Latest Homeless shelters News

Group helps Vietnam vet find new life on the Coast

Dec. 7, 2019 12:01 AM EST

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — His mobile home was rotting around him and Johnny C. Owens had no money for repairs. The Vietnam veteran had been living alone for eight years in the woods of South Alabama. Although he was no longer drinking, his old enemy depression had beaten him down. Suicide seemed like the only...

Salem homeless camp to get portable toilets

Dec. 5, 2019 1:27 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The City of Salem is paying to put six portable toilets and hand-washing stations at a homeless encampment near the ARCHES Project, a downtown social services provider. The Statesman-Journal reports that Salem was on the verge of declaring the encampment of dozens of tents a public...

Homeless shelters over capacity as cold weather kicks in

Dec. 4, 2019 9:38 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The homeless shelters in New Hampshire's Seacoast region passed capacity long before the recent snow and cold temperatures came in. The Portsmouth Herald reported that some shelters in the region have an eight-month to two-year wait for income-based housing while others are...

California governor blames Trump for delayed homeless aid

Dec. 4, 2019 8:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration for withholding data needed to release $650 million in state aid to combat homelessness. California's cities and counties have been waiting since June for the money approved by the Legislature. But state law says...

With ingenuity, man makes Boulder City mine shaft his castle

Nov. 29, 2019 3:21 PM EST

BOULDER CITY, Nev. (AP) — Richard Roman lives by few rules. But one he made up himself: When you’re in hell, move a few ZIP codes away and make your own heaven. Roman’s heaven is a surprisingly cozy encampment in an abandoned mine shaft above Boulder City, just 26 miles southeast of glitzy...

Neighbors oppose expansion of Madison homeless shelter

Nov. 28, 2019 10:52 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A group of neighbors in Madison is appealing a city board’s decision to approve expansion of a homeless shelter and allow the development of low-cost housing on the city’s east side. The State Journal reports that the Madison Plan Commission earlier this month gave the...

Editorials from around Oregon

Nov. 27, 2019 4:25 PM EST

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Nov. 24, on Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland’s impeachment inquiry testimony: Perhaps it’s a sign of our strange political times that Portland hotelier Gordon Sondland, a frequent Republican donor and President Donald...

Report: Homelessness remains prevalent in Sioux Falls area

Nov. 26, 2019 3:55 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Homelessness remains more prevalent in Sioux Falls than other similarly sized cities, despite the area’s decadelong effort to eradicate it, according to a new report. In 2005, Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County officials set out to eradicate homelessness by 2015 with the...

Lenexa church sues city for blocking homeless shelter

Nov. 26, 2019 11:48 AM EST

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — A Lenexa church is suing the city for denying its request to use its building as a temporary homeless shelter. KCUR reports that the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church alleges the denial infringes on its exercise of religion. Its lawsuit contends charity and service are...

1 resigns, another terminated after nonprofit investigation

Nov. 25, 2019 12:44 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — One employee of a Springfield nonprofit that helps the homeless find housing has resigned and another was terminated after a state investigation. The Springfield News-Leader reports that the Missouri Housing Development Commission investigation of The Kitchen Inc. found that it...