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Boston declares addiction, homelessness emergency

Oct. 19, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston declared addiction and homelessness a public health emergency on Tuesday, a move that will help the city clear a sprawling homeless camp at the epicenter of the city’s opioid crisis. Officials said they will get those dependent on opioids into...

Burlington homeless site gets another week until closure

Oct. 19, 2021 09:29 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The city of Burlington is giving residents of a homeless encampment another week to stay there before it will closed, said Mayor Miro Weinberger. The extra time will give social workers more time to help the residents of the Sears Lane encampment...

Emergency motel housing for homeless extended to Dec. 31

Oct. 18, 2021 18:53 PM EDT

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday extended emergency motel housing for some of the homeless population through the end of the year and urged the Legislature to fully fund his $249 million housing recovery plan that he says includes historic funding for permanent housing for the homeless. ...

Seattle parents get kids to school amid suspended bus routes

Oct. 18, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of Seattle families scrambled to get children to and from school Monday after Seattle Public Schools suspended 142 bus routes. School officials said the cutbacks announced Friday are necessary because of a national bus driver shortage and...

Illinois shelter partners with health groups to build trust

Oct. 17, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ahead of colder weather, when shelter becomes more of a necessity, Helping Hands of Springfield is partnering with healthcare organizations to build trust with local residents experiencing homelessness. The shelter, which has a capacity of 71...

Ground broken on N. Carolina tiny home village for homeless

Oct. 16, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Rain throughout the morning on Oct. 9 didn’t stop a group of about 100 people from gathering to volunteer and celebrate the groundbreaking for a new community coming to Wilmington — a tiny home village serving chronically homeless people. ...

Seattle schools suspending over 100 bus routes

Oct. 15, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Public Schools is suspending 142 school bus routes beginning Monday. District officials said the cuts are necessary because of a national bus driver shortage and because some drivers are choosing not to follow the state-mandated COVID-19 vaccine...

Homelessness advocates vow Statehouse campout to push aid

Oct. 15, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of housing advocates are promising to camp outside the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier until the state does more to help homeless people, one of the advocates said Friday. Brenda Siegel, of Newfane, and others want the expanded...

Homelessness, police, Amazon top Seattle mayoral debate

Oct. 14, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The two candidates for Seattle mayor agreed Thursday that tackling an ongoing homelessness crisis was the top issue facing the the Northwest's largest city, but they differed sharply about how to pay for that. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell also...

Homeless man set on fire while asleep in San Francisco dies

Oct. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A homeless man died of his injuries after being set on fire while in a sleeping bag in a San Francisco street, police said. The 43-year-old man told investigators he was asleep Friday in the Mission District when he woke up to find his sleeping bag...