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Vermont urged to extend emergency motel housing for homeless

Sep. 20, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

As hundreds of homeless Vermonters are expected to lose access to motel rooms paid for by the state during the pandemic, advocates urged officials on Monday to extend the benefit even longer. In July, the state extended the hotel voucher program 84 days for families with...

Greenville man goes from homeless to helping feed homeless

Sep. 19, 2021 10:44 AM EDT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man who used to be homeless, sometimes going days without a meal and begging for food, is now helping feed homeless people he was once living among. WSPA-TV reports that John “Redd” Martin, of...

Officials: 1 dead, 2 injured, a dozen homeless after fire

Sep. 18, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — One man died and a dozen other people were left homeless by a fire in a southwest Philadelphia apartment building over the weekend, authorities said. Fire crews were called to the complex in the Eastwick neighborhood shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday,...

Mayor wants money to hire retired cops as shootings continue

Sep. 18, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler is calling for more money to rehire officers who have recently retired to address a staffing shortage as homicides have reached the highest level in more than 20 years. Wheeler also called for a citywide expansion of...

Jackson rejects ordinance to restrict panhandling

Sep. 18, 2021 09:24 AM EDT

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — After hearing from critics, including the homeless, officials in a southern Michigan city have rejected an ordinance that would have cracked down on panhandling. The ordinance would have stopped people in Jackson from asking for money by speech or...

$3.4M to help end youth homelessness in New Hampshire

Sep. 18, 2021 08:39 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — New Hampshire is getting more than $3.4 million in federal grants to work on ending youth homelessness. The funding is part of $142 million being awarded nationally by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The department's Youth...

California enacts 2 laws to slice through local zoning rules

Sep. 17, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday approved two measures to slice through local zoning ordinances as the most populous state struggles with soaring home prices, an affordable housing shortage and stubborn homelessness. He signed the most...

California recall could boost Newsom's clout for 2022

Sep. 16, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The recall election that once threatened to derail California Gov. Gavin Newsom's political future has instead given it new life, offering a rare midterm vote of confidence that could fuel an ambitious legislative agenda featuring new coronavirus vaccine mandates,...

Portland approves new homeless shelter to house hundreds

Sep. 15, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The city of Portland has approved a new homeless shelter that will house hundreds and provide job assistance, an on-site health clinic and housing and other services. Supporters said the Riverside Street shelter is an urgent need for Mainers...

5 takeaways after California governor handily defeats recall

Sep. 15, 2021 08:08 AM EDT

California Gov. Gavin Newsom ably fended off a recall attempt from Republicans on Tuesday, changing the stakes of the contest from a referendum on his own performance and into a partisan fight over Trumpism and the coronavirus. Five takeaways from Newsom's victory: ...