Latest Poverty News

Judge won't stop Minneapolis homeless encampment sweeps

Oct. 30, 2020 7:49 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an attempt to stop the evictions of homeless people from encampments in Minneapolis parks. Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed a federal lawsuit this month on behalf of seven people who are living, or were living...

Denver groups to remove Trump letter from food-aid boxes

Oct. 29, 2020 11:44 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A coalition of anti-hunger groups in Denver have been removing letters from President Donald Trump from inside federal food assistance boxes that address recipient families. The Denver Community Food Access Coalition said it has not been distributing the letter with its Farmers to Families...

A homeless person's tent stands just outside Grand Park with Los Angeles City Hall in the background, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Los Angeles. Los Angeles is again considering a proposal to greatly restrict where homeless people may camp in public places around Los Angeles - rules that opponents say would criminalize homelessness. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Los Angeles considers new limits on where homeless can camp

Oct. 28, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles is again considering a proposal to greatly restrict where homeless people may camp in public places around the city — rules that opponents say would criminalize homelessness. The City Council on Wednesday spent four hours debating changes to the city’s code...

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell celebrates the end of the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rays reach Series, but face familiar question over new park

Oct. 28, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Blake Snell spent nearly 10 minutes discussing a disappointing end to the World Series before concluding with a message to the rest of the Tampa Bay Rays. “I just hope the guys understand we should not be OK with taking second,” the 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner...

Supporters of restoring Florida felons' voting rights march to an early voting precinct, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition led marches to the polls in dozens of Florida counties. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)

Black men's votes courted as some search for political home

Oct. 28, 2020 1:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — For Phillip Agnew, engaging Black male voters ahead of the general election isn’t just about persuading them to choose former Vice President Joe Biden over incumbent Donald Trump. As an activist and organizer who gained acclaim after leading protests in Florida over the 2012 shooting...

Birdia Williams turns on her ceiling fan onThursday, Oct. 22, 2020, to help cool the house she and her husband John Williams, 23 years ago in Itta Bena, Miss., home a few blocks from what was then a busy downtown. Now, the couple, living on a fix income as retirees, constantly worry on how to budget to compensate for what they believe are high electric bills from the city-run and owned utility. Because of a long standing debt with the wholesale electrical provider, the Municipal Energy Agency of Mississippi, the city is facing complete disconnection on Dec. 1. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Mississippi city may be left in dark over unpaid power bill

Oct. 28, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

ITTA BENA, Miss. (AP) — A decade ago, the sole grocery store in the city of Itta Bena shuttered. The last bank left a few years later, followed by the pharmacy — lifelines for a small, rural community. Now, the lights may go out for all 1,800 residents. Because of long-standing debt with its...

Salt Lake City homeless community prepares for winter

Oct. 27, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A homeless shelter in Salt Lake City has asked the public for help with clothing donations as it prepares for the upcoming winter season in Utah. The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake usually hands out up to 80,000 clothing items ahead of the colder months each year to people living on the...

Trump administration proposes reversal of homeless policy

Oct. 27, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new federal plan to end homelessness released last week by the Trump administration calls for a reversal of Obama-era “housing first” policies. The plan, released Oct. 19, is the first from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness since President Donald Trump...

Inn to become a year-round homeless shelter

Oct. 27, 2020 2:12 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Burlington inn will be converted into year-round temporary housing for the homeless, following the closing of a city shelter that was deemed unsafe during the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Miro Weinberger announced. ANEW Place bought the Champlain Inn on Shelburne Road using $2.5...

Recent Missouri editorials

Oct. 27, 2020 11:49 AM EDT

Jefferson City News Tribune, Oct. 27 We’re pleased to see Gov. Mike Parson has called another special session, this one to determine how to spend federal money available to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. We just wish it would have come sooner. We’re in the thick of a global pandemic that’s hit...