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Massachusetts bill would boost spending on emergency housing

Jan. 30, 2023 19:31 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey unveiled a $282 million supplemental spending plan Monday that includes $85 million to help pay for the state's emergency assistance program and other services for eligible families in need of shelter. The state's shelter system is at...

Annual count of homeless residents begins in Los Angeles

Jan. 25, 2023 02:40 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 get tens of thousands of unhoused people off the streets. Up to 6,000 clipboard-toting volunteers with the Los Angeles Homeless Services...

Oregon lawmakers show signs of bipartisan harmony — for now

Jan. 17, 2023 20:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers in both the Democratic and Republican parties named housing, homelessness and mental health as top priorities on Tuesday as they began the 2023 legislative session on a note of relative bipartisan good will. Whether that lasts, or dissolves into...

For some without a home, airport is source of shelter

Jan. 14, 2023 10:11 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The homelessness crisis in Seattle is often highly visible, with many people living in camps, tents, and RVs. But there are those who are trying to stay invisible, often hiding in the jam of travel at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Port of Seattle told...

Housing, mental health: Oregon lawmakers face linked crises

Jan. 13, 2023 17:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will take up a full slate of legislation on pressing and polarizing issues from homelessness to gun control to drugs when the legislative session starts next week after midterm elections that cost Democrats their supermajority but swept in a new, progressive...

'A man-made disaster': Oregon's new governor tackles housing

Jan. 10, 2023 23:19 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's newly sworn-in Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek signed three executive orders intended to combat homelessness on her first full day in office Tuesday, a sign of how critical the shortage of affordable housing has become in the state and across the nation. The...

California budget: More for homelessness, less for climate

Jan. 10, 2023 19:33 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday proposed a $297 billion budget, prioritizing money to address homelessness and education while cutting some climate spending amid a projected $22.5 billion budget deficit. The proposed budget, which would take effect...

Birmingham OKs plan to offer tiny shelters to the homeless

Jan. 10, 2023 15:44 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Tiny shelters for the homeless were approved Tuesday by the Birmingham City Council. The city plans to use up to $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grants to fund the program, along with support from non-profit organizations and corporate...

Oregon's new governor sworn in, declares homeless emergency

Jan. 09, 2023 19:35 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's newly sworn-in Democratic Gov. Tina Kotek said Monday at her inauguration that her first order of business will be tackling homelessness, as she unveiled several measures intended to address one of the state's most pressing issues. In her inaugural...

2nd Term: California's Newsom draws "battle lines" with GOP

Jan. 06, 2023 19:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom may be fresh off a campaign victory, but on Friday he talked like a politician ready for a fight as he held up his state as a beacon of freedom amid what he called a “rising tide of oppression" in Republican-led states. ...