Latest Homelessness News

4 hepatitis A cases found in Denver; vaccinations stepped up

Jul. 22, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver public health officials say four homeless people have been diagnosed with hepatitis A this year, so the city is stepping up free vaccinations. KDVR-TV reported Monday that three of the cases were diagnosed within the past three weeks. Denver Public Health executive director Dr. Bill...

Alaska budget cuts may lead to more homeless in camps, cars

Jul. 22, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State budget cuts could mean an increase in the number of homeless people in Anchorage living outside, officials said. Vetoes of homeless services funding by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy may force more people to live in camps and cars, The Anchorage Daily News reported Saturday....

Total number of homeless students in W.Va. rises to over 10K

Jul. 22, 2019 2:19 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The total number of homeless public school students in West Virginia has increased by nearly 1,000 students since the 2017-18 school year. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports state Department of Education data for the 2018-19 school year says there are now about 10,500 homeless...

Nonprofit set to open Indianapolis housing for LGBTQ youth

Jul. 21, 2019 9:27 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A nonprofit group is preparing to open housing in Indianapolis for LGBTQ youth and young adults who are experiencing homelessness. WISH-TV reports that Trinity Haven would be the first of its kind in Indiana by providing transitional housing for people ages 16 to 21 for up to two years....

Not fancy but faithful: Man shares tenure of homelessness

Jul. 21, 2019 12:05 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Robert Smith's eyes light up when he talks about his mother, Naomi. The two of them were inseparable. His habit of speaking in parables to get his point across — her habit, too. They spent their days watching "The Young and the Restless" and going together to church service....

Matthew Ministry provides free clothing for the needy

Jul. 20, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

CORBIN, Ky. (AP) — For nearly 20 years, one Corbin woman has faithfully helped to clothe the community, volunteering countless hours of service. Cheryl Robinson spends much of her time in a small old house on the corner of Fourth and Poplar Streets, across from Central Baptist Church in Corbin. If you...

Berkeley drops words like 'manpower' in push to be inclusive

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — There will be no manholes in Berkeley, California. City workers will drop into "maintenance holes" instead. Nothing will be manmade in the liberal city but "human-made." And students at the University of California, Berkeley, will join "collegiate Greek system residences" rather...

NC county's homeless left in high heat despite health risks

Jul. 19, 2019 3:18 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina county hasn't opened a summer cooling center since 2012 despite high temperatures that have reached 100 degrees. Mecklenburg County manager Dena Diorio tells The Charlotte Observer that there just hasn't been a need, but the city's homeless residents say otherwise....

Ky. agencies get federal funding to fight youth homelessness

Jul. 18, 2019 4:51 AM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Six homeless agencies in Louisville, Kentucky, have received a combined $3.4 million in federal funding to care for homeless youth. A Louisville's Coalition for the Homeless statement says funding comes from a federal Housing and Urban Development program aimed at ending youth...

Mississippi ACLU asks cities to repeal panhandling penalties

Jul. 17, 2019 6:13 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi is asking 16 cities in the state to eliminate local laws that penalize panhandling. The organization said in a news release Wednesday that the request is part of a national effort that includes work by the National Law Center on...