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Illinois shelter partners with health groups to build trust

Oct. 17, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Ahead of colder weather, when shelter becomes more of a necessity, Helping Hands of Springfield is partnering with healthcare organizations to build trust with local residents experiencing homelessness. The shelter, which has a capacity of 71...

Ground broken on N. Carolina tiny home village for homeless

Oct. 16, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Rain throughout the morning on Oct. 9 didn’t stop a group of about 100 people from gathering to volunteer and celebrate the groundbreaking for a new community coming to Wilmington — a tiny home village serving chronically homeless people. ...

Seattle schools suspending over 100 bus routes

Oct. 15, 2021 18:13 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Public Schools is suspending 142 school bus routes beginning Monday. District officials said the cuts are necessary because of a national bus driver shortage and because some drivers are choosing not to follow the state-mandated COVID-19 vaccine...

Homelessness advocates vow Statehouse campout to push aid

Oct. 15, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A group of housing advocates are promising to camp outside the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier until the state does more to help homeless people, one of the advocates said Friday. Brenda Siegel, of Newfane, and others want the expanded...

Homelessness, police, Amazon top Seattle mayoral debate

Oct. 14, 2021 23:28 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The two candidates for Seattle mayor agreed Thursday that tackling an ongoing homelessness crisis was the top issue facing the the Northwest's largest city, but they differed sharply about how to pay for that. Lorena González and Bruce Harrell also...

Homeless man set on fire while asleep in San Francisco dies

Oct. 14, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A homeless man died of his injuries after being set on fire while in a sleeping bag in a San Francisco street, police said. The 43-year-old man told investigators he was asleep Friday in the Mission District when he woke up to find his sleeping bag...

Ex-employee: Eugene parks worker misused power with homeless

Oct. 13, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Eugene’s employee code of conduct instructs city workers to behave in “a manner that reflects positively on the city” and to “treat members of the public and coworkers with dignity and respect.” However, Parks and Open Space employees and...

Indianapolis officer faces excessive force charges

Oct. 12, 2021 16:09 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant faces two felony charges and a recommendation to be fired after body-cam video showed him using excessive force during a recent arrest, authorities said Tuesday. Fourteen-year veteran Sgt. Eric...

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake jolts Greek island of Crete

Oct. 12, 2021 10:57 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday, two weeks and a day after another temblor killed a man and damaged hundreds of buildings. The Geodynamic Institute in Athens said the undersea earthquake had a preliminary magnitude...

Youth homelessness organization gets $2.5M grant

Oct. 10, 2021 11:35 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A Boston nonprofit that provides services for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth has received a $2.5 million grant, the largest in the organization's more than 50-year history. The five-year grant to Bridge Over Troubled Waters from the Liberty Mutual...