Latest Homelessness News

Wichita police offer reward in case of homeless man killed

Feb. 22, 2020 2:35 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita are now offering a reward for information in the case of a homeless man who was found beaten to death. The body of Bernard Woodard, 59, was found under a Wichita bridge on Feb. 10, and police still have no suspects in the killing. The Wichita Police Department is now...

Report: Affordable housing crisis in Rhode Island

Feb. 21, 2020 3:36 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new report has found that a lack of affordable housing in Rhode Island is causing statewide issues. The Commission of Health Advocacy and Equity report illustrates that there are no communities with sufficient low- to moderate-income housing units, WPRI-TV reported Thursday....

In this Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 photo, Jessica Weston, of the Weston Kewpees, prepares food for the burger bash competition at the Miami Rescue Mission in Miami. From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, the biggest names in the culinary world are in Miami starting Thursday for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. And they're getting help in their prep kitchen from an unlikely source, a local homeless shelter. The festival partnered with the Miami Rescue Mission and Florida International University's culinary school. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Florida homeless group helps top chefs prep food festival

Feb. 21, 2020 1:07 PM EST

MIAMI BEACH (AP) — From Rachael Ray to Bobby Flay, celebrity chefs are in town this weekend for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where fine-palated foodies might not know that some of their dishes have been prepared at one of Florida's largest homeless shelters. Some of the biggest names in the...

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib bangs the gavel as he presides as President of the Senate, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day, as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Homeless measures, carbon cap alive, most gun measures fail

Feb. 20, 2020 9:32 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are more than halfway through their 60-day legislative session, clearing a key deadline for policy bills and receiving good news on the revenue front ahead of the release of the House and Senate's supplemental budget proposals. A revenue forecast Wednesday showed...

Man pleads guilty to petition fraud involving LA's Skid Row

Feb. 20, 2020 9:29 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County prosecutors say a man has pleaded guilty for participating in a scheme to offer money and cigarettes to homeless people on Skid Row in exchange for false and forged signatures on ballot petitions and voter registration forms. Norman Hall, 62, entered his plea...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address to a joint session of the legislature at the Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California governor makes homelessness top issue in 2020

Feb. 19, 2020 10:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Tossing aside tradition, California's governor on Wednesday devoted his biggest platform to a single issue: solving a homelessness crisis that has overwhelmed the nation's most populous state in an era of unprecedented prosperity. Governorstypically use their annual “State...

California governor seeks to expand involuntary treatment

Feb. 19, 2020 9:01 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to make it easier for the government to force psychiatric treatment for people with mental illness and expand statewide a still-developing test program that allows officials to more easily take control over those deemed unable to care for themselves. In a...

Seattle City Council OKs more tent cities, tiny houses

Feb. 19, 2020 10:29 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle City Council has voted to allow the creation of up to 40 tent cities, tiny house villages, or parking lots where people living in their cars can camp — a sharp increase from the number the city currently allows. The Seattle Times reports the ordinance approved Tuesday...

Delaware State Police: 4 found dead in tent at homeless camp

Feb. 19, 2020 7:49 AM EST

STANTON, Del. (AP) — Four people were found dead at a homeless camp in Delaware on Tuesday, possibly from carbon monoxide poisoning linked to a heater discovered inside their tent, according to a family member and authorities. An autopsy will determine the four adults' causes of death, but no foul play was...

FILE - In this July 1, 2019 file photo, a homeless man moves his belongings from a street near Los Angeles City Hall, background, as crews prepared to clean the area. Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday, Feb.18, 2020 announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government's response to natural disasters. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

LA adopts new 'war room' strategy for tackling homelessness

Feb. 18, 2020 8:11 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles city and county officials on Tuesday announced a new strategy to speed the process of getting homeless people into permanent housing that is modeled on the federal government’s response to natural disasters. The creation of a “Housing Central Command”...