Latest Homelessness News

Madison housing crunch makes living hard for homeless

Oct. 21, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Homeless, Lonisha Jordan and her sons, 10 and 12, sleep in their car, motels or other places, each day living a low-income housing crisis that shuts out many in Madison and Dane County. So does Paul Buggs, who spends nights at a men's shelter in a church basement, and Tina Helt and her...

Oahu plans homeless project with temporary service center

Oct. 21, 2019 12:02 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — A pilot project aimed at reducing problems related to Oahu's homeless population is scheduled to begin offering a hub for homeless services. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that the two-pronged approach to homelessness will include a crackdown on violations and the opening of a...

California relishes role as liberal trendsetter, Trump foe

Oct. 20, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Democrats who rule California took on homegrown tech giants Uber and Lyft over their workforces, convinced some of the world's biggest automakers to buck the president on fuel emissions and passed a law that could change college sports nationwide. On issues big and small...

About 200 left homeless after officials shut Georgia motel

Oct. 19, 2019 11:06 AM EDT

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — About 200 residents have been evicted from a northwest Georgia motel after public health officials shut it down as unsanitary. The Daily Tribune News of Cartersville reports residents remained this week even after getting 24 hours' notice to vacate the Budgetel Inn. School...

California unemployment rate falls to record low of 4%

Oct. 18, 2019 7:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's economy kept humming in September, dropping the unemployment rate to a record low 4% statewide and under 2% in San Francisco and some of its neighboring counties, a level that economists once thought impossible. "That is almost unthinkable," said Sung Won Sohn, professor...

Homeless, not faceless: After killings, a community mourns

Oct. 18, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — They were figures in Chinatown's street scene: the homeless octogenarian whom residents respectfully greeted as "uncle." The itinerant preacher and blogger who tapped out posts on his laptop in a park. And the man who had a home and family on Staten Island but liked to spend time with...

Austin leaders restore ban on homeless street encampments

Oct. 18, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Officials in Texas' capital city have restored some prohibitions on sitting or sleeping in public amid intense criticism over the handling of local homelessness. The Austin City Council voted Thursday to reinstate a ban on camping on sidewalks, near business doorways and the Austin...

Mayor: Nashville emergency shelters will open this winter

Oct. 18, 2019 10:53 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Mayor John Cooper says emergency shelters for the homeless will open this winter after all. The Tennessean reports Cooper made the announcement Thursday after meeting with Metro Social Services and the Office of Emergency Management amid widespread concern about Monday's...

School's out: Chicago teachers strike, 1st day deal unlikely

Oct. 17, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Striking teachers marched in picket lines outside hundreds of Chicago schools on Thursday after their union and city officials failed to reach a contract deal in the nation's third-largest school district, canceling classes for more than 300,000 students for the duration of a walkout that...

With final name, authorities ID all 4 slain in NYC beating

Oct. 17, 2019 3:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities have now identified all four men beaten to death as they slept on the streets of Manhattan's Chinatown earlier this month. After working for nearly two weeks to determine one man's name, the city medical examiner's office said Thursday he was 39-year-old Florencio Moran. He had...