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New Mexico city finalizes purchase for homeless center

Apr. 10, 2021 10:14 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The deal is finally done. Now, officials say, the real work begins. Albuquerque officials recently gathered with county and state leaders to commemorate the city’s latest major purchase: a onetime southeast Albuquerque...

People living outside struggle to get on housing list

Apr. 10, 2021 09:46 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — On a cold and drizzling afternoon, Shawn Murphy carried a heavy, gray tarp to his tent. His is one of the larger tents among a small group on a stretch of grass in South Lake Union, pressed right next to the constant hum of Aurora traffic in Seattle. At...

Man sentenced for poisoning 8 California homeless people

Apr. 09, 2021 22:08 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A man who poisoned eight homeless people in a Southern California beach town so he could videotape their reactions was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison. William Cable, 38, of San Andreas in Northern California, was sentenced...

Disparities in vaccine allocation prompt equity initiatives

Apr. 09, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Statewide disparities in COVID-19 vaccinations expose barriers that underserved populations face in avoiding life-threatening infection. Maryland’s early vaccination rollout shows a pattern of racial disparity mostly among Black and Latino residents. Healthcare...

Kansas City to temporarily house homeless people in hotels

Apr. 09, 2021 11:49 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Local officials agreed Thursday to provide temporary housing in hotel rooms for the homeless population in Kansas City, Missouri, following a months-long encampment on the lawn of City Hall. The measure to provide hotel rooms for up to 500 people...

Kim compares North Korea's economic woes to 1990s famine

Apr. 09, 2021 06:20 AM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has called for waging another “arduous march” to fight severe economic difficulties, for the first time comparing them to a 1990s famine that killed hundreds of thousands. Kim had previously said his country...

EXPLAINER: Is the US border with Mexico in crisis?

Apr. 08, 2021 13:01 PM EDT

Nearly 19,000 children traveling alone were stopped at the Mexican border in March, smashing previous highs set during periods of heavy child migration in 2014 and 2019. Is it a crisis? Spin and semantics aside, migration to the U.S. from Mexico is...

Tiny houses for homeless veterans planned for Sioux Falls

Apr. 07, 2021 22:14 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A national organization that builds tiny houses for homeless veterans has plans to bring a project to Sioux Falls. The Veterans Community Project has asked that about 2 acres of land near Axtell Middle School be rezoned for the project which...

Fire, propane tank explosions destroy Eugene homeless camp

Apr. 07, 2021 22:12 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a homeless camp caught fire underneath a bridge in Eugene early Wednesday, leading multiple propane tanks to explode and destroy the tents and possessions of people living there. Noelle Wade, who had been staying there for three...

New California homeless database aims to help policymakers

Apr. 07, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A new California data warehouse system unveiled Wednesday should help policymakers better understand and address the issue of homelessness in a state that has the most unhoused people in the country, officials said. This is the first time the...