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Wisconsin Senate to vote on 1 of 8 homelessness bills

Jan. 21, 2020 7:08 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of eight bills that are part of a bipartisan package designed to fight homelessness in Wisconsin was up for approval Tuesday in the Wisconsin Senate. The Assembly approved all eight bills, which would spend a combined $3.7 million a year, in June. Advocates, including Democratic...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2020 file photo, signs are posted outside of a house was occupied by the group Moms 4 Housing in Oakland, Calif. The homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland house where they were squatting plan to buy the property after speculators, in a change of heart, agreed to sell it to a city nonprofit, it was announced Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community Land Trust, which will offer it for sale to the group Moms 4 Housing, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Homeless moms evicted from Oakland home may return

Jan. 20, 2020 6:29 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Homeless mothers who were evicted last week from an Oakland, California, house where they were squatting plan to move back after speculators agreed to sell the property to a nonprofit organization, it was announced Monday. Wedgewood Inc. will sell the home to the Oakland Community...

From left, Milun Trivunac, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Serbia, Richard Grenell, left, United States Ambassador to Germany, Robert C. O'Brien, United States National Security Advisor, Michael Knitter, Managing Director of Eurowings, and Eset Berisha, Director General, Civil Aviation Authority of Kosovo, pose for the media during a press conference in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 after the signing of an agreement between Kosovo and Serbia, establishing air service between the two capitals. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

US brokers prospective flights between Serbia, Kosovo

Jan. 20, 2020 8:43 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — U.S. diplomats on Monday oversaw the signing of an agreement between Serbia, Kosovo and German airline Lufthansa on the resumption of commercial flights intended to help improve economic ties between the Balkan nations. Serbia and Kosovo have remained uneasy neighbors ever since their 1998-99...

A tent city set up by the US army reserve stands in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. A 6.4 magnitude quake that toppled or damaged hundreds of homes in southwestern Puerto Rico is raising concerns about where displaced families will live, while the island still struggles to rebuild from Hurricane Maria two years ago. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

2 more Puerto Rico officials fired after warehouse break-in

Jan. 19, 2020 5:26 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Gov. Wanda Vázquez fired the heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments Sunday in the latest fallout over the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating from Hurricane Maria. The removal of Housing Secretary Fernando Gil and Department...

State adds $1.1M to help combat homelessness

Jan. 19, 2020 4:15 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is providing more than $1 million to combat homelessness. Democratic Governor Ned Lamont said last week that the additional $1.1 million in funding will support the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness' efforts to help families and individuals on the verge of...

Minnesota troopers to deliver care kits to homeless people

Jan. 19, 2020 11:51 AM EST

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota state troopers across the state will be carrying more than 600 kits to give to homeless people who need clothes, food, and toiletries. The St. Cloud Times reports the Department of Public Safety collected donations and assembled them into “Care and Go” kits....

Private security patrols to begin near University of Oregon

Jan. 19, 2020 10:02 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Victimized by an attempted arson and break-ins, a local business owner and more than a half-dozen sororities near the University of Oregon campus are splitting the cost for unarmed security patrols. The patrols are in response to increasing concerns about lawlessness, including among...

Community workday planned to get new shelter open

Jan. 18, 2020 4:14 PM EST

LEWES, Del. (AP) — A community workday is planned to help make sure a new homeless shelter opens in a Delaware community that lacked one. The Delaware State News reports donations can be dropped off and prospective volunteers can register Monday at the former State Police building in Lewes that's being...

Vagrant vet to TV star: Local goes on 'Say Yes to the Dress'

Jan. 18, 2020 8:41 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville-based entrepreneur and veteran RaeShanda Johnson has said "no" to plenty of things in her life, like homelessness and poverty, but this weekend she's ready to "Say Yes To The Dress" on TLC's wildly successful reality series hosted by fashion guru Randy Fenoli. "After I got...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019 file photo, tents housing homeless line a street in downtown Los Angeles. Nonprofit health care system Kaiser Permanente today announced it will be the first private sector contributor to Newsom's newly announced fund to combat homelessness in the state, committing $25 million to the effort. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Kaiser, Blue Shield pledge $45M to California housing fund

Jan. 17, 2020 5:26 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Hospital giant Kaiser Permanente and insurer Blue Shield of California on Friday pledged $45 million to a new state fund aimed at getting people off the streets. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed an executive order last week creating what he proposes to be a $750 million fund that could be...