Latest Homelessness News

Hawaii's new Gov. Green aims to end tax on food, medication

Dec. 05, 2022 21:17 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. Josh Green took the oath of office on Monday and immediately vowed to address homelessness and housing, and ask the Legislature to help eliminate the state's tax on food and medication. Green said in his inaugural address that he wanted to get rid of...

Inslee touts new housing program for Spokane's homeless

Dec. 05, 2022 18:36 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was in Spokane Monday to preview the opening of a new housing project for homeless people, calling the Catalyst Project a step toward ending the state's homelessness crisis. The new housing, in a converted hotel, aims to provide...

New LA sheriff vows accountability, integrity for department

Dec. 03, 2022 17:52 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The new head of the nation's largest sheriff's department vowed Saturday to usher in an era of integrity and collaboration after his predecessor's tenure was marked by clashes with other public officials and allegations that ganglike groups of deputies ran amok within the...

To address wealth gap, Wash. to consider $4K ‘baby bonds’

Dec. 03, 2022 10:15 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Jennifer Bereskin dropped out of high school when she was 17. Her family was homeless, and she needed to get a job to buy food and afford bus fare. Couch surfing with friends in Everett, Lynnwood and Seattle, her dreams of college were put aside. “I was merely...

ACLU sues city of Phoenix to stop sweeps of homeless camp

Dec. 01, 2022 15:56 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The ACLU of Arizona says it is suing the city of Phoenix in order to block resumed sweeps of a huge homeless encampment downtown that they say has displaced people and destroyed identification documents, prescription medications and other belongings. The ACLU says it...

Portland, Oregon, approves $27M for new homeless camps

Nov. 30, 2022 15:22 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — City Council members in Portland, Oregon, have voted to allocate $27 million of the city's budget to build a network of designated camping areas for homeless people, approving a fiercely disputed budget measure as the city tries to address its homelessness crisis. ...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

Nov. 30, 2022 07:12 AM EST

Minneapolis Star Tribune. November 25, 2022. Editorial: Big wins for diversity The 2023 Minnesota Legislature will better reflect the state’s population. Though some statewide races were hotly contested, on Nov. 8 Minnesota voters re-elected all...

Mayor says NYC will treat mentally ill, even if they refuse

Nov. 29, 2022 17:12 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s mayor on Tuesday said he was directing police and city medics to be more aggressive about getting severely mentally ill people off the streets and subways and into treatment, even if it means involuntarily hospitalizing some people who refuse care. ...

Fentanyl's scourge plainly visible on streets of Los Angeles

Nov. 28, 2022 18:56 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a filthy alley behind a Los Angeles doughnut shop, Ryan Smith convulsed in the grips of a fentanyl high — lurching from moments of slumber to bouts of violent shivering on a warm summer day. When Brandice Josey, another homeless addict, bent down and blew a...

Burlington's shelter pods for homeless delayed until January

Nov. 23, 2022 10:51 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The opening of 30 shelter pods for homeless residents in Vermont's largest city has been pushed back to January. The shelter pod community in Burlington was expected to open in late November, but an official told the City Council on Monday that the schedule...