Latest Homeless shelters News

Defund police efforts target Seattle encampment enforcement

Aug. 6, 2020 10:23 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to dismantle a team of police and outreach workers tasked with relocating homeless people to shelter before removing their encampments. The council decided Wednesday in a 5-4 vote to strip funding away from the Seattle Navigation Team and redirect the money...

Portland, Maine, mayor meets with homeless protesters

Jul. 30, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The mayor of Portland, Maine met with homeless protesters who have been camped outside City Hall for a week demanding the immediate improvement of services. Mayor Kate Snyder listened to the testimonies of people at the encampment, many of whom are teenagers and have been homeless...

Medical clinic to serve homeless people in Grand Rapids area

Jul. 26, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Six organizations in the Grand Rapids area are teaming up to provide free medical services for homeless people. They will operate a clinic at the downtown location of Mel Trotter Ministries, one of the participants. The others are Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof...

Branson tries to find affordable housing for the homeless

Jul. 24, 2020 9:10 AM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — It was a windy day in early June, and Cecelia Dardnella McGrath had spent much of the morning crying. She woke that day to police ordering her to pack up her belongings and leave the wooded area where she’d camped for more than three months. It was private property, and the owner...

New Orleans could get 1st transgender homeless refuge in US

Jul. 19, 2020 9:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans could soon be home to the nation’s first refuge for homeless transgender and gender-nonconforming people. The House of Tulip has put in a bid on some rundown properties which they hope to renovate for their sanctuary, founders Mariah Moore and Milan Nicole Sherry told...

Omaha homeless shelter sees 90 in isolation to battle virus

Jul. 16, 2020 10:19 AM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — About 90 people staying at an Omaha homeless shelter have been put in isolation after another guest there tested positive for the coronavirus, according to officials with the Siena Francis House. The shelter north of downtown Omaha made the move after becoming aware of the positive case...

Report: Anchorage needs new housing, beds to serve homeless

Jul. 15, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage should provide about 3,000 new housing units and shelter beds to meet the growing needs of the city's homeless residents, a new report said. The level of aid needed by people experiencing homelessness is expected to rise in the coming months as the coronavirus pandemic...

A rooftop patio outdoor space is shown at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. The shelter marks a major civic contribution bestowed by Amazon to the hometown it has rapidly transformed. But the facility also serves as a stark display of haves-and-have-nots, given that some blame Amazon's explosive growth over the past decade for making living in Seattle too costly for a growing number of people. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism

Jul. 10, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed. Believed to be the first homeless shelter built inside a corporate office...

Emilyanne Wade, 12, left, looks on as Tricia Nora, a pediatric nurse practitioner, examines Sophia, Wade's baby doll, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in a medical clinic at Mary's Place, a family homeless shelter located inside an Amazon corporate building on the tech giant's Seattle campus. The facility is home to the Popsicle Place shelter program, an initiative to address the needs of homeless children with life-threatening health conditions. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amazon homeless shelter boosts unique program for sick kids

Jul. 4, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — After becoming homeless, Connie Wade realized she'd be missing something critical to care for her daughter. She and 12-year-old Emilyanne couldn't camp in a car or on the streets because they need to plug in a machine that helps the girl breathe easier. Emilyanne has Down syndrome and her...

California's budget has billions in cuts to close deficit

Jun. 29, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $202.1 billion budget on Monday, reflecting an economy and tax revenues hobbled by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget contains billions of dollars in cuts to state worker salaries, the court system and public colleges and...