Latest Social services News

In Haiti, slight progress for LGBT rights is seen as victory

Aug. 14, 2018 12:29 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Yaisah Val recently came out publicly as a transgender woman on YouTube, a potentially risky move in a country like Haiti where LGBT residents face pervasive hostility in most spheres of public life. Two proposed anti-LGBT laws are pending in Parliament. The major churches are...

Kentucky city launches free bus pass program for homeless

Aug. 13, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky city has launched a pilot program that aims to connect homeless people trying to find employment and housing with transportation resources. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Lexington and Lextran launched UpLIFT, a free bus pass program last week, providing unlimited...

Warren Buffett's son announces $30M Illinois investment

Aug. 9, 2018 9:02 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — The foundation of billionaire investor Warren Buffett's son plans to invest $30 million in a central Illinois campus of facilities to help people with drug addiction and bring together social services. The (Decatur) Herald and Review reports Macon County Sheriff Howard Buffett...

Owner of shop where immigrant girl was found getting threats

Jul. 31, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — The owner of a Florida auto repair shop where federal authorities captured a runaway immigrant girl is receiving death threats from people who mistakenly believe he or his employees alerted police. The Miami Herald says their reporter witnessed 10 such calls within five minutes...

Allegation clouds Bobby Brown's plan for violence shelter

Jul. 30, 2018 10:48 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Singer Bobby Brown plans to build a shelter for domestic violence victims in honor of his late daughter while declining to directly address old allegations that he once hit his ex-wife Whitney Houston. Brown is developing the not-for-profit Bobbi Kristina Brown Serenity House near Atlanta....

Bobby Brown to receive proclamation to honor late daughter

Jul. 25, 2018 2:57 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Singer Bobby Brown will receive a proclamation from a metro-Atlanta city to build a domestic violence shelter in honor of his late daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. City of South Fulton Mayor Bill Edwards and other officials will present Brown and his wife a proclamation on Monday in...

The Latest: Italy wants to pay less to help asylum-seekers

Jul. 23, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on immigration into Europe (all times local): 10 p.m. Italy's hard-line interior minister is taking steps to reduce the amount of money Italy spends on asylum-seekers, decreeing that only some will get expanded social services aimed at helping them integrate. The interior ministry...

Homeless shelter to require, provide Hepatitis A vaccine

Jul. 21, 2018 11:59 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky homeless shelter is going to start requiring that patrons be immunized against Hepatitis A before staying. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that Catholic Action Center co-founder Ginny Ramsey says the shelter will offer free Hepatitis A vaccines for those who don't have...

Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives

Jul. 17, 2018 8:56 PM EDT

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The hill on which the young woman's shelter is being built is so unstable that the earth crumbles under your feet. The threat of landslides is so dire that her neighbors have evacuated. Though living here could spell doom as the monsoon rains fall, she will live here anyway. For...

San Francisco to consider tax on companies to help homeless

Jul. 16, 2018 9:46 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services, an issue that set off a battle in another West Coast city struggling with income inequality. The city elections department verified Monday that supporters had...