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Portland panhandler who broke windows gets jail time

Dec. 13, 2019 10:59 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, panhandler who threw rocks through the windows of five businesses because she said no one was giving her money was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay more than $9,000 for the damage. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that 30-year-old Marlena...

Seattle brothers guilty in homeless encampment shooting

Dec. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle brothers were found guilty Thursday of shooting to death two people and wounding three others during a 2016 robbery at a former homeless encampment known as the Jungle — a case that had previously resulted in two mistrials. The Seattle Times reports a jury deliberated for...

Utah homeless centers experience difficulty filling all beds

Dec. 12, 2019 9:03 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah homeless advocates have experienced difficulty filling all of the beds at Salt Lake County’s homeless resource centers, officials said. Some people in the homeless population have not yet made the transition to sleeping at the centers, The Deseret News reported. Following...

Report: Mother of boy killed by subway was on way to shelter

Dec. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The mother of a 2-year-old boy killed by a subway in Manhattan had been on her way to a homeless shelter in Harlem when her toddler slipped away from her. The New York Daily News reported Thursday that 20-year-old Shayla Showell had been carrying several bags after stopping at a Dollar Tree...

Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 7:45 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people in the region with a high cost of living and a shortage of affordable housing. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting...

Council OKs creating regional homelessness authority

Dec. 11, 2019 7:16 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council in Seattle voted Wednesday to create a regional homelessness authority. The Seattle Times reports the plan will next go to the Seattle City Council for a vote, where council members may make changes. The plan would combine King County and Seattle...

Italy urges donor conference for quake-struck Albania

Dec. 11, 2019 11:17 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Italy's foreign minister on Wednesday urged an international donors' conference to raise funds for Albania following last month's earthquake that flattened buildings and killed 51 people. Luigi di Maio also pledged further aid from Italy, saying Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte...

Salem OKs warming shelters for homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council has agreed to spend up to $213,000 to open 140 warming shelter beds at two local churches. Warming shelter openings currently are driven by freezing temperatures. But under a proposed deal between the city, nonprofit and church representatives, the two shelters...

Portland-area residents may vote on funding for homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 2:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Multnomah County commissioners have agreed to cuts across departments to ensure that they can send money to the Joint Office of Homeless Services, which coordinates housing assistance, outreach and other needs for struggling people. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Mayor Ted...

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...