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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,...

Attack by homeless man leaves victim in critical condition

Jul. 1, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Authorities say a Delaware man has been hospitalized in critical condition after being attacked by a homeless man armed with a hammer. Police say the attack occurred Tuesday evening in downtown Dover after an argument between the 57-year-old victim and 39-year-old Jerrin Rountree....

Denver mayor backs measures for homeless camps and funding

Jul. 1, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Denver's mayor on Wednesday announced support for temporary campsites and the creation of a dedicated funding source for the city’s homeless population. Mayor Michael Hancock said he has directed city agencies to focus efforts on guiding people living in neighborhood encampments to...

Bill would give Hawaii land for temporary homeless camps

Jul. 1, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — A Hawaii legislative committee has approved a bill to allow state land to be used for emergency homeless camps during the coronavirus pandemic. The bill passed by House Finance Committee members Monday would allow month-to-month revocable permits to be used for temporary shelters...

Program would give restaurants virus funds to feed homeless

Jun. 30, 2020 9:50 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposed project in Alaska’s capital city would use federal coronavirus funds to help restaurants feed residents experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. The Juneau Cares Act program administered by the United Way of Southeast Alaska would pay up to $1 million to...

California's budget has billions in cuts to close deficit

Jun. 29, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $202.1 billion budget on Monday, reflecting an economy and tax revenues hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget contains billions of dollars in cuts to state worker salaries, the court system and public colleges and...

FILE - In this Thursday, May 14, 2020, file photo California Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his revised 2020-2021 state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Newsom signed a $202.1 billion state budget Monday, June 29, in Sacramento, Calif. The budget closes an estimated $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of spending cuts, internal borrowing and temporary tax increases on businesses. Like most states, California's deficit was driven by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

California governor OKs budget closing $54.3 billion deficit

Jun. 29, 2020 11:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a budget on Monday that closes an estimated $54.3 billion deficit by temporarily raising taxes on businesses, delaying payments to public schools and cutting billions of dollars in spending on state services and worker salaries. The $202.1...

Nonprofit group opens $1.2M Detroit-area child care center

Jun. 29, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A nonprofit organization that focuses on fighting addiction and homelessness in suburban Detroit has built a new $1.2 million child care center for families in need, officials announced Monday. Grace Centers of Hope, a nonprofit Christian organization, said in a news release that the...

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...