Latest Homelessness News

New Mexico Democrats mostly rebuff calls from Democratic governor to address high crime rates

Jul. 18, 2024 22:07 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats in the state legislative majority on Thursday resisted calls by New Mexico's governor for immediate action to address the “dangerous intersection” of crime and homelessness, shunning her proposals to enhance criminal penalties, restrict panhandling and expand...

Schools receive third — and potentially final — round of federal funding for homeless students

Jul. 15, 2024 13:07 PM EDT

From the start of the 2023-24 school year to its conclusion, the number of students experiencing homelessness in Kalispell’s public school system jumped from 293 to 365. Assistant Superintendent Sara Cole said the increase reflects a growing trend in her district, one driven primarily by the...

Can California’s health care providers help solve the state’s homelessness crisis?

Jul. 11, 2024 13:47 PM EDT

When a shortfall of several hundred thousand dollars almost derailed new homeless housing in Bakersfield, the savior that swooped in to salvage the project wasn’t an affordable housing nonprofit, state housing grant or other traditional source. Instead, it was a health care company...

Chileans confront a homelessness crisis, a first for one of South America's richest countries

Jul. 11, 2024 12:02 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The presidential residence of Gabriel Boric, the leftist millennial leader of Chile elected three years ago in the wake of public unrest over income inequality, shares a street in downtown Santiago with an overwhelmed homeless shelter. The sight of cardboard...

Tiny homes, built largely with philanthropic support, offer more patch than solution to homelessness

Jul. 10, 2024 13:54 PM EDT

In response to a nationwide crisis that has left more than 650,000 people without housing, 100 tiny home villages for the homeless have opened in the United States over the past five years. That growth, from just 34 in 2019 to 123 today, represents a quadrupling, according to data...

Under the Boardwalk officials vow to address homelessness in Atlantic City

Jul. 01, 2024 16:17 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — In a place with a long history of people living — and sometimes dying — under the Boardwalk, Atlantic City has launched an effort to address homelessness by preventing people from sleeping on public property and connecting them with shelter and services. ...

8 homeless moms in San Francisco struggled for help. Now, they're learning to advocate for others

Jun. 29, 2024 01:11 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They know chronic back pain from couch surfing while pregnant. They tuck their children in at bedtime in the backs of cars and under bridges. Once their kids are asleep, and only then, do they let themselves cry. Since January, a group of eight San Francisco...

Some cities facing homelessness crisis applaud Supreme Court decision, while others push back

Jun. 28, 2024 19:43 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing cities to enforce bans on sleeping outside in public spaces will allow San Francisco to begin clearing homeless encampments that have plagued the city, the mayor said Friday as she applauded the ruling. The case is the...

Divided Supreme Court rules in major homelessness case that outdoor sleeping bans are OK

Jun. 28, 2024 16:07 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court cleared the way for cities to enforce bans on homeless people sleeping outside in public places on Friday, overturning a ruling from a California-based appeals court that found such laws amount to cruel and unusual punishment when shelter space is lacking. ...

Number of homeless residents in Los Angeles County decreases in annual count

Jun. 28, 2024 15:48 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The number of homeless residents counted in Los Angeles County has dipped slightly, decreasing by about 0.3% since last year as California continues to struggle with the long-running crisis of tens of thousands of people sleeping in cars and encampments. Results...