Latest Homelessness News

Shelter houses hundreds of families over more than 3 decades

Nov. 17, 2019 9:01 AM EST

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — What started as an outreach ministry to house homeless families is still going strong after 33 years. And the need has only grown since St. John's Shelter in Hagerstown opened in 1987. "I always say we're a hidden little gem," said Carla Charles, president of the shelter board. Bill...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 15, 2019 12:18 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Register Guard, Nov. 10, on homelessness: The fact that a group like Wake Up Eugene exists demonstrates that people’s patience with the homelessness crisis and the city’s response are at a breaking point. This is a compassionate city, but...

Butte homeless shelter takes another step forward

Nov. 15, 2019 11:40 AM EST

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — A rescue mission in Butte is opening a “low-barrier” homeless shelter to take in persons who may be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The Montana Standard reports the Butte-Rescue Mission is opening the shelter Friday at the urging of Silver Bow County officials and...

Evers asks Republicans to release homelessness funding

Nov. 14, 2019 3:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers is asking the Republican leaders of the Legislature’s budget committee to release $3.7 million a year in funding to pay for programs designed to help homeless people. Evers sent a letter Thursday to the committee co-chairs, urging them to make available the...

Police arrest archer suspected of injuring 2 with arrows

Nov. 14, 2019 2:38 PM EST

RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Police have arrested a homeless man suspected of shooting arrows at a homeless encampment in the San Francisco Bay Area, striking two men in the abdomen. The San Francisco Chronicle reports East Bay Regional Parks District police arrested 22-year-old Addae Preciado, of Albany,...

18,000 municipal workers are part of NYC homeless initiative

Nov. 14, 2019 12:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City will direct more than 18,000 municipal employees to give social service workers real-time information about homeless people living on the streets. Workers from the departments of parks, sanitation, buildings, fire and health will be trained to use an app to send details to a...

Richmond creates task force to help prevent evictions

Nov. 14, 2019 4:29 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A task force has been created to come up with ways to help mitigate and prevent evictions in Richmond, Virginia. The group will include affordable housing and social justice advocates, youth and family homelessness specialists, public housing residents and property management...

Florida editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 5:55 PM EST

Recent editorials from Florida newspapers: ___ Nov. 13 The Ledger of Lakeland on funding affordable housing: Various agencies throughout Polk County are working hard to try to fend off the potential for rising homelessness - something all of us should want. One critical, self-evident aspect of preventing problems...

Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

Nov. 13, 2019 5:36 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis. That forecast came Wednesday from Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S....

Some council members in 3 RI host cities contradict mayors

Nov. 13, 2019 11:38 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Council members in three Rhode Island cities say they support a New York City program that has moved homeless families to their communities despite pushback from their mayors. The Providence Journal reports that the Special One-Time Assistance Program allows homeless families from...