Latest Homelessness News

Homeless shelters on the Seacoast are full or near capacity

Dec. 8, 2019 1:45 PM EST

Homeless shelters on the Seacoast are full or near capacity amid some recent wintry weather that advocates say has strained shelters to meet the need. The Cross Roads House in Portsmouth, one of New Hampshire's largest shelters, had 119 residents on Thursday when it's capacity is 96. "We are busy year-round,"...

UCF medical students give free Hep A shots, care to homeless

Dec. 8, 2019 3:00 AM EST

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables at the corner of a church parking lot in downtown Orlando...

Veteran making cross-country walk to raise awareness

Dec. 8, 2019 12:01 AM EST

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — John Ring is walking for a special group of people. Oct. 1, Ring began his trek at the Tybee Island, Ga., Pier, setting out on a 2,462-mile journey to the Santa Monica Pier to call attention to the problems facing America’s veterans. He spent Wednesday (Dec. 4) and Thursday...

Hundreds to sleep out in Times Square to fight homelessness

Dec. 7, 2019 5:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Hundreds of New Yorkers are planning to bed down in Times Square as part of a global effort to fight homelessness. The event Saturday night is one of 50 taking place in cities around the world as part of what organizers call “The World's Big Sleep Out.” Entertainer Will Smith...

Boston awarded $1.8M in federal funding for housing vouchers

Dec. 7, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Boston has been awarded $1.8 million in federal funding to provide homes for residents with disabilities and homeless people. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced the funding for the Boston Housing Authority from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Saturday. It will pay for...

Helping Pocono homeless and needy, one meal at a time

Dec. 7, 2019 3:06 AM EST

STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — On a recent fall day, a homeless man wandered near Ann Street in Stroudsburg. He stopped briefly to dig through a green Dumpster. “We see him every week; he’s one of our customers,” Jeffrey Weber said. By customers, Weber means patrons of the soup kitchen at...

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...

Ex-boyfriend pleads guilty in helpful-homeless-man scam

Dec. 6, 2019 2:25 PM EST

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man pleaded guilty Friday to a state charge stemming from a scheme that raked in more than $400,000 in online donations with a phony story about a homeless man helping a stranded woman. Mark D'Amico pleaded guilty in state Superior Court in Burlington County to...

Reno to step up homeless encampment cleanup efforts

Dec. 5, 2019 2:28 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — City Council members in Reno have agreed to increase efforts to clean waste from homeless encampments despite arguments that it is not a permanent solution, officials said. The Reno City Council has voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a cleanup contract of about $250,000 with Coit...

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...