Latest Poverty News

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...

Europe pledges additional support for quake-hit Albania

Dec. 5, 2019 12:50 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — The European Union’s head for crisis management on Thursday visited Albania to assess damages and reconstruction needs after last week’s powerful earthquake. The 6.4-magnited earthquake on Nov. 26 killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000 others. More than 11,000...

Rights group: Venezuela migrant kids left at risk in Brazil

Dec. 5, 2019 11:48 AM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Hundreds of Venezuelan children are fleeing into Brazil alone and at risk of becoming homeless, abused or recruited by gangs, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. The human rights group cited government figures indicating that over 500 children have crossed into the Brazilian state...

Homeless shelters over capacity as cold weather kicks in

Dec. 4, 2019 9:38 PM EST

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) — The homeless shelters in New Hampshire's Seacoast region passed capacity long before the recent snow and cold temperatures came in. The Portsmouth Herald reported that some shelters in the region have an eight-month to two-year wait for income-based housing while others are...

California governor blames Trump for delayed homeless aid

Dec. 4, 2019 8:21 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's governor on Wednesday blamed the Trump administration for withholding data needed to release $650 million in state aid to combat homelessness. California's cities and counties have been waiting since June for the money approved by the Legislature. But state law says...

City wants family to change how it gifts coats to homeless

Dec. 4, 2019 2:11 AM EST

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A Virginia woman and her family have gifted coats to homeless people by leaving the winter weather gear hung about the city for years but may soon have to change tactics. Brenda Parker says she was told this year that the tradition is considered littering. The Virginian-Pilot reports...

Yakima County reports 18 hepatitis A cases

Dec. 3, 2019 4:52 PM EST

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Yakima County has 18 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, a number authorities say will likely increase in the weeks and months ahead. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports all cases are all tied to people experiencing homelessness and those using illicit drugs. The Yakima Health District, in...

UN says half of Zimbabwe’s people face severe hunger

Dec. 3, 2019 8:44 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest.” The World Food...