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    By MARIA CLARK, USA Today - The American South NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A group of advocates in New Orleans have raised more than $400,000 to create what will be the city’s first home for transgender and gender non-confirming people who are experiencing homelessness. The project called the House of Tulip (Trans United Leading Intersectional Progress) is believed to be the first of its kind in the U.S., according to Mariah Moore, a co-director of the organization and a national organizer for the Transgender Law Center. The group is finalizing the purchase of a multi-unit home near the Treme neighborhood in downtown New Orleans that will provide living space for up to 12 people at a time. Moore explained that...
    SAN JOSE — PATH Ventures, which specializes in affordable homes, has proposed a residential development that would replace some retail buildings on West San Carlos Street in San Jose. The new residential development would sprout at the corner of West San Carlos Street and Cleveland Avenue between the big retail malls to the west and downtown San Jose to the east, according to documents filed with city planners. “PATH Villas at West San Carlos will be a 94-unit affordable, mixed-income housing development serving families in the West San Carlos Urban Village Plan area,” PATH Ventures stated in documents on file with the city’s planning department. The proposed development might be able to extend its mission beyond affordable housing, PATH Ventures...
    It’s so bad that the MTA board felt obliged to formally ban public defecation in the subway and bus system. Rules already stated that riders who “create a nuisance, hazard or unsanitary condition (including, but not limited to, spitting or urinating)” are subject to a $100 fine. But the agency felt it had to “enhance clarity” with “more descriptive language,” MTA flack Tim Minton explained. The MTA actually “clarified” things in its April emergency rules, as the pandemic brought a plague of dysfunctional behavior by many homeless folks. At the same time, it banned “any wheeled cart greater than 30 inches in either length or width” and spending more than an hour in a station. Plainly, even with Gov. Andrew...
    Jeison Rosario. Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images Jeison Rosario returns to the ring against Jermell Charlo in a Premier Boxing Champions event broadcast on Showtime pay-per-view Saturday, September 26. It is boxing's greatest event of the pandemic, with three world championships at stake in Rosario's fight, and another four world title fights on the night. The event is a far cry from what Rosario endured when he was a child, having to fast transition into a man. Rosario was subjected to homelessness and child abuse at an age when many American or European kids spend most of their time playing video games with their friends and watching movies. "I didn't have a happy childhood," the 25-year-old told Insider,...
    New funding for long-term homeless housing continues to roll into the Bay Area, as Gov. Gavin Newsom doles out grants to help cities and counties create shelter that will outlast the coronavirus pandemic. But who are the lucky winners so far? Following Newsom’s announcement Monday of $236 million in additional grants throughout California, officials in cities including Milpitas, Oakland and Mountain View on Tuesday showcased what they plan to do with their share of the money. The funding comes from Newsom’s $600 million Project Homekey fund — a pot of federal and state money intended to help cities and counties buy hotels, apartments and other buildings and turn them into long-term homeless housing. Oakland received $20 million for two projects....
    A pair of exceedingly charitable teenage sisters will be among the guests of honor at a virtual celebration attended by former Presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama this weekend.  Shreyaa and Esha Venkat are just 17 and 14, respectively, but the two young women have been volunteering for years — and together, they launched the nonprofit organization NEST4US, which provides food and necessities to the homeless, tutoring, school supplies for underprivileged kids, and more services for their community in Washington, D.C. Now the Venkat sisters are set to receive The George H.W. Bush Points of Light Award from the late president's nonprofit, honoring them for 'their selfless commitment to driving sustained change in their communities.' Do-gooders: Shreyaa...
    (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...
    Police in New York have arrested a homeless man who placed metal clamps on subway tracks and watched, laughing, as a train derailed, injuring three people.  The incident occurred in the West Village, as the uptown A train was entering the 14th St - Eighth Avenue station at 8:17 am. The homeless man had found a pile of tie plates, which are normally used to secure the train tracks to the foundations, on a pile of construction materials at the 14th St. station, police sources told the New York Daily News.  He took the plates and put them on the tracks before the train came into the station.  When the train pulled in, three of the subway cars derailed - and...
    “Hey Q Q!” Shirley Raines calls. Colorful flowers, potted plants and a “Home Sweet Home” sign adorn the entrance to Q’s house. K, who is transgender and HIV positive, says in the episode that he felt vulnerable life in the main area of ​​Skid Row. “This zone is so sweet to me,” Kay says. “It’s very safe for me.”The rain is running Beauty 2 The Streets, Providing non-profit haircut, makeover and food to Skid Row residents. He has been helping to take care of Q for the past four years.Raines says the main part of the skit row may be “very regional”, which is why some blocks of gay and other members of the gay and transgender live far away....
    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...
    On the first Sunday of September, a work crew showed up alongside the Cattaraugus Tunnel, a highway underpass in Los Angeles, and stacked 66 large boulders along its walls. The rocks appeared in the tunnel, which connects the L.A. neighborhoods of Reynier Village and the Culver City Arts District, without notice or forewarning, leaving residents to discover them on their own. The next day, a local organizer snapped a picture of the scene, writing: “What the absolute fuck is this shit?”  The answer was “hostile architecture,” or urban design features ostensibly deployed to deter crime, but which often serve only to limit where unhoused people can sleep. Before the boulders arrived, the tunnel had been home to at least three...
    Osh has two kids, ages 11 and 12, who are enrolled in the St. Paul Public Schools district. They both officially started distance learning last week. To access classes, they work on their school-issued devices, using his cellphone as an internet hotspot. And when they’re not doing school, they’re navigating life at a St. Paul-based shelter for those experiencing homelessness. “We’ve been adapting to it, to be honest,” said Osh, who asked that we use only his first name. “But I just can’t imagine for other families that don’t have internet. And for families that don’t really spend the time with their kids.” He’s pretty much blocked out Monday through Thursday — the four days a week that his kids...
    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...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The city has paused the relocation of homeless families living in a Midtown hotel after abruptly telling them they had to move to make way for a group of homeless men. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports, it’s a temporary win for families living in the Harmonia Shelter, inside the former Hotel Chandler on East 31st Street, saying they got no notice they’re being transferred to make room for a group of men that were pushed out of an Upper West Side hotel. But Friday afternoon, the city said hold on, it’s going to assess each client’s personal needs before relocating them. “I think it’s not fair that they would move families, single mothers with children, for men,”...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A rally was held Friday to stop the relocation of homeless families living in a Midtown hotel. The decision was made so a group of homeless men recently displaced can move in there instead. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports, the Harmonia Shelter is located inside the former Hotel Chandler on East 31st Street. It has been housing homeless couples and families for several years. Residents like Maria Lopez say they got little notice they’re being transferred. “Honestly, when I heard that, I couldn’t believe it,” she told Duddridge. “For what reason? We didn’t do nothing wrong. We’re doing what we’re supposed to do.” Lopez and Rosa Pares were saving to get their own apartments, but now...
    TEEN Mom Kailyn Lowry said she looked 'homeless' in a selfie as she suffered through the night with her screaming newborn son. The mother of four has been raising her sons as a single mother. 9Kailyn Lowry revealed she stayed up all night with CreedCredit: Instagram 9She then showed an adorable photo of him smilingCredit: Instagram 9Kailyn has described herself as a single mom multiple timesCredit: Instagram Kailyn, 28, shared a dark selfie on her Instagram stories as she begged her fans to not judge her appearance. "If you see me out today, please know I didn't sleep at all. No, I am not homeless. #newborn," she shared with her Teen Mom 2 fans. She then proceeded to...
    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...
    The average cost of building a single unit of housing for the homeless in Los Angeles has risen to $531,000, according to an audit from the city controller, who recommends that L.A. rehab motels and open dormitory-style buildings to save money and get people off the streets quickly. Controller Ron Galperin, in a report due Wednesday, also cited two projects whose costs soared to nearly $750,0000 per unit and assailed delays that he said have driven city-funded homeless construction expenses up from initial projections of $350,000 a unit. Nearly four years after voters approved Proposition HHH, only three projects have opened, construction has not started on three-quarters of the planned units, and many projects may “never come to fruition,”...
    Lucas, a dog just saved by Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, came into a high-kill shelter in Georgia in awful shape. He was dirty, cut up, and clearly mistreated – he was also literally starving. Lucas had not eaten in two weeks because he was completely unable to open his mouth. Now, he is finally receiving the care he so desperately needs and starting to fight for his life. “Just when we think we’ve seen it all, something new comes along & breaks our hearts again,” rescuers wrote. When he arrived at the rescue, he was shaking, twitching, and drooling, terrified and in pain.   Because of his condition, he was not even able to stick his tongue out, let...
    Have a good start to the Labor Day Weekend, MarketWatchers! Don’t miss these top stories: Celebrate Labor Day safely: Keep the socializing outside and don’t touch anyone Don’t let the coronavirus crash your holiday barbecue Think twice before wearing a face shield to protect against COVID-19 instead of a cloth face mask — here’s why Teachers and students are returning to schools and colleges — sometimes wearing face shields in lieu of masks. Gaps in the CDC’s eviction ban could leave some renters homeless, housing advocates say Ambiguity in the wording of the national eviction moratorium means that some Americans could still lose their homes amid the coronavirus pandemic. My husband wants 50% of my mother’s inheritance because he earns...
    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...
    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...
    A man whose 'angry reaction' videos turned him into an overnight sensation on TikTok has revealed that he has been homeless for the past few months after being evicted from his home.  Oneya Johnson, a 22-year-old who lives in his car in Lafayette, Indiana, earned one million followers in just 24 hours thanks to his brilliant videos in which he watches other people's content and angrily yells positive messages and praise.  'I basically took how the world sees me, and how I really am, and just matched it together,' he told BuzzFeed News. 'If I passed you on the street and I don’t say a word, I look like the angriest person in the world. But when you actually get...
    In Rode, India, locals were touched by the compassion of a Rhesus macaque monkey who had adopted a homeless puppy. Town locals thought it was bizarre at first, but the apparent love between the two animals was too much to deny. This just goes to show you that love knows no species. The monkey cares for the little puppy and keeps the little one close as if he were caring for his own baby. The details of how the two met are unclear, but the puppy, who was likely born on the streets, seems well taken care of. The monkey doesn’t let the puppy out of his sight for a moment and has even defended him from other...
    SAN FRANCISCO -- Gov. Gavin Newsom's press conference on the coronavirus pandemic focused on the major financial impacts the virus has had.The governor announced the state would be using $600 million to purchase hotels, motels and apartment buildings by the end of the year for supportive homeless housing.RELATED: Map shows which counties can, can't reopen under Newsom's new 4-tier system"Shelter solves sleep, but housing and supportive services solve homelessness," the governor said."This is not one of those open ended things where you hear the initiative and it never gets done," Newsom said. "We have to hit it head on. We have to do it ethically, morally and compassionately, but we also have to do with more accountability and more more...
    A shocking photo has emerged showing a woman performing a sex act in the street in the Upper West Side, in another alarming indication of how one of New York City's wealthiest neighborhoods is being overtaken by crime and homelessness.  In a disturbing picture shared on Twitter, the woman can be seen crouching down while apparently performing oral sex on a shirtless man near W 79th Street and Broadway around 9pm on Sunday. She also appears to be undressed from the waist down, with her pants around her knees.   A witness who took the photo told DailyMail.com the woman had also relieved herself on the sidewalk during the encounter. A woman was seen performing oral sex on a man...
    Media mogul Tyler Perry is a newly minted billionaire, according to the latest calculations from Forbes.  Perry, 50, who states he was once 'poor as hell' and homeless, dropped out of high school and struggled as a playwright before his career catapulted him to stardom, becoming the first African American to independently own a studio.   He credits much of his wealth to the importance of ownership and Perry has invested in several properties, as well his 330-acre studio location.  'Ownership changes everything,' he said an interview with Forbes.  Tyler Perry, 50, is now a billionaire according to Forbes' calculations Perry was born into poverty in New Orleans and has said he was once 'broke as hell' Among...
    Analysis by Chris Cillizza | CNN Editor-at-large Late last week, the state of California hit an absolutely remarkable milestone: It filed its 100th lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration. Yes, you read that right: 100 lawsuits. (By way of comparison, Texas sued the Obama administration 48 times during his two full terms.) “I am surprised that any president in any administration would at least 100 times be caught red-handed violating the law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, told the Los Angeles Times of the feat. “I am not surprised we have had to sue, because we have to protect our people, our resources and our values, and we use the rule of law to do that.”...
    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...
    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...
    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,"...
    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...
    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...
    When the coronavirus pandemic swept through New York City, officials started filling boutique hotels in Manhattan's Upper West Side (UWS) with homeless individuals, in an effort to reduce the virus spreading through the streets and cramped shelters. Residents in the family-friendly neighborhood were shocked to find out that those homeless included more than a dozen convicted sex offenders. Some were reportedly given rooms in hotels a block from a school playground. City officials have said that, given the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, there was not time to notify residents well in advance or seek community input. In all, around 800 people ‒ mostly men ‒ have been placed since April in UWS hotels, costing taxpayers up to $400 a night, funded 75 percent by Federal Emergency Management Agency...
    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...
    NORTH HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- "Tradition, food...we try to keep recipes that are not fancy and trendy, just real food," said Robert Sandoval, owner of Victorio's.The restaurant, which opened in 1964, has built longstanding relationships with the community."I moved here back 30 years ago, we were looking for a family restaurant so we picked Victorio's. And from the first day, I've been coming back all the time, because of the owner," said customer Manny Figueras.Despite the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, Sandoval said his business continues to help those in need."Everything started with the catering, where leftovers we started giving them to the missions and homeless shelters since the 80s. And then as you know, it increased because people...
    John Jones III became an activist for a simple reason: When he saw who was in the room having conversations about the future of his neighborhood, there wasn’t a seat for anyone from his community. So, he invited himself in. Jones, who was homeless for 18 months after he was released in 2012 following felony assault charges, is a leader in the campaign to stop landlords from asking applicants about criminal backgrounds except when required by law and give applicants an opportunity to explain their past. A similar statewide measure for job seekers with criminal backgrounds was passed in California in 2017. A self-professed history buff, Jones now advocates for solutions to housing issues, displacement, over-policing and mass incarceration. We talked...
    Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to have reversed himself once again, busing homeless men into boutique hotels in Brooklyn after vowing to end the program in the face of public outcry. On Friday, at least 40 men were spotted exiting yellow buses and entering the Hotel Indigo on Abolitionist Place in Downtown Brooklyn, where a sign warns that the hotel 'cannot accommodate reservations,' according to the New York Post. Many of the men carried their belongings in plastic garbage bags, and city sources confirmed that the trendy hotel is being converted into a homeless shelter. Just steps away, the Hotel Aloft was converted to a similar shelter three weeks ago, residents said. The program reportedly costs taxpayers $175 per person...
    For Valerie Clark, the breaking point was when a stranger threatened her outside her home. It was about two weeks ago that the man came up to her as she was entering her apartment building on the Upper West Side. “You’re fixing to get attacked,” he growled. “I know where you live, and you deserve it.” Clark skirted him, called the police and made a vow: “I said, ‘I’m not going to turn my back.’” So the 47-year-old, whose daughters are 12 and 14, has spent the past two weeks patrolling her neighborhood with the Guardian Angels, the volunteer organization founded in the bad old days — the late ’70s — of New York City. Wearing the group’s signature...
    Hell hath no fury like a liberal neighborhood recently mugged by Bill de Blasio. Therein lies a salutary tale. Manhattan’s leftier-than-thou Upper West Side last month got a vagrant transfusion courtesy of de Blasio’s social-services apparatchiks — hundreds of profoundly troubled men dumped without warning, services or supervision into three hotels in a 10-square-block section of a neighborhood previously best known for Zabar’s bagels and sending Jerry Nadler to Congress. What followed was predictable enough: “Public urination, defecation, masturbation, aggressive panhandling, cat-calling, failure to wear masks, stalking, drug dealing and crime,” as one disgusted neighborhood eyewitness described it. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in the 70s and 80s were overrun; disorder began to leach into adjoining streets, and local parks became...
    Flavia Basteri asked for an exam to reconstruct the identity of Honorina Montes, who she says may be the singer’s biological mother Luis Miguel. Photo: . / Ethan Miller One of the greatest enigmas about life Luis Miguel is what happened to his mom Marcela basteri. His fate remains a question mark, fueled in recent times by the fury of Luis Miguel: the series. Since the premiere of Netflix and until today, Flavia basteri, the singer’s cousin, assures that a woman admitted to a neuropsychiatric hospital is the biological mother of the Mexican idol. By the time the series about life Luis Miguel was launched on the streaming giant, different media and journalists from the show...
    10-year-old, Micah Harrigan, decided to start his own business, a lemonade stand called Micah's Mixx. This isn't your typical lemonade. He infuses them with fruit, offering a variety of flavors, from blue raspberry to watermelon. He even does tea! He sets up his stand a few times a week and typically sells out in the hour. Micah uses his business to give back. For every $3 donated, he gives out lemonade to the homeless.
    The Toronto Blue Jays have banned players from wearing a t-shirt that depicts the team mascot as a vagrant and are apologizing for a 'a lapse in sensitivity' amid the city's 'homelessness crisis.' The t-shirt, worn by several players in recent days, reads 'Homeless Jays' in reference to the team's banishment by the Canadian government for the pandemic-shortened season due to concerns over coronavirus. The graphic is a cartoon Blue Jay with torn clothes and a missing shoe that appears to be carrying a bindle fashioned out of a bat. Although they were banned from playing in Toronto, and Pittsburgh passed on the chance to host the club, the Blue Jays have found a home at a minor league stadium...
    SAN ANTONIO – The South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless has seen an increase in the need for resources and housing. The organization launched a new pilot program designed to prevent people from experiencing life on the streets. Katie Vela is the chief operating officer with The South Regional Alliance for the Homeless, or SARAH. She believes homelessness isn’t just a city issue, but it is also a community issue. “It’s critical and it’s a matter of life and death,” said Vela. Hospitalizations continue declining; 191 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Bexar County The organization works with different agencies across the city and county as an effort to end homelessness. However, Vela said COVID-19 has made their mission more...
    As the summer heat crested in the late afternoon Monday, Royal Fahrner left the Pan Pacific Park recreation center with a large plastic bag and her backpack. A long bus ride downtown to a storage facility was in her future. The rec-center-turned-homeless-shelter, where she had been staying for several months, was scheduled to close Tuesday. So she was getting ready to move to the Westwood Recreation Center along with 42 other people. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, she has shuttled among several shelters in Los Angeles city recreation centers. Some legal trouble meant she couldn’t leave the county, and since she had nowhere else to stay, Fahrner said these shelters had been a lifeline — and a salvation...
    By Fabian Cambero and Dave Sherwood | Reuters TV SANTIAGO – A stranger disguised as Batman is prowling the streets of Santiago delivering food to the homeless, providing sustenance and light-hearted solace to those in need following months of lockdown in the Chilean capital. The man, who wears a shiny batman suit complete with a coronavirus-ready sanitary facemask, delivers a few dozen plates of hot food to homeless people throughout the South American capital on a regular basis. He said he prefers not to be identified. “Look around you, see if you can dedicate a little time, a little food, a little shelter, a word sometimes of encouragement to those who need it,” he said, adding the disguise was...
    When the coronavirus emerged in the U.S. this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless populations feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues. They scrambled to move people into hotel rooms, thinned out crowded shelters and moved tents into designated spots at sanctioned outdoor camps. While shelters saw some large COVID-19 outbreaks, the virus so far doesn’t appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared. However, researchers and advocates say much is unknown about how the pandemic is affecting the estimated half-million people without housing in the U.S. HOMELESS FLORIDA MAN CAUGHT CAMPING OUT IN STADIUM'S LUXURY SUITE The virus so far...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When the coronavirus emerged in the U.S. this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues. They scrambled to move people into hotel rooms, thinned out crowded shelters and moved tents into designated spots at sanctioned outdoor camps. While shelters saw some large COVID-19 outbreaks, the virus so far doesn’t appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared. However, researchers and advocates say much is unknown about how the pandemic is affecting the estimated half-million people without housing in the U.S. In a country that’s surpassed 5 million identified cases and 169,000...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When the coronavirus emerged in the U.S. this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues. They scrambled to move people into hotel rooms, thinned out crowded shelters and moved tents into designated spots at sanctioned outdoor camps. While shelters saw some large COVID-19 outbreaks, the virus so far doesn’t appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared. However, researchers and advocates say much is unknown about how the pandemic is affecting the estimated half-million people without housing in the U.S. In a country that’s surpassed 5 million identified cases...
    By JANIE HAR, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When the coronavirus emerged in the U.S. this year, public health officials and advocates for the homeless feared the virus would rip through shelters and tent encampments, ravaging vulnerable people who often have chronic health issues. They scrambled to move people into hotel rooms, thinned out crowded shelters and moved tents into designated spots at sanctioned outdoor camps. While shelters saw some large COVID-19 outbreaks, the virus so far doesn't appear to have brought devastation to the homeless population as many feared. However, researchers and advocates say much is unknown about how the pandemic is affecting the estimated half-million people without housing in the U.S. In a country that's surpassed 5...
    Gold's Gym has become synonymous with the Hollywood Dream.  Set just a few hundred yards from the ocean in sun-kissed Venice Beach, Los Angeles, Gold's was the backdrop for Pumping Iron, the 1977 documentary which followed a young, unknown Austrian bodybuilder called Arnold Schwarzenegger as he prepared for the Mr Universe contest. The film turned him into an overnight sensation. He would go on to become a global superstar, marry a member of the Kennedy clan, and become Governor of California. Yet today Gold's sits amid post-apocalyptic scenes which have consumed much of LA, turning the City of Dreams into an urban nightmare from which people are fleeing in droves. Makeshift tents line the popular tourist destination of Venice...
    Savannah Rychcik August 14, 2020 0 Comments Sal Salomon, a homeless man who took up residence in one of New York City’s hotels amid the coronavirus pandemic, is sharing how he understands why residents are concerned about the situation. As early as his childhood, Salomon never envisioned himself ending up in a homeless shelter. “I never thought that I’d wind up in a homeless shelter when I was a kid,” Salomon said during an interview with CBS2’s Dave Carlin. He detailed his experience as a teenager as he wound up in prison and turned his life around. “When I was 19 I got locked up and I went to prison, for stealing a car. I changed my direction, got my...
    A traveling father and husband is dead after he unknowingly befriended a convicted killer who was staying in the same hotel, reports say. What are the details of the murder? Charles Morgan left his Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, home on Aug. 1 to visit his father and brother in West Palm Beach, Florida. He made it all the way to a hotel in Dania Beach, Florida, where he decided to stop traveling for the night around 9:30 p.m. There, authorities believe the 59-year-old Morgan befriended a fellow hotel guest later identified as Alphonso Washington — a convicted murderer. Members of his family were set to pick Morgan up from the hotel the next...
    Daniel Albert Neja, 39, was arrested on Sunday A homeless man lived in the luxury suite at the Tampa Bay Rowdies soccer stadium for two weeks undetected after sneaking in with a cleaning crew then setting up home inside, stealing more than $1,000 in clothes from the merchandise store and drinking $250 worth of alcohol before being caught.  Daniel Albert Neja, 39, was arrested on Sunday after being caught by a cleaning crew in the stadium.  He had been living in the stadium since July 26 when, according to a police report, he blended in with cleaning crews to get inside. Once they left, he stayed behind and went undisturbed for more than two weeks.  For food, Neja pillaged...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Putting the homeless in hotels in New York has become a contentious issue, pitting neighborhoods against each other and putting city leaders on the hot seat with claims of mismanagement and rising crime rates. But in this debate we don’t often hear from the homeless, themselves. CBS2’s Dave Carlin has one man’s story about homelessness and life in a hotel shelter. “I never thought that I’d wind up in a homeless shelter when I was a kid,” Sal Salomon said. He was 8 years old when he attended public school in Hell’s Kitchen. Forty years later, he found himself on the streets and then in a series of New York City homeless shelters. MORE: Homeless Individuals Moved...
    Police arrested a homeless man Thursday for pushing a 7-year-old girl on Staten Island because he didn’t like the look her mother gave him, police and sources said. “He didn’t like the way the mom looked at him,” a police source said. “That’s why he did that to the kid.” Vondell Cox, 20, was arrested for the Monday incident and charged with assault, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. Police said Cox has a history of psychological problems, but didn’t provide details. The girl was with her mother around noon at Edison Street and Bryant Avenue when Cox shoved pushed her to the ground, causing minor cuts to her knees. He then fled in an unknown...
    Princess Diana took Prince William and Harry to homeless shelters in the hope they would have a lifelong passion for charity work and activism, a new documentary has revealed. Speaking on Diana: Queen of Hearts? which airs tonight on Channel 5, biographer Andrew Morton says she took the young royals with her on her private charity visits. from a young age   'One of the reasons was she didn't want the boys to grow up thinking the whole world was 4x4 range rovers,  shotguns,  and nannies,' he said.  Princess Diana took Prince William and Harry to homeless shelters in the hope they would have a lifelong passion for charity work and activism, a new documentary has revealed. This image shows...
    (CNN)A 15-year-old boy has raised over $13,000 in donations for homeless veterans, special needs children, and first responders by selling and donating wooden flags he carves himself.In 2019, Lorenzo Liberti met a homeless veteran while serving meals at a food pantry with his church youth group. The tenth grader from Lakewood Ranch, Florida, couldn't understand how someone who had served the country ended up abandoned, he says."He inspired me to be the change and make a difference," Lorenzo says.Lorenzo's father wanted him to be productive over the summer, "so I started tinkering with wood," he says. Read MoreA Navy Seal Veteran who owns Calusa Brewery, son of the auction winner from the "Be The Key" Gala, with Lorenzo and his...
    The pandemic may contribute to more homelessness for LGBTQ people, advocates say, particularly LGBTQ people of color. A Human Rights Campaign report released in May found that 14% of LGBTQ people of color had asked for delays in paying rent since the pandemic began. Voting while homeless during a pandemic Eric Tars, legal director at the National Homelessness Law Center, said many of the typical barriers to voting homeless people face have been exacerbated this year. They may not know that their polling site has changed until Election Day itself, for example. They may be unable to get to the new site once they learn about it. "Public transit has been cut back because of the decreased ridership with everyone...
    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,...
    Homeless New Yorkers are finding shelter in more than 100 New York City Hotels-and every American is helping foot the bill, not just New Yorkers. Nearly $80 million was set aside to help homeless New Yorkers find shelter in top of the line hotels back in April. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) through taxpayer money, signed a contract agreeing to cover 75% of the cost of the rooms, according to Fox News. New York taxpayers would pick up the slack and foot the bill for other expenses like moving, staff, medical care and extra services. (RELATED: ‘We’re The Taxpayers’: At Least 139 Hotels...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY GREG B. SMITH, THE CITY. This article was originally published on Aug. 10 at 12:15 pm EDT by THE CITY   The Coalition for the Homeless sued the NYPD Monday for information on the scope and impact of cops’ efforts to encourage homeless people to get off the subways and into shelters. The much-publicized Subway Diversion Project, with its philosophy of “supports, not summonses,” was touted by Mayor Bill de Blasio as a way for officers to provide help without steering the homeless into the criminal justice system. Instead, the Coalition says, multiple people wound up hit with tickets and were...
    Since the novel coronavirus began desecrating through New York more than five months ago, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration has been filling the city's high-priced hotels with people experiencing homelessness in a bid to ease the burden on the shelter system and to curb the spread of the pathogen – ensuring that individuals have their own room and space to socially distance. But there is a growing divide between advocates who contend it's the only practical answer – despite the exorbitant costs – and locals who fear for their own safety and worry it will fiscally break the city and spread crime. As it stands, at least 139 hotels are deemed home to people experiencing homelessness – a sharp rise from the estimated 40...
    VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- A Vallejo single mother was evicted mid-pandemic - and just six months after giving birth to twins.In fact she was living out of her car with the kids until someone in the Bay Area reached out to offer temporary help in the form of money and information on an out-of-town shelter.RELATED: San Francisco Chronicle documents heartbreaking story of homeless boy living in tent in BerkeleyAn eviction moratorium is in place blocking evictions, but advocates and lawyers we talked with say there are many exceptions and people are still being evicted.Elijah and Elias are 6-month-old twins who, along with their mom Rosana Sastrami, were living out of a car shortly after they were evicted from their Vallejo...
    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...
    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...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Two brothers have gone above and beyond in their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in South Florida. Luke Elegant, 20, and his 17-year-old brother Hudson decided to play their parts in bettering the Miami community by donating 10,000 surgical face masks to the Miami Rescue Mission to help those who are the most vulnerable. The Mission helps Miami’s homeless community on a daily basis and the Elegant brothers have been volunteering and fundraising for them for more than a decade. In those twelve years, they have raised over $51,000, trained and supervised hundreds of volunteers, and tutored homeless individuals studying to take high school equivalency exams. The Miami Rescue Mission received a donation of 10,000...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — A nonprofit is helping the homeless during the pandemic. Workers with the Westside Health Authority are handing out food and “blessing bags” at one of Chicago’s tent cities. They said every bit helps. “We are handing out a few different items. We’re handing out towels, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, masks, hand sanitizer, bras and underwear for the ladies,” said D’Elegant Lane of the Westside Health Authority. “Also socks, pads and diapers.” The effort was part of the organization’s Community Service Week called “Nourishing Our Neighbors.”  
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A homeless Marine veteran who was sleeping outside is on his way to having his own place, thanks to the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans. The Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) found Dale Rumble helping others even when he had no place to call home. WCCO’s Reg Chapman caught up with the veteran on moving day, the day 29-year-old Dale Rumble has been waiting for. Rumble packed up his belongings to continue the next part of his journey to have a permanent place to call home. “I feel good. I feel like this is a step in the right direction and I will be in my own place pretty soon,” Rumble said. After he served in the...
    COVID-19 is pushing Bay Area residents out of their homes and onto the streets — even in some of Silicon Valley’s wealthiest neighborhoods. With a median income of $116,178 and a poverty rate five and a half points lower than California’s 12.8 percent, one might not think to look in wealthier neighborhoods like Cupertino for signs of extreme poverty as a result of the pandemic. But West Valley Community Services, the sole social services provider serving low-income communities in Cupertino, West San Jose, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga, said at a news conference Thursday that it has been struggling to meet a 500 percent increase in demand for food and financial support for housing since the pandemic hit. “Emotionally,...
    A dismantled East Village homeless encampment has spawned a sequel — staged right outside the Orpheum Theater. Members of the twice-rousted mini-shantytown on the west side of Second avenue near St. Marks Place simply walked across the street and set up their homes in front of the shuttered show house — complete with a coffee table, a desk and a bookshelf among their furnishings, witnesses said Wednesday. The sidewalk setup, under the shuttered theater’s marquee, is similar to an encampment that sat across Second Avenue for weeks — until this weekend, when city workers cleared it out following a report by The Post. That site, outside a rebuilt apartment building that was leveled in a massive 2015 gas explosion,...
    CERRITOS (CBSLA) – Teenage triplets from Cerritos have been putting together COVID-19 safety kits for the homeless. July 28, 2020. (CBSLA) Jared, Jacob and Josiah Joseph are producing COVID-19 safety kits from their home. The kits contain facial coverings, gloves, sanitizer wipes and water. The project was made possible by a $120 loan, followed by community support. The teens say they were inspired to take on the project by the death of a local firefighter. “Their family actually tested positive, so I just wanted to help with that, get essentials to help with the coronavirus, keep safe from that…and the homeless is in need of that, and California has a lot of homeless problems, so we’re trying to give back...
    The city has chosen its first site for the Safe Outdoor Spaces program: The parking lot by the Denver Coliseum, which already houses a temporary, 24/7 shelter for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic, will soon house a safe camping site that can hold up to fifty tents. At the camp, occupants will also have access to other services that could help get them off the streets. Mayor Michael Hancock has asked Denver City Council members to recommend spots in their districts that might work as additional safe camping sites. Only a handful replied...but readers have plenty of suggestions and opinions on the subject. Says Debbie:  I think using city-owned parking garages, in a central location, for safe camping (with...
    By JACKIE REHWALD, Springfield News-Leader BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — It was a windy day in early June, and Cecelia Dardnella McGrath had spent much of the morning crying. She woke that day to police ordering her to pack up her belongings and leave the wooded area where she’d camped for more than three months. It was private property, and the owner wanted her gone. By noon McGrath had crammed her possessions into her beat-up van, wiped the tears as best she could and headed to the Branson strip to do what she came to do when she moved to town 30 years ago: make music. McGrath was a professional musician in Branson for many years. She and her ex-husband fronted...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Residents in Chelsea say it is the latest sign their neighborhood and quality of life are under attack. Police said a homeless man used a hammer to bash a 64-year-old store manager on the head. The victim told CBS2’s Tony Aiello on Thursday he’s lucky to have survived. MORE: Community Activists: Add Homelessness To The Growing List Of Things Spiking In New York City Inside the Gristedes at Ninth Avenue and 24th Street, workers shared their shock at the early morning attack. It happened after manager Ray Acevedo took a picture of a homeless man known for causing trouble. Ray Acevedo (Photo: Facebook/Ray Acevedo) Aiello spoke with Acevedo on the phone. “One of the cashiers has a...
    LOS ANGELES -- The non-profit organization, The Shower of Hope, provides mobile showers to homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles County. Now the Southern California group is stepping up their efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic. They have expanded their free shower service to 24 locations throughout Los Angeles County."Now that we are dealing with COVID, the places that a lot of these people used to just take a birdbath, like gas station bathrooms, etc, are all closed," said Mel Tillekeratne, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Shower of Hope. "Right now, this is a matter of life and death because this is not just a way to be clean, it's a way to stay healthy." "When I was in the streets,...
    DENVER (CBS4)– If you’re an animal lover, you probably have hundreds of pictures of your pet on your phone. Now those photos could help homeless pets. (credit: Dumb Friends League) The Dumb Friends League is hosting a pet photo contest. Winners will be featured in their 2021 calendar. The $28 entry fee includes one calendar. Voting is $1 and all the money raised helps provide shelter and care for homeless animals. (credit: Dumb Friends League) Cast your ballot for the cutest pet or submit a photo of your pet at the Dumb Friends League website. The contest continues through July 31.
    After finally agreeing to the Safe Outdoor Spaces concept, which will create some temporary, and official, camping locations around the city, Mayor Michael Hancock gave a deadline of July 17 for Denver City Council members to suggest spots in their own districts. But the first safe camping site has already been chosen: the parking lot at the Denver Coliseum, which already houses a temporary, 24/7 shelter for women established during the coronavirus pandemic (across Interstate 70, the National Western Center has a similar shelter for men). Some of the services offered in those indoor shelters will be offered at the outside site, too.  If council approves the location, it could be operational by mid-August. In the meantime, other sites...
    Rajan Menon July 18, 2020 12:29PM (UTC) This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake. By early July, known infections in this country exceeded three million, while deaths topped 135,000. Home to just over 4% of the global population, the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all fatalities from Covid-19, the disease produced by the coronavirus. Amid a recent surge of infections, especially across the Sun Belt, which Vice President Mike Pence typically denied was even occurring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the daily total of infections had reached a record 60,000. Arizona's seven-day average alone approached that of the European Union, which has...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The PAWS Dog Of The Week is Marsol. She is a 12-year-old dachshund mix who is very sweet and has a very gentle nature.  Marisol loves cookies and hanging around humans and is very curious of her surroundings, often following her nose wherever it takes her. Marisol’s delightful personality and spirit are not affected by her Cushing’s disease diagnosis. She would be a wonderful companion for anyone looking for the love of a senior dog. Marisol, along with many adorable dogs and cats, are available at PAWS Chicago through its virtual adoption process. Visit the PAWS Chicago website for more information. While you’re there, catch the wave for the PAWS Chicago Beach Party. It’s set to take place...
    New data released by local service providers indicates that homelessness numbers were up in metro Denver even before the coronavirus pandemic devastated the economy and destabilized living situations. "It’s an important thing for everyone to keep in mind that homelessness was a crisis before the COVID crisis," says Matt Meyer, executive director of the Metro Denver Homeless Initiative. "The COVID crisis has put it into starker relief and made it even more urgent. And we’re not yet sure how much worse it’s going to be as a result." The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative just released its 2020 Point in Time Count, an annual survey that attempts to document the number of individuals experiencing homelessness in the metro area. This year's...
    A homeless man was charged with felony assault for allegedly kicking an NYPD officer in the hand after the cop is seen in bodycam footage punching and dragging him off a New York subway train because he was using up more than one seat.  The footage shows when the 30-year-old homeless man is punched and hauled off a No. 6 train in Manhattan around 12:30 a.m. May 25.   Officer Shimul Saha, according to a criminal complaint, said the man was 'occupying more than one seat'. The man complies, when he is asked to leave, but is seen in the footage moving to another car.  The footage later shows another cop, identified as Adonis Long, reaching out to the man, who responds...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Across Manhattan, many New Yorkers are noticing a spike in homelessness. People are sleeping on the streets and in other cases hotels as part of the city’s coronavirus program, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported Wednesday. FLASHBACK: Growing Concern Pandemic Could Cause Spike In Homeless Population Under scaffolding near the Lincoln Tunnel sits a mattress and a desk. A few feet away, a couch and a tarp. Not visible on camera was a man sleeping amidst all of it. It was a similar scene in Hell’s Kitchen on the corner of 55th Street and 10th Avenue. Meanwhile, in Times Square seemingly homeless people are sprawled out where pedestrians would typically walk and gather. Added to all of this, dozens...
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. (KABC) -- The Shower of Hope, a non-profit organization that provides mobile showers to homeless individuals throughout Los Angeles County is stepping up their efforts during the Coronavirus pandemic. The non-profit organization has expanded their free shower service to 24 locations throughout the county."Now that we are dealing with COVID, the places that a lot of these people used to just take a bird bath, like gas station bathrooms, etc, are all closed," said Mel Tillekeratne, Co-founder and Executive Director of The Shower of Hope. "Right now, this is a matter of life and death because this is not just a way to be clean, it's a way to stay healthy.""When I was in the streets, I...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man was shot in the face and arm Tuesday afternoon at the homeless encampment inside of Powderhorn Park, according to the Minneapolis Park Police Department. READ MORE: ‘We Don’t Want To Put Our Neighbors At Risk’: Powderhorn Residents Rethink Calling The Police (credit: CBS) Officers were called there just before 2 p.m., and arrived to find the victim, who suffered non-life threatening injuries. He was taken to Hennepin Healthcare. No one is in custody, and police are still investigating. READ MORE: Investigation Underway After Woman, 2 Girls Report Being Sexually Assaulted At Powderhorn Park Encampment
    The novel SARS-CoV-2 has roared through the American landscape leaving physical, emotional, and economic devastation in its wake. By early July, known infections in this country exceeded three million, while deaths topped 135,000. Home to just over 4% of the global population, the United States accounts for more than a quarter of all fatalities from Covid-19, the disease produced by the coronavirus. Amid a recent surge of infections, especially across the Sun Belt, which Vice President Mike Pence typically denied was even occurring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the daily total of infections had reached a record 60,000. Arizona’s seven-day average alone approached that of the European Union, which has 60 times as many people. Making matters much worse, the pandemic erupted during the...
    New York’s city’s empty hotels are being used to house homeless people during the coronavirus pandemic, and many neighbors weren’t notified, ABC 7 reported Monday. Hotels that were once rented for $300 a night are operating as homeless shelters, as the city experiences a crime surge compounded by the pandemic that has killed 18,708 people as of Monday, ABC 7 reported. The high-end Cachet Boutique Hotel is now equipped with a metal detector and security guards in the lobby, according to ABC 7. Many neighbors were reportedly surprised to hear that these buildings had become shelters. One woman told reporters that although she’s had mace since moving to the city, she’s never had to carry in her own building,...