Latest Homelessness News

Spokane to vote on noise-emitting devices to deter loiterers

Dec. 15, 2019 1:17 PM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council will vote Monday on a law that would ban devices that emit a high-pitched sound to discourage loiterers in the city's downtown. City Councilwoman Kate Burke, who crafted the proposal, told the Spokesman Review that the devices are inherently discriminatory...

Aggressive cleanup of Spokane homeless camps to continue

Dec. 15, 2019 10:02 AM EST

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — In May, Spokane launched what was supposed to be a one-month trial program to clean up illegal encampments on public property. Seven months later, the interdepartmental team that does the dirty work has responded to 972 reports of illegal camping and removed 152,000 pounds of trash...

EU to hold donors' meeting for Albania quake reconstruction

Dec. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Commission said Saturday that member states have agreed to hold a donors’ conference in January in Albania to help the Balkan country rebuild after an earthquake killed 51 people last month. The commission's president, Ursula von der Leyen, offered the...

Portland panhandler who broke windows gets jail time

Dec. 13, 2019 10:59 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, panhandler who threw rocks through the windows of five businesses because she said no one was giving her money was sentenced Wednesday to 20 days in jail and ordered to pay more than $9,000 for the damage. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that 30-year-old Marlena...

Seattle brothers guilty in homeless encampment shooting

Dec. 13, 2019 10:32 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle brothers were found guilty Thursday of shooting to death two people and wounding three others during a 2016 robbery at a former homeless encampment known as the Jungle — a case that had previously resulted in two mistrials. The Seattle Times reports a jury deliberated for...

Official: Cruise ship could house 1,000 Oakland homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 7:45 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people in the region with a high cost of living and a shortage of affordable housing. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting...

Council OKs creating regional homelessness authority

Dec. 11, 2019 7:16 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Metropolitan King County Council in Seattle voted Wednesday to create a regional homelessness authority. The Seattle Times reports the plan will next go to the Seattle City Council for a vote, where council members may make changes. The plan would combine King County and Seattle...

Italy urges donor conference for quake-struck Albania

Dec. 11, 2019 11:17 AM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Italy's foreign minister on Wednesday urged an international donors' conference to raise funds for Albania following last month's earthquake that flattened buildings and killed 51 people. Luigi di Maio also pledged further aid from Italy, saying Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte...

Salem OKs warming shelters for homeless

Dec. 11, 2019 11:03 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Salem City Council has agreed to spend up to $213,000 to open 140 warming shelter beds at two local churches. Warming shelter openings currently are driven by freezing temperatures. But under a proposed deal between the city, nonprofit and church representatives, the two shelters...

Portland-area residents may vote on funding for homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 2:52 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Multnomah County commissioners have agreed to cuts across departments to ensure that they can send money to the Joint Office of Homeless Services, which coordinates housing assistance, outreach and other needs for struggling people. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Mayor Ted...