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Portland, Oregon police hire homeless liaison

Aug. 22, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Police Bureau has hired its first-ever liaison officer for working with the city's large homeless community. The agency said Thursday that Stephanie Herro will be the primary contact between the police bureau, homeless advocacy groups, social service agencies and other...

Survey shows homeless population increase in Albuquerque

Aug. 20, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A count of Albuquerque's homeless population conducted on a single night earlier this year shows an increase of at least 200 people. The Albuquerque Journal reported Monday that the Point-In-Time survey counted 1,524 sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in the city on Jan. 28,...

Former foster care youths targeted in college campus plan

Aug. 19, 2019 1:44 PM EDT

BLAIR, Neb. (AP) — A banker who leads a nonprofit wants to transform an old college campus in eastern Nebraska into a place where former foster care youths could live and learn trades. The former Dana College campus in Blair would become a holistic site where foster youths who have aged out of state...

Homeless shelter for women finally opens doors

Aug. 18, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

ROME, Ga. (AP) — With a head full of soft dark curls that matched her soft voice, the shy 22-year-old woman known only as "Lex" already had picked out a single bed for herself in the back corner of one of the renovated rooms in the new homeless shelter for women and children Tuesday (Aug. 6) afternoon....

Apartment building for homeless planned in Des Moines

Aug. 17, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A homeless shelter in downtown Des Moines is building a 24-unit, $4.3 million apartment building made out of shipping containers for the chronically homeless. The Des Moines Register reports that Central Iowa Shelter and Services was recently awarded $2.7 million from the National...

Tennessee city to pilot program to end youth homelessness

Aug. 16, 2019 4:55 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee city of Nashville is piloting a first-in-the-nation program to address homelessness among teenagers and young adults. A Metro Social Services statement says the nonprofit Oasis Center is developing two programs with help from a $3.5 million federal grant. Both programs...

Vermont warming shelter to remain open through the winter

Aug. 12, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont warming shelter will remain open for another year as officials work to find a permanent location. The Northeast Kingdom Human Services will continue to host the St. Johnsbury Area Warming Shelter at a building on their nearby campus. The agency, which partners with...

Kansas homeless shelter plans to cut services in half

Aug. 9, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A homeless shelter in Lawrence says it plans to cut the number of people it serves by nearly half next month as it grapples with financial issues. The Lawrence Community Shelter said Friday in a statement that "funding challenges" led to its decision to reduce capacity from 125 to 65...

Alaska social service groups urge governor to relax veto pen

Aug. 7, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska social service providers gathered Wednesday to urge Gov. Mike Dunleavy to forego vetoes in the latest budget bill but acknowledged that they have no guarantee that the outcome will be different this time around. Dunleavy, a Republican who took office in December, in June...

Wellness barn becomes a place for mothers to heal

Aug. 7, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

GREENLAND, N.H. (AP) — Elizabeth Houston wakes up each day at 5 a.m. First, she drops her daughter off at day care, and then heads to the gym. She's usually at work by 9 a.m. Most may not know Houston lives at a homeless shelter, New Generation, which provides housing and case management for pregnant women...