in its first round of funding. The winning applications, which will create a total of 579 new units of housing when finished, also include projects in Mendocino and Kern counties, and the cities of El Centro, South Lake Tahoe and Lake Elsinore. “We are realizing our dream of...
    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....
    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...
    LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Greece’s prime minister demanded Sunday that the European Union take a greater responsibility for managing migration into the bloc, as Greek authorities promised that 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left homeless after fire gutted an overcrowded camp would be moved shortly to a new tent city. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis blamed some residents at the Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos for trying to blackmail his government by deliberately setting the fires that destroyed the camp last week. But he said this could be an opportunity to improve how the EU handles a key challenge. “It (the burning of Moria) was a tragedy. These images were bad. It was a warning bell to all...
    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...
    LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Sunday that some 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left without shelter after fires gutted an overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos will be moved to a new army-built tent city “in the coming days.” Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said an estimated 1,000 forever residents of the Moria camp were expected to relocate to the tent city by late Sunday and that getting everyone housed at the new site would take several days. "At the moment, it’s happening on a voluntary basis in the initial stage,” Mitarakis told Greek television station Open TV. Fires on Tuesday and Wednesday nights decimated Moria, Greece’s largest refugee camp. Authorities have said residents protesting a lockdown imposed...
    LESBOS – Greek authorities said Sunday that some 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left without shelter after fires gutted an overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos will be moved to a new army-built tent city “in the coming days.” Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said an estimated 1,000 forever residents of the Moria camp were expected to relocate to the tent city by late Sunday and that getting everyone housed at the new site would take several days. "At the moment, it’s happening on a voluntary basis in the initial stage,” Mitarakis told Greek television station Open TV. Fires on Tuesday and Wednesday nights decimated Moria, Greece’s largest refugee camp. Authorities have said residents protesting a lockdown imposed after...
    LESBOS, Greece (AP) — Greek authorities said Sunday that some 12,000 migrants and asylum-seekers left without shelter after fires gutted an overcrowded refugee camp on the island of Lesbos will be moved to a new army-built tent city “in the coming days.” Migration Minister Notis Mitarakis said an estimated 1,000 forever residents of the Moria camp were expected to relocate to the tent city by late Sunday and that getting everyone housed at the new site would take several days. “At the moment, it’s happening on a voluntary basis in the initial stage,” Mitarakis told Greek television station Open TV. Fires on Tuesday and Wednesday nights decimated Moria, Greece’s largest refugee camp. Authorities have said residents protesting a lockdown...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police have given dwellers at the homeless encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway another 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. The dwellers held a news conference Friday at the 21 Street and Ridge Avenue encampment to address the reason they erected barricades when they say police came to evict them from the camps. Earlier this week, officials decided an eviction attempt would have been dangerous for outreach workers, so they called off the eviction. “We barricaded to keep the police out because we’re worried about the safety of ourselves...
    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...
    Under fire from neighborhood groups and homeless advocates alike, City Hall is pausing plans to move dozens of disabled New Yorkers from a Midtown shelter to make space for the homeless removed from an Upper West Side hotel that Mayor Bill de Blasio said was no longer needed. It’s the latest in a stunning series of developments after de Blasio bowed to a wave of outrage over quality-of-life concerns and ordered the transfer of the nearly 300 men staying in the emergency shelter the city opened in the Lucerne Hotel on West 79th Street. After threatening a lawsuit, the Legal Aid Society announced Friday that the de Blasio administration is pausing the relocation of disabled New Yorkers from the Harmonia...
    EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A protest was held in Manhattan Friday over New York City's plan to move hundreds of homeless residents from a hotel on the Upper West Side to a shelter on the East Side.The demonstration was held outside the Harmonia Houses, which houses homeless adult families -- many with physical or mental disabilities -- on East 31st Street.After months of controversy, the city decided to move residents from the Lucerne Hotel -- which was temporarily converted to a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic -- to Harmonia, displacing residents there.RELATED: Families displaced as NYC moves group of homeless men following outcryThe Legal Aid Society says they will now be scattered to other facilities with no guarantee they...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Homeless residents are being moved out of a Midtown hotel to make room for other homeless men recently displaced. Residents at the Harmonia Hotel on East 31st Street say they were blindsided by the order to move out. The city says it plans to move in homeless men who were removed from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side after neighbors complained about safety and quality-of-life issues. MORE: Upper West Side Divided After City Opts To Move Homeless Residents From Hotel Lucerne Many residents at the Harmonia have disabilities and have been living there for years. “They did not handle it right. They told everyone at the last minute, ‘You’re leaving,'” one man said. “They...
    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....
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City In what has shown to be an unpopular move by Mayor Bill de Blasio and a concession to anti-homeless sentiment in the Upper West Side, residents housed by the city Department of Homeless Services will be relocated from the Lucern Hotel. Despite outrage from homeless advocates, Randy Mastro, an attorney representing the West Side Community Organization who fought to have the residents removed, claimed that the call for removal of the residents at the Lucerne was out of concern for the homeless New Yorkers who caused “chaos” in the otherwise quiet, upper-class neighborhood. “We appreciate that the City—at our urging—will be...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police have closed off a portion of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Wednesday morning as residents of a homeless encampment there have been ordered to vacate the premise by 9 a.m. Police cruisers are on scene blocking the outbound lanes between 20th and 22nd Streets. The inbound lanes are also closed between 20th and 21st Streets. People inhabiting the encampment on the Ben Franklin Parkway held a news conference Wednesday morning. People inhabiting the encampment on the Ben Franklin Parkway are holding a news conference moments before @PhiladelphiaGov is set to evict them @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/yO7p3WAh9S — Howard Monroe (@HMonroeNews) September 9, 2020 Dwellers say they have no intention of leaving. “We’re not going nowhere. We’re not. Where...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A deadline is looming for people living in the two homeless encampments in Philadelphia. A posted city order says residents need to vacate by 9 a.m. Wednesday morning. But dwellers have banded together and say they have no intention of leaving. Homeless encampments across the city have until 9am tomorrow to disband. Dwellers say they have nowhere to go @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/RDjEaya4QK — Alecia Reid (@alecia__reid) September 8, 2020 The countdown is on for yet another eviction.  “We’re not going nowhere. We’re not. Where are we going to go? We got nowhere to go,” said Teddy Munson. Homeless encampment organizers call this round three as they’ve continued to buy themselves time, even taking the order to disband...
    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...
    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...
    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...
    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 Though some affluent Upper West Side residents might be scared away by homeless New Yorkers placed in neighborhood hotels, some of the homeless said Wednesday that their accommodations from the city helped them stay healthy during the pinnacle of the COVID-19 crisis. Where one man described his living situation during the outbreak in other parts of the city as a jail-like atmosphere with COVID-19 running rampant among residents, the city Department of Homeless Services gave him his own space on the West Side to manage, keep clean and isolate until the worst of the wave blew over. Moreover, Councilman Stephen Levin...
    FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- Following the lead of its bigger San Francisco and Oakland neighbors, the city of Fremont is opening a new homeless navigation center, as the first in the southern part of the Bay Area. Here’s a look at the new Fremont housing navigation center located right behind Fremont City Hall. The goal is to transition those w/o housing to permanent housing in six months or less. Capacity is 45 ppl, but is cut to 25 due to COVID. First residents move in mid September. pic.twitter.com/O6NJMwln4K— Julian Glover (@JulianGABC7) August 31, 2020The new navigation center is designed to house around 45 residents, but will be limited to a 25 person capacity, due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.RELATED:...
    FREMONT, Calif. (KGO) -- Following the lead of its bigger San Francisco and Oakland neighbors, the city of Fremont is opening a new homeless navigation center, as the first in the southern part of the Bay Area. Here’s a look at the new Fremont housing navigation center located right behind Fremont City Hall. The goal is to transition those w/o housing to permanent housing in six months or less. Capacity is 45 ppl, but is cut to 25 due to COVID. First residents move in mid September. pic.twitter.com/O6NJMwln4K— Julian Glover (@JulianGABC7) August 31, 2020The new navigation center is designed to house around 45 residents, but will be limited to a 25 person capacity, due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.RELATED:...
    Upper West Siders have every right to be furious the city has dumped hundreds of hard-case homeless in their midst, and it’s just obscene for the Legal Aid Society to call the residents racist for objecting — and to threaten to sue if the mayor does anything about the situation. The influx has led to major upticks in indecent exposure, public urination and drug use, overdoses and catcalling — and placed at least 10 registered sex offenders at The Belleclaire, just a block from PS 87’s playground. Mayor Bill de Blasio emptied out shelters as the pandemic raged, arguing that putting homeless in hotels made social distancing easier. The policy sent hundreds of homeless men, some mentally ill and recovering...
    BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) — A week-long City of Boulder effort to physically remove homeless encampments from municipal property culminated Friday with the clearing of about 20 tent residents who set up directly in front of the city’s Municipal Building. This particular group’s camp had been dubbed “Occupy Boulder,” according to the city. The city’s housing and human service employees, park operations staff and police officer combined Friday morning to offer alternatives to the members of the homeless, who had received “soft” warnings previously and then more urgent, official notices recently. The homeless were asked to participate in the city’s service or “demobilize.” Six of those in the camp responded by speaking with counselors, and several accepted transportation to a shelter,...
    A Texas woman has been shot dead during a massive brawl between residents fleeing from Hurricane Laura.  The victim - who has not been publicly identified - was struck by a stray bullet shortly after midnight Thursday when she unexpectedly became caught up in the altercation, which took place in downtown Austin.  According to police, two large groups, each consisting of around 30 people, were in the city after evacuating from coastal areas further to the south.   A confrontation ensued and things soon turned physical. Two opposing men drew guns, and one of them fired a bullet into the crowd.  It struck the victim, who happened to be making her way through the area.  A homeless woman was shot...
    PATERSON, New Jersey (WABC) -- A four-alarm fire tore through a Paterson building overnight and damaged two others, leaving dozens of residents homeless.Heavy flames shot from the three-story apartment building on Mill Street at around 2:30 a.m. Thursday.The blaze went to four alarms and damaged two other buildings before firefighters declared the situation under controlNo injuries were reported, but 62 residents were left homeless.They are being assisted by the American Red Cross.----------* Get Eyewitness News Delivered * More New Jersey news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube
    A group of residents in the New York City neighborhood of the Upper West Side is reportedly looking into taking legal action against the Big Apple following a number of recent policies that have dramatically increased levels of homelessness and crime in their area. According to ABC 7, the situation is particularly bad in the Upper West Side — a neighborhood long considered to be one of the wealthiest areas of the city — because of a program implemented under Mayor Bill de Blasio that moved homeless individuals into hotels in the area to protect them from COVID-19. One resident has claimed that she no longer feels safe after one man followed her to her home and remained outside her...
    Residents of New York City’s Upper West Side are threatening to sue the city after hordes of homeless people were placed in luxury hotels in the neighborhood due to the coronavirus crisis. At the moment more than 13,000 homeless people are being housed in 139 hotels across the Big Apple, including three luxury hotels – The Belleclaire, The Lucerne and The Belnord – on the Upper West Side. But residents of the upscale neighborhood complain that the move-in of the vagrants has brought with it increased crime, random violence, drugs, public urination and open prostitution. Some locals claim sex offenders have also moved into the streets. Residents have hired an attorney to sue the city to transfer the homeless back...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan -- A group of residents are furious and are considering suing New York City because scores of homeless people were resettled in hotels on the Upper West Side. The homeless were moved to the hotels from homeless shelters because of coronavirus.Michelle Benvenisti was walking home on the Upper West Side last Saturday night when someone started heckling her. She claims a man tried to follow her into her building, then loitered outside for several hours. It has destroyed her sense of safety.ALSO READ | Homeless ruining quality of life on Upper West Side, residents say"Completely unnerving that I have purchased a sound alarm for keychain, and I'm signing up for self-defense. Changing the way I do...
    Although daytime demonstrations outside the Colorado Capitol on August 22 were peaceful, that night several dozen shit-stirrers vandalized buildings, clashed with cops outside Denver Police Department headquarters, and terrorized nearby residents...some of the city's most vulnerable. One of the main businesses damaged during the melee — a Quiznos near the City and County Building, at 270 West 14th Avenue — rents its space in the Forum Apartments, a building filled with affordable and permanently supported housing for low-income residents and the formerly homeless, many of whom were terrified by the events that night. The complex, which contains 100 studio units with full kitchens, is owned by the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. "Whenever your home is threatened and damaged, it can...
    The pandemic continues to expose the rolling civic disaster that is Mayor Bill de Blasio’s approach to homelessness. Last week, just days after he bowed to the fury of Upper West Side residents and vowed to start moving homeless out of hotels, downtown Brooklyn woke to find homeless being dumped in hotels there. The city ramped up its use of luxury and boutique hotels as shelters months ago, aiming to protect the homeless from the virus. Meanwhile, the NYPD — overstretched by the crime spike and likely under orders to lay off the homeless — has been turning a blind eye to encampments and other problems. The result: “anti-gentrification” in such neighborhoods as the Upper West Side and Chelsea. Just...
    New York City officials will soon start the process of removing homeless people from the city’s hotels, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) promised Monday. “It’s important to note that as the health situation has continued to improve, we’re gonna start the process of figuring out where we can get homeless individuals back into safe shelter facilities and reduce the reliance on hotels,” the mayor said during a press conference. Join us at City Hall with the latest updates. https://t.co/9gEfNsnnsA — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 17, 2020 However, he did not give a timeline as to when the process would begin. The city moved thousands of homeless people from crowded shelters into hotels earlier this year to protect them...
    More than 100 residents of a Long Island town rallied Tuesday to protest a plan to turn an old hotel into a temporary shelter for homeless families. Nassau County previously announced plans to move 80 homeless families into the former Hampton Inn Hotel in the hamlet of Jericho — though a judge put a restraining order on the move earlier this month after the broader town of Oyster Bay sued to stop it based on local zoning codes, according to Newsday. Locals who gathered outside Oyster Bay Town Hall on Tuesday said the community has been left in the dark about the project. “It seems as if this plan was put into effect without the slightest bit of thought,”...
    More than 100 residents of a Long Island town rallied Tuesday to protest a plan to turn an old hotel into a temporary shelter for homeless families. Nassau County previously announced plans to move 80 homeless families into the former Hampton Inn Hotel in the hamlet of Jericho — though a judge put a restraining order on the move earlier this month after the broader town of Oyster Bay sued to stop it based on local zoning codes, according to Newsday. Locals who gathered outside of the Oyster Bay Town Hall on Tuesday said the community has been left in the dark about the project. “It seems as if this plan was put into effect without the slightest bit of...
    New York City put homeless individuals into hotels in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus in the spring. Now the city is set to move those individuals out of hotel rooms and back into homeless shelters, according to Politico in a report published Monday. Democratic New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio did not say when the move would begin. He reportedly explained that the city is working on a plan following complaints from residents in some neighborhoods about the effects of having homeless people housed in local hotels, according to Politico. (RELATED: Homeless New Yorkers Find Shelter In Top-Of-The-Line Hotels, Taxpayers Footing The Bill) “As the health situation has continued to improve, we’re going to start the...
    A man who is currently homeless has said he understands why some New Yorkers are outraged with hotels providing shelter amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sal Salomon is a musician who names a career highlight as working on a song for Oscar-nominated movie The Wrestler's soundtrack but until recently he was forced to stay at a hotel near JFK Airport. Now he's staying with a relative and although he lost the will to live while sleeping rough, Salomon sympathizes with people who have complained about homeless encampments popping up on the streets of Manhattan recently. 'A part of me agrees with them. Who wants craziness in front of your doorstep?' Salomon told CBS News. Musician Sal Salomon became homeless in...
    In their most ambitious effort yet to end homelessness in Santa Clara County, local leaders on Thursday unveiled a new plan to house 20,000 people in the next five years, prevent more people from ending up on the streets, and improve the quality of life in shelters and encampments. The Community Plan to End Homelessness calls for a massive increase in the construction of new housing for homeless residents, while simultaneously reducing the number of people who end up on the streets each year by 30%. It also addresses the tent camps sprawling over sidewalks throughout the county. Local leaders intend to double the number of shelter beds, while also providing more outreach to people living outside. “These are the...
    Exasperated residents of Manhattan's Chelsea district say they are tired of complaining to the authorities about a sprawling homeless camp that has taken root in their midst. Around 20 people are believed to be living along West 24th Street, on the corner with Sixth Avenue, The New York Post reported. The camp is one block from the landmark Flatiron Building, and Madison Square Park.  Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, promised three weeks ago to resolve the depressing scene but nothing has been done, and locals told the paper that they were fed up. On July 23 he said he would do 'whatever it takes' to 'have it addressed right away', but the camp has only grown.  The...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Residents of homeless encampments in three Minneapolis parks have been told this week to leave immediately, according to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. The parks were singled out due to crime, and because they weren’t among those granted temporary encampment permits. READ MORE: MPRB Seeks Local, State-Level Support As Homeless Encampments Continue To Grow Twelve tents at both Peavey Park and Elliot Park were served notices Monday, and 14 tents were served Tuesday at Kenwood Park. MPRB officials say most residents at Kenwood and Peavey had already left the encampments. The remaining Elliot Park residents were transported, along with their belongings, to the authorized encampment at Franklin Steele Park. Assaults and other crimes have been documented...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Some people who live in north Minneapolis are fighting back after a homeless shelter was planned in their community without their input. Two weeks ago, city, county and state officials proposed using an emergency CARES Act grant to fund three shelters. One is exclusively for women, inside the Gordon Center in the Willard-Hay neighborhood. However, one group is saying the community must be involved in decisions that impact their lives. Melanie Rucker is one of several Willard-Hay residents who say they were not contacted about Gordon Center proposal. “I found out on the news,” she said. “No one knocked on my door, no one asked anything. I did not receive a flyer, nothing” District 2 school board member...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Thousands of homeless people are being housed in hotels on the Upper West Side of Manhattan amid the coronavirus pandemic, over worries of the threat COVID-19 causes for residents in shelters.But the response from New Yorkers has not exactly been to roll out the welcome wagon, and the controversy continues to grow.On the 200 block of West 72nd Street, a group of homeless men have set up camp."This whole block has deteriorated," area resident John Leach said. "Sometimes it's one guy, sometimes it's 10."Related: Sex offenders at Upper West Side hotel will likely extend their stayEMBED More News Videos A handful of convicted "sexually violent" level 2 sex offenders, who recently moved into an...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY TODD MAISEL AND MARK HALLUM Wearing nothing but shorts, the man sat on the traffic island of Broadway and 79th Street on the Upper West Side as traffic whizzed by Tuesday.  Residents tried not to notice him, nor the scuffed-up end table and rickety chair that he had dragged from the trash to make himself at home. He was talking to himself and waving his arms wildly. Only hours before, a homeless man nearby overdosed on heroin, by EMS administering life-saving drug Naloxone, witnesses said. There were two other cases of overdosed men: one inside the local Duane Reade Pharmacy,...
    DENVER (CBS4) — On the north edge of Denver’s downtown, gunshots are becoming a regular song of the night. Even the daytime. Residents say violence and drug dealing are taking over encampments in an area where people experiencing homelessness have been seeking refuge for decades. (credit: CBS) “Things have changed demonstrably in the last four months,” says Noah Geisel, who lives on Curtis St. near Park Avenue West. “A half dozen shootings in the past two weeks, brutal beat downs, multiple overdoses, and that’s just the serious stuff.” Our check of crimes in the area came up with a long list of petty crimes like theft from vehicles and larceny, but also reports of violence. Geisel said he watched a...
    The founder of the Guardian Angel's has vowed to have 60 members of their organisation patrolling part of Manhattan amid growing safety concerns. Curtis Sliwa, 66, led a Guardian Angels safety patrol of around eight members through Manhattan's Upper West Side yesterday. The group met local people and examined the condition of the area after reports of public urination, cat-calling and drug use, the New York Post reports. Curtis Sliwa, 66, (pictured wearing red) led a Guardian Angels safety patrol of around eight members through Manhattan's Upper West Side yesterday The city recently moved around 300 people from packed shelters into The Lucerne, Hotel Belleclaire and the Belnord. However, since the group, including at least six homeless pedophiles, were...
    CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device As Lee Clark drove back from work, where he’d spent the afternoon delivering meals to San Jose’s homeless residents, he pointed to a spot on a grassy embankment along the Guadalupe River. “That’s where my tent was,” he said. To many, Clark’s background — his history of homelessness, the time he spent in and out of jail, and his battle with addiction — would be a red flag. But increasingly, the leaders in charge of shaping how the city, county and country respond to the homelessness crisis are recognizing Clark and people like him as valuable assets. Clark serves on Destination: Home’s Lived Experience Advisory...
    Curtis Sliwa and the Guardian Angels safety patrol toured Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Sunday amid growing concerns about hundreds of homeless recently moved into neighborhood hotels by the city. Sliwa — the group’s founder, a 2021 mayoral contender and an Upper West Sider — took to the streets with about eight members of the red-bereted Angels, meeting with locals and observing conditions. While many of the new arrivals are just down-on-their-luck New Yorkers, the group also includes recovering addicts and convicted pedophiles. Since the city shuttled hundreds of vagrants from packed congregate shelters into three neighborhood hotels in a bid to stem the coronavirus, area residents have reported scenes of brazen drug-dealing and use, broad-daylight masturbation and public...
    The volunteer crime-fighting Guardian Angels organization met twice with residents of the Upper West Side neighborhood in New York City over the weekend to discuss maintaining neighborhood safety in the wake of thousands of homeless people — including sex offenders — being placed in more than 100 of the city’s iconic and luxury hotels. The move is part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in overcrowded homeless shelters. “In order to defuse that ticking time bomb, we implemented a massive emergency relocation of human beings from those congregate shelters throughout the city, more than 10,000 in about eight weeks,” Steven Banks, commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) said on Thursday. But...
    JERICHO, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Turning hotels into shelters in New York has been met with some controversy and resistance, but it’s not a Manhattan-only phenomenon. The idea extends out to Long Island, where some of the same problems are arising. Jericho residents were out in the Saturday sun to make drivers on Cedar Swamp Road by Jericho High School aware of a shelter project they say was approved in secret, in violation of zoning code. “We need to be heard and we need the transparency,” Jericho resident Xin Fan Chang said. There are plans to turn an old Hampton Inn in Jericho, New York, into a Family Support Center. (Credit: CBS2) It turns an old Hampton Inn into the new...
    FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – A homeless man staying at a Dania Beach hotel has been charged in a weekend murder there. On Sunday, Broward sheriff’s deputies were called to the Rodeway Inn and Suites on State Road 84 after receiving a call about a man found lying on the bathroom floor in room 3104. When they arrived they found the man who had multiple lacerations on his body. He was pronounced dead on the scene. Download The New CBS4 News App Here On Wednesday, investigators found their prime suspect, 59-year-old Alphonso Washington, hiding in his room at the hotel. He was taken into custody and charged with second degree murder and probation violation. Washington...
    CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device A group of activists, artists and local residents gathered in the wee hours Saturday morning to paint a sprawling street mural honoring the lives of homeless residents in San José. As the sun came up over the Gardner Community Center, organizers trickled onto a stretch of West Virginia Street to start chalking in the dark. Laden with paint, buckets of chalk and doughnuts — and while dodging the occasional car — activists began laying down the artwork they want to inspire passersby to feel both empowered and part of the larger social justice movement that’s swept the Bay Area this summer. “I hope that they...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Residents in a downtown Denver neighborhood are taking matters into their own hands, after the city neglected to share details about the cleanup of a nearby homeless encampment. The tents that occupied Lincoln Park for several months were swept by the city Wednesday, but neighbors who live near the encampment by Morey Middle School are still waiting to learn when action will be taken there. (credit: CBS) Denver’s Department of Safety said Wednesday officials are discussing the encampment near the school. Murphy Robinson, Executive Director of the Department of Safety, said there are plans of dispersing the area soon, but Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Friday he can’t share more details with the public. “We have people...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Facing a lawsuit from residents, business owners, and UC Hastings, San Francisco launched a massive effort to resolve homeless encampments in the Tenderloin earlier this month.. While that effort appears to be enough to settle the lawsuit, city leaders are now hearing from other neighborhoods. The city had just over a month to clear 70% of the tents in this area, and they did it. Many streets reflect that, but others do not. The conditions on Willow, for example, are getting a lot of attention. And then there’s the neighborhoods beyond the Tenderloin. “I have been here since 1973, in this neighborhood and this residence since 1988,” explains David. “It has never been this horrific.”...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Some neighbors are concerned about a homeless shelter being set up at a hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side.Hundreds of homeless men are now living in the Lucerne Hotel on Amsterdam and 79th Street.They were bused from downtown to the hotel as the city tries to lower the population at two men's shelters in the East Village.It was a move prompted by a desire to protect those residents from the coronavirus.RELATED | NYC neighbors surprised to learn at least 139 city hotels are now homeless sheltersHowever, many neighbors of the Upper West Side hotel hotel say they weren't told about the city's action until just days ago."So within two months, they brought over 600...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Neighbors in the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods, or the GES, are upset about a proposal to make the Denver Coliseum parking lot a designated homeless camping space – dubbed a “Safe Outdoor Space.” It’s just one more thing for the residents, who say the existing homeless shelters set up at the Coliseum and the Education Hall of the National Western Complex are causing a lot of problems in their community. (credit: CBS) “When is it going to stop? When can we have a normal life?” Sandra Ruiz Parilla, a resident of the GES for four years, asked. Ruiz Parilla says residents have been living in fear since the mass homeless shelters opened up at the start of...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some people who live in Philadelphia’s Logan Square neighborhood are expressing frustration over the homeless encampment on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A mandatory order to close the site was postponed while Mayor Jim Kenney works to negotiate an amicable resolution with camp leaders. The encampment of about 100 people grew out of protests for more affordable housing in Philadelphia. Neighbors say their lives have been altered and they fear for their health and safety. “We’re seeing syringes left in parking lots, human waste, an uptick in trash. The residents that come out of the apartment houses are being harrassed by panhandlers,” Dennis Boylan, the head of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association, said. Those living in the encampment...
    San Francisco will move 200 homeless residents out of the hotels where they’ve been temporarily sheltering during the pandemic, and into housing, Mayor London Breed said Thursday. The announcement marks the city’s first step toward answering a question that has plagued activists and experts for months: What will happen to homeless community members once the coronavirus crisis is over, and temporary shelter programs end? “Even as we have implemented emergency responses to COVID-19, we have remained focused on long term solutions to homelessness, particularly more housing,” Mayor London Breed wrote in a news release. The city promised to move the 200 people into long-term housing by the end of the year. Some people already have been moved. Those moves are...
    Berkeley officials and nonprofit leaders broke ground Tuesday on housing for more than 200 homeless and low-income residents — an unusual project set to become the city’s largest affordable housing development. The project, which will be built on a city-owned parking lot downtown, will include a unique mix of rental housing for low-income, working families, permanent supportive housing for households transitioning out of homelessness, and shelter beds for people coming directly off the street. The effort is a partnership between BRIDGE Housing and the Berkeley Food & Housing Project, and it’s been in the works for nearly a decade. “I am absolutely proud to be here today with this amazing groundbreaking,” City Manager Dee Williams-Ridley said during a virtual ceremony...
    SANTA ROSA, Calif. (KGO) -- You might never know that the peaceful, quiet, Joe Rodota Trail we see in Sonoma County, today, has come a long way since last winter."Well it's clean here. Not a lot of homeless tents anymore," said Robin Marrs while commuting on his bicycle.RELATED: Can coronavirus particles remain airborne longer than we thought?Based on its condition now, homeless advocates in Sonoma County can claim a victory of sorts after moving many of those residents eight miles west of Santa Rosa to the Los Guilicos Village, a temporary emergency shelter that was supposed to close April 30."We never believed that," said Greg Rhodes of Oakmont.That community lies a few hundred yards away from Los Guilicos, across Highway...
    The short-lived plan by San Jose officials to turn dilapidated state-owned trailers into a safe haven for homeless residents during the COVID-19 pandemic is raising skepticism about another batch of city-funded homeless housing sites already under construction. “They’ve used COVID-19 to force these projects in without a real plan for success,” said Resident David Nettemeyer. “It’s just short-term planning and short-term budgeting for a long-term project and that really doesn’t define success. “It spells a recipe for disaster, in my opinion.” San Jose, which has a homeless population of more than 6,000 residents, is currently developing three “Emergency Interim Housing” sites with dorm-like, modular units for homeless individuals to be able to shelter in place — 78 shelter beds in South...
    With thousands of vulnerable Bay Area residents living on the streets — exposed to coronavirus despite the state’s promise of hotel rooms as safe, emergency shelter — local groups say they’ve been forced to step in where government efforts have fallen short. In some cases, that has meant spending tens of thousands of dollars to shelter their homeless neighbors who can’t get into state and county programs. “We couldn’t wait on the county or city,” said Candice Elder, founder and executive director of The East Oakland Collective, which has placed 42 households in hotels in Oakland and Alameda. “We wanted to get ahead of the curve of a possible outbreak of COVID at the encampments … so we just decided to...
    Minneapolis Park Police say that a juvenile was sexually assaulted late Thursday night in one of the homeless encampments inside Powderhorn Park, where neighbors have boycotted the police in the wake of George Floyd's death. According to WCCO-TV, the child was transported to Abbott Northwestern Hospital early Friday morning, but the individuals who took him there did not call the police. Upon the child's arrival, staff at the hospital notified law enforcement. KSTP-TV reports that authorities are now investigating the incident but have not made an arrest nor identified a suspect due to little information being available. It was not immediately clear whether the child had been living in the encampment or if an abduction had occurred. Police...
    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed project in Alaska’s capital city would use federal coronavirus funds to help restaurants feed residents experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. The Juneau Cares Act program administered by the United Way of Southeast Alaska would pay up to $1 million to restaurants to prepare and serve food to some of the city's most vulnerable residents, The Juneau Empire reported Sunday. The program is designed to accommodate between 175 and 300 people per meal, with operating costs between $5 and $10 per meal depending on the form of preparation and service. The money would go to restaurants and their workers distributing the food. The cost is calculated based on operation from July 1 to Dec. 31,...
    A Minneapolis community, just a few miles away from where George Floyd died while in the custody of the Minneapolis Police Department, pledged to “check its privilege,” allowing hundreds of transients and homeless individuals to take up residents on their front lawns and pledging not to call the police to handle incidents of drug abuse and mental illness. Now that same town’s residents are concerned things have gotten out of hand. Crime is rampant and the homeless encampment now has more than 300 people. The New York Times reports that Powderhorn Park residents — mostly left-leaning white women — were instrumental in declaring their town a “safe zone” for the underprivileged and pressing the town’s residents to agree to a...
    A Minneapolis neighborhood has been overrun by a homeless encampment that’s grown to as many as 300 people — amid an agreement among progressive white residents to not call the police, according to a new report. The tent city has popped up in a park in Powderhorn Park — a diverse community of about 9,000 that’s blocks away from where George Floyd was killed last month. In light of Floyd’s police-involved death, residents there have vowed to avoid calling the cops, feeling that doing so could put people of color in danger. But now with hundreds of outsiders flooding the park — drawing in more car traffic, including drug dealers, and resulting in at least two overdoses — the neighbors...
    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- A teen in San Jose is turning heads. His impressive Batman costume comes second to the services and sustenance he's providing for the city's growing homeless population.Batman's familiar costume is hitting San Jose city streets. However, instead of the character fighting crime, this 19-year-old is feeding the homeless."People will notice me and then they'll see what I'm doing," the teen told ABC7 News. "And then they'll notice the problem."RELATED: 'ABC7 Better Bay Area: Project Thanks'Under his makeshift costume made of motocross armor and riot gear, the teen is on a mission to connect with the city's homeless population. His effort began last summer.Behind him, he pulls a wagon filled with food, water and other tools.Known...
    On the heels of a viral video showing someone tossing a firecracker at a sleeping homeless man in Harlem early Monday morning — after which it exploded while the perps laughed and ran away — New York City police pledged to find those responsible, WCBS-AM reported. "The inhumanity of this crime is shocking to everyone who watches," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan tweeted. "The NYPD WILL apprehend those responsible for using fireworks to assault our fellow New Yorker in Harlem yesterday. If you have any info, please contact @NYPDTips at #800577TIPS." The 66-year-old victim was hospitalized with minor burns after the incident on West 113th Street and is expected to recover, WCBS reported....
    DENVER (CBS4) – Residents in the Capitol Hill neighborhood say a homeless camp surrounding Morey Middle School has invited criminal activity and left them feeling unsafe outside their own homes. They want to see the city address the issue with a long-term solution that helps those living in the camp and does not force them to move their setup to another part of Denver. (credit: CBS) “The last year I think it’s gotten worse,” said Brendan McCormick, a Capitol Hill resident. “We’ve seen the criminal activity rise in the area.” McCormick says he has lived in Capitol Hill for more than five years and something changed in 2019. But since the COVID-19 pandemic, the last two or three months...
    Click here if you are having trouble viewing the slideshow on a mobile device. On the streets of San Jose, he is known by only one name: Batman. As he makes his way through the many homeless encampments that dot the city, his purple cape billowing out behind him and the iconic bat logo displayed across his chest, people call out to him. “Hey, Batman!” “What’s up, Batman?” “It’s Batman, bro!” He responds to each one, handing out bottles of water, canned tuna and ravioli, shirts and socks. He asks how people are doing, poking his head into tents to make sure the occupants are all right. VIDEO: San Jose’s own Batman raising awareness and donating to homeless He’s...
    After spending two months and more than $1.3 million repairing dozens of dilapidated state-owned trailers for homeless residents, San Jose is dismantling the temporary shelter site — just one month after people moved in. Citing poor living conditions for elderly residents and constant maintenance burdens for the city, officials over the weekend transferred more than 30 homeless residents from the trailer site on a city-owned parking lot near Happy Hollow Park to county-leased hotel rooms. The move came just one month after San Jose entered a $730,000 contract with Abode Services, a Bay Area-based homeless service provider, to operate 90 trailers to isolate homeless individuals with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 or who have pre-existing conditions and are at a...