Latest Homelessness News

Micro communities for the homeless sprout in US cities eager for small, quick and cheap solutions

Jun. 14, 2024 09:30 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — In a dreary part of downtown Atlanta, shipping containers have been transformed into an oasis for dozens of previously unsheltered people who now proudly call a former parking lot home. The gated micro community known as “The Melody” doesn't look like a parking...

New Orleans plans to spiff up as host of next year's Super Bowl

Jun. 04, 2024 17:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans hosts its 11th Super Bowl next year and the preparations involve showcasing the city's heralded architecture, music, food and celebratory culture while addressing its myriad challenges, including crime, pockets of homelessness and an antiquated drainage system. ...

Alaska mayor who wanted to give the homeless a one-way ticket out of Anchorage concedes election

May. 23, 2024 17:22 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage Mayor Dave Bronson, who wanted to give the homeless one-way plane tickets out of Alaska’s largest city, has lost his bid for re-election. Bronson on Thursday conceded this month's runoff election to his challenger, Suzanne LaFrance. ...

Tough-on-crime challenger leading in race for district attorney in Portland, Oregon

May. 22, 2024 06:46 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A centrist candidate who has vowed to be tough on crime was leading in the race for top prosecutor in Oregon’s Multnomah County, home to Portland, in a contest that was seen as a referendum on voter concerns over homelessness, public drug use and disorder. ...

California to make $3.3 billion available for mental health, substance use treatment centers

May. 14, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hammered by mounting pressure to address the growing homelessness crisis in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday his administration will make $3.3 billion available ahead of schedule for counties and private developers to start building more behavioral health...

Massachusetts is turning a former prison into a shelter for homeless families

May. 13, 2024 14:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey is turning to a former prison as a temporary safety net shelter for families experiencing homelessness, a surge fueled in part by an influx of migrants to the state. The Bay State Correctional Center will help house families on the...

How West Virginia's first transgender elected official is influencing local politics

May. 10, 2024 14:17 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — When Rosemary Ketchum gets introduced as the first openly transgender person to win elective office in West Virginia, there's often a shocked look that comes across people's faces. “Folks will be like, ‘How did that happen?’ As if it's like I won the...

With homelessness on the rise, the Supreme Court weighs bans on sleeping outdoors

Apr. 22, 2024 19:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court wrestled with major questions about the growing issue of homelessness on Monday as it considered whether cities can punish people for sleeping outside when shelter space is lacking. It's the most significant case before the high court in decades...

Record numbers in the US are homeless. Can cities fine them for sleeping in parks and on sidewalks?

Apr. 20, 2024 10:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The most significant case in decades on homelessness has reached the Supreme Court as record numbers of people in America are without a permanent place to live. The justices on Monday will consider a challenge to rulings from a California-based appeals court that...

California governor pledges state oversight for cities, counties lagging on solving homelessness

Apr. 18, 2024 18:31 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Nearly $200 million in grant money will go to California cities and counties to move homeless people from encampments into housing, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Thursday while also pledging increased oversight of efforts by local governments to reduce homelessness. ...