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FILE - In this Monday, July 1, 2019, file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street behind Los Angeles City Hall as crews prepared to clean the area. Over three days and nights this week, census takers are going to shelters, soup kitchens, mobile food van stops and other places across the U.S. where homeless people often gather. They will follow that with visits to encampments, under bridges, transit stations and other places where people live outside. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

Census takers head to homeless shelters, outdoor camps

Sep. 22, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Starting this week, census takers are grabbing reflective vests, face masks, bug spray and flashlights and heading out at night in groups of four to track down one of the hardest populations to count in the 2020 census — the homeless. Over three days and nights this week, census...

SC man goes from homeless to hero with Sunday Dinners

Sep. 21, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Redd Martin spent years living on the streets, eating from trash cans, and doing what he could to survive. His life began to change after he met a woman who introduced him to God. Today, he and that woman, now his wife, Cassandra Burgess Martin, are working to make life a little...

New Minneapolis council member gives voice to diverse ward

Sep. 20, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Before he became Minneapolis' newest City Council member, Jamal Osman taught a mental health first aid course designed to help people in crisis. Among his students over 3 1/2 years: police officers. The work gave Osman a unique perspective in a city where many are still clamoring for...

Participants in a demonstration of an alliance for the immediate evacuation of all Greek camps hold protest signs in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept.20, 2020. The alliance of Pro Asyl, the Berlin pier and other groups is calling on the federal government to stop blocking the reception of local and state authorities. (Joerg Carstensen/dpa via AP)

Thousands march in Berlin in support of refugees in Greece

Sep. 20, 2020 10:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of people marched in Berlin on Sunday demanding that the government do more to help migrants stuck in Greece, many of whom have been made homeless since fires ravaged the country's largest refugee camp. The crowd marched through the capital to the landmark Victory Column carrying...

Ashley Cleveland is a volunteer with Outdoor Afro, in Salt Lake City, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. Utah is known for its outdoors culture, but people of color often don't have the same level of access to the state's famous natural features. Cleveland, 32, is an advisory committee member for the state Office of Outdoor Recreation and Utah’s only volunteer leader for Outdoor Afro, a nonprofit that helps Black people meet up and engage with the outdoors. (Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Advocate encourages people of color to explore the outdoors

Sep. 19, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ashley Cleveland was 8 years old, walking through Sequoia National Park, when a park ranger pointed out a banana slug dragging itself across the forest floor. The ranger explained the anatomy and diet of the slug to Cleveland and the group of young campers, and asked if any of them...

Homeless shelter sets up outdoor classroom for resident kids

Sep. 19, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Students living at Loisann’s Hope House — the Fredericksburg-based organization that provides shelter to families experiencing homelessness — get to attend school every day in their own backyard. Resident students typically attend Fredericksburg City Public...

2 test positive for COVID-19 after clean-air shelter stay

Sep. 18, 2020 11:10 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Two people who were staying at King County’s temporary shelter in Seattle to escape the poor air quality from wildfires have tested positive for COVID-19, the county Department of Community and Human Services said Thursday. The county opened the shelter on Sept. 11 to bring people who...

Migrants wait to enter a new temporary refugee camp in Kara Tepe, near Mytilene the capital of the northeastern island of Lesbos, Greece, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Greek police are moving hundreds of migrants to an army-built camp on the island of Lesbos Thursday after a fire destroyed an overcrowded facility, leaving them homeless for days. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

Greek minister: 5,000 move into new refugee camp on Lesbos

Sep. 17, 2020 1:12 PM EDT

KARA TEPE, Greece (AP) — More than 5,000 asylum seekers left homeless after Greece's notoriously overcrowded Moria camp on the island of Lesbos burnt down have now been housed in a new facility, the country's migration minister said Thursday afternoon. Speaking on the island, Notis Mitarachi said rapid...

Indianapolis City Council passes CARES Act allocations

Sep. 16, 2020 9:25 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis City Council has passed $76 million in federal CARES Act COVID-19 Relief allocations. It's the third and final application of the funding and extends existing programs formed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Mayor Joe Hogsett’s office said Wednesday. It...

A five-story apartment complex that was to provide housing for low-income veterans is ravaged by fire early Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 in East Los Angeles, just months before it was scheduled to open. Some 150 Los Angeles County firefighters were dispatched to the blaze before dawn. The first to arrive around 1 a.m. found it fully engulfed in flames. The cause was not immediately known. (AP Photo/Rick McClure)

Fire destroys apartments being built for low-income veterans

Sep. 16, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Leonardo Cuadrado saw a raging fire tearing through an East Los Angeles neighborhood in the distance, his first thought was hoping no one had been hurt. Soon afterward, hope turned to heartbreak as Cuadrado learned the five-story structure going up in flames before dawn Wednesday...