Latest Homelessness News

Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 11:23 AM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The president of the Oakland City Council in the San Francisco Bay Area is proposing bringing a cruise ship to the city's port to house up to 1,000 homeless people. Rebecca Kaplan told a city council meeting Tuesday she has been contacted by cruise ship companies about providing a...

Italy urges donor conference for quake-struck Albania

Dec. 11, 2019 11:17 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Italy's foreign minister on Wednesday urged an international donors' conference to raise funds for Albania following last month's earthquake that flattened buildings and killed 51 people. Luigi di Maio also pledged further aid from Italy, saying Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte...

Salem OKs warming shelters for homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council has agreed to spend up to $213,000 to open 140 warming shelter beds at two local churches. Warming shelter openings currently are driven by freezing temperatures. But under a proposed deal between the city, nonprofit and church representatives, the two shelters...

Portland-area residents may vote on funding for homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 2:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Multnomah County commissioners have agreed to cuts across departments to ensure that they can send money to the Joint Office of Homeless Services, which coordinates housing assistance, outreach and other needs for struggling people. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Mayor Ted...

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

California feud with Trump could impact budget surplus

Dec. 9, 2019 8:29 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is preparing for a much smaller budget surplus next year because of its ongoing feud with the Trump administration, one of the state's chief budget writers said Monday. California is projected to have a $7 billion surplus, with $3 billion of it available to spend on...

Hundreds of homeless people get shoes at annual boot drive

Dec. 9, 2019 5:07 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — For Shavontia Davis, Saturday was Christmas. Davis, with her three young children in tow, entered the lobby of the University of Connecticut’s Hartford campus as if it were Santa’s workshop. There were hundreds of boxes of shoes piled 6 feet high. There were hundreds of...

Nonprofit plans 50-bed homeless shelter in Scranton

Dec. 9, 2019 11:35 AM EST

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania nonprofit is proposing to open a 50—bed homeless shelter in Scranton. The Keystone Mission is seeking the city's permission to open an overnight shelter with a day center and support services. The zoning board will hear the matter on Wednesday. The group currently...

Homeless shelters on the Seacoast are full or near capacity

Dec. 8, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Homeless shelters on the Seacoast are full or near capacity amid some recent wintry weather that advocates say has strained shelters to meet the need. The Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, one of New Hampshire's largest shelters, had 119 residents on Thursday when it's capacity is 96. "We are busy year-round,"...

UCF medical students give free Hep A shots, care to homeless

Dec. 8, 2019 3:00 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables at the corner of a church parking lot in downtown Orlando...