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A rooftop patio outdoor space is shown at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The shelter marks a major civic contribution bestowed by Amazon to the hometown it has rapidly transformed. But the facility also serves as a stark display of haves-and-have-nots, given that some blame Amazon's explosive growth over the past decade for making living in Seattle too costly for a growing number of people. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism

Jul. 10, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed. Believed to be the first homeless shelter built inside a corporate office...

Emilyanne Wade, 12, left, looks on as Tricia Nora, a pediatric nurse practitioner, examines Sophia, Wade's baby doll, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in a medical clinic at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus. The facility is home to the Popsicle Place shelter program, an initiative to address the needs of homeless children with life-threatening health conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

Jul. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn't camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her...

FILE - In this April 8, 2019 file photo, migrants mainly from Sudan, Chad, and afghanistan, gather in a makeshift camp in Paris. The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday July 2 2020 that France violated three the rights of three asylum seekers who lived for months in the street with no means to fill essential needs such as food, housing and health care.(AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)

A European court backs 3 migrants, rules against France

Jul. 2, 2020 7:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Thursday that France violated the rights of three asylum-seekers who lived for months on the streets with no means to meet basic needs such as food, housing and health care. The court considered that the three migrants — an Afghan, a Russian,...

In this March 3, 2020 photo released by the University of Maryland via the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, Washington, D.C., officials confer under a railroad overpass on L Street NE, about eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol, before garbage trucks and front loaders remove the homeless encampment there. (Susannah Outhier/University of Maryland via AP)

Cities try to arrest their way out of homeless problems

Jun. 29, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AP) — In the nine years he has been homeless, Kenneth Shultz has spent one of every three nights in jail. The 71-year-old retiree has been charged with trespassing 96 times, including after he fell asleep behind gas stations, outside office buildings and in a city park. His 1,034...

3 die in New Mexico from drinking hand sanitizer

Jun. 26, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Three people have died, three others are in critical condition and one person is permanently blind after apparently drinking hand sanitizer that contained methanol, New Mexico health officials said Friday. The state Department of Health said the cases were reported to the New Mexico...

Police make arrest in killings of 3 Atlanta homeless people

Jun. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A 29-year-old man was arrested Friday morning in connection with the killings of three homeless people in Atlanta, according to police. Authorities took David Lee into custody in nearby Gwinnett County, according to a statement from Atlanta Police spokesman Officer Steve Avery. Lee was...

FILE - This May 21, 2020 file photo shows a homeless encampment at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and Beaudry Avenue along the 110 Freeway during the coronavirus outbreak. in downtown Los Angeles. A judge has approved an agreement in which the city and county of Los Angeles will provide housing for almost 7,000 homeless people who live near freeways. Officials said Thursday, June 18, 2020 the city will provide 6,000 new beds within 10 months and another 700 beds over 18 months. Meanwhile the county will spend $300 million over five years to fund services for the people. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Judge OKs housing for 7,000 LA homeless living near freeways

Jun. 18, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has approved an agreement in which the city and county of Los Angeles will provide housing for almost 7,000 homeless people who live near freeways and those over 65 or vulnerable to COVID-19, officials said Thursday. The city will provide 6,000 new beds within 10 months...

Proposal would use social workers, not LAPD, for some calls

Jun. 16, 2020 10:15 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Unarmed social workers instead of police would respond to nonviolent calls for service under a proposal Tuesday from several City Council members following nationwide calls for law enforcement reforms in the wake of George Floyd's killing. A motion signed by six of the council's 15...

Atlanta mayor: Shootings of 3 homeless people appear linked

Jun. 15, 2020 8:56 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Authorities said they are investigating the fatal shootings of three homeless people in Atlanta and that they believe the shootings are connected. A woman was shot and killed Monday morning near a downtown intersection, news outlets reported. Atlanta police spokeswoman Capt. D’Andrea...

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Tenants behind on rent in pandemic face harassment, eviction

Jun. 14, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Jeremy Rooks works the evening shift at a Georgia fast-food restaurant these days to avoid being on the street past dusk. He needs somewhere to go at night: He and his wife are homeless after the extended-stay motel where they had lived since Thanksgiving evicted them in April when they...