Latest Homelessness News

Judge throws out Chicago ballot measure that would fund services for homeless people

Feb. 23, 2024 18:02 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge has rejected a Chicago ballot measure that would have raised a one-time tax on luxury properties to fund services for homeless people after objections from real estate and business groups. The ruling Friday by Judge Kathleen Burke came as early...

Some worry California proposition to tackle homelessness would worsen the problem

Feb. 14, 2024 19:52 PM EST

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is urging voters to approve a ballot initiative that he says is needed to tackle the state's homelessness crisis, a change social providers say would threaten programs that keep people from becoming homeless in the first place. ...

Kentucky lawmakers dine with homeless people as they consider creating unlawful camping offense

Feb. 07, 2024 17:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky lawmakers weighing a bill to make sleeping on a sidewalk or under a bridge illegal shared a meal of fried chicken and green beans Wednesday with people who could be most affected by the legislation. The luncheon in the Capitol Annex gave lawmakers a...

After GOP walkout, Oregon lawmakers reconvene to focus on housing and drugs

Feb. 05, 2024 17:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers began a new legislative session Monday, hoping to turn a fresh page after a record-long Republican walkout last year ground the Capitol to a halt for six weeks and disqualified 10 GOP state senators from reelection. All Republican senators were...

New California Senate leader says his priorities are climate change, homelessness and opioid crises

Feb. 03, 2024 00:44 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When California Sen. Mike McGuire takes over as leader of the state Senate on Monday, it will be the first time in decades that the state’s top two legislative leaders aren’t from a major urban center. But McGuire says the issues that most afflict...

Kentucky House passes crime bill with tougher sentences, including three-strikes penalty

Jan. 25, 2024 19:10 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House passed sweeping criminal justice legislation on Thursday that would impose tougher sentences, including a “three-strikes” penalty to lock up felons for the rest of their lives after committing a third violent offense. The legislation —...

Annual count of homeless residents begins in Los Angeles, where tens of thousands live on streets

Jan. 24, 2024 04:14 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County’s annual count of homeless residents began Tuesday night — a crucial part of the region’s efforts to confront the crisis of tens of thousands of people living on the streets. Up to 6,000 volunteers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services...

New Mexico Legislature confronts gun violence, braces for future with less oil wealth

Jan. 10, 2024 16:20 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Legislature convenes Tuesday for a rapid-fire 30-day session amid a multibillion-dollar financial surplus and concerns about violent crime, homelessness and childhood wellbeing in an election year for House and Senate legislators. Lawmakers are...

Starting his final year in office, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee stresses he isn't finished yet

Jan. 09, 2024 19:22 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Addressing the Legislature at the start of his final year in office, Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee returned to one of his top priorities and the issue that defined his brief presidential bid: climate change. “We know that climate change is hurting us now,...

A judge has found Ohio's new election law constitutional, including a strict photo ID requirement

Jan. 09, 2024 16:11 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal judge has upheld as constitutional provisions of the sweeping election law that Ohio put in place last year, rejecting a Democratic law firm's challenge to strict new photo ID requirements, drop box restrictions and tightened deadlines related to absentee and...