Latest Social services News

Child of the storm: Homeless baby, family shelter at Walmart

Oct. 18, 2018 1:02 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Their home full of soggy furniture and mosquitoes, Wilmer Capps was desperate to find shelter for his wife and their son Luke, born just three days after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle. So Capps, his wife Lorrainda Smith and little Luke settled in for the longest...

Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

Oct. 14, 2018 3:20 PM EDT

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect Monday in Hungary, but Ferenc Ribeny's biggest concern is the fate of his dog. The revision empowers police to issue warnings to anyone seen living rough. Penalties for homeless people who...

Despite strong laws, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant

Sep. 21, 2018 12:03 AM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Rogeria Cardeal had spent most of the day in a muggy waiting room at the public defenders' office. She wanted to report that a former partner, who had beaten her for years, had violated a restraining order by approaching her and the kids at church. The response was discouraging. "It's...

Nebraska agencies aiding refugees living in squalor

Sep. 20, 2018 2:35 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Social service agencies are scrambling to help up to 500 refugees who may have to find new places to live because of the squalid conditions in their Nebraska apartment complex. Omaha housing inspectors pored over the Yale Park Apartments on Thursday because of nearly 100 complaints filed...

Man caught shaving on train in viral video says don't judge

Sep. 17, 2018 8:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A man who was mocked online after he was recorded shaving at his seat on a commuter train headed out of New York City said he was just trying to clean up after days spent in a homeless shelter. Anthony Torres, 56, told The Associated Press that the people judging him on social media don't...

Court: Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on streets

Sep. 4, 2018 7:22 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cities can't prosecute people for sleeping on the streets if they have nowhere else to go because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, which is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court said Tuesday. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with six homeless people from Boise,...

Amid crisis, San Francisco using data to track homeless

Sep. 1, 2018 3:50 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco is turning to big data to help ease its homeless crisis. The city has been quietly crafting a system to closely track every homeless man, woman and child, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Saturday. The purpose is two-fold: to tailor housing, rehabilitation and other...

'Move, move, move': Racing to save a Rohingya boy in peril

Aug. 23, 2018 9:03 PM EDT

UKHIYA, Bangladesh (AP) — The little boy emerges into view amid a chorus of panicked shouts and the thunder of feet from the horde sweeping past us. He is slumped over the shoulder of a man, his skinny arms flopping around like a marionette's. And though we cannot see his face, we know from his limp body...