Delaware sees dramatic hike in homelessness amid pandemic
WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Delaware has seen a 35% increase in the number of people experiencing homelessness in the past year, though local experts say the total is likely far higher due to the challenges of counting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Almost 60% of that increase were children, according to a recent report from the Housing Alliance Delaware, a statewide nonprofit that performed the countand aims to alleviate issues facing the homeless population
KC sweep of homeless camps causes problems for those helping | The Kansas City Star
The city’s precipitous action in sweeping those living in the homeless camps into hotel rooms for 90 days in April, however well-intended, has caused a fine mess of its own — including damaged hotel rooms, huge spikes in crime calls, alleged threats and assaults, beleaguered hoteliers and guests, and pressing questions about the quickly-arranged program’s financing and administration.
Man Charged With Arson After Burning Down Homeless Person’s Tent – CBS Baltimore
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — Hagerstown deputies arrested and charged a 31-year-old man with arson after he allegedly burned down a homeless person’s makeshift tent.
Hillsboro to open first managed homeless camping facility | KOIN.com
PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — Hillsboro officials are planning to open the city’s first-ever managed camping facility for homeless people on city-owned property. The camp, located on an undeveloped grassy field south of Southwest Wood Street west of the Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve, is expected to open in mid-June and last for about six months until winter sheltering becomes available, officials say.
Los Feliz: Homeless camp inside underground tunnel draws safety concerns from residents - ABC7 Los Angeles
LOS FELIZ, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A group of Los Feliz residents is pressing city officials to remove an underground pedestrian walkway that has been taken over by homeless people and is now impassable.
Fort Lauderdale ends homeless program as COVID cases drop - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
FORT LAUDERDALE — It was a novel way to stop coronavirus spread: hotel rooms for the homeless. But with cases easing and masks coming off, Fort Lauderdale’s pandemic-era program will soon come to an end, city officials say.
Oregon Legislature OKs measure to protect homeless campers | Texas | elpasoinc.com
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature gave final passage Wednesday to a bill to protect homeless campers in public spaces. The measure, which goes to Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, mandates that any city or county law must be reasonable if it regulates “sitting, lying, sleeping or keeping warm and dry outdoors on public property.”
Targeted for Being Homeless? - Fort Worth Weekly
A recently filed lawsuit alleges that three Fort Worth police officers unlawfully arrested and assaulted an unhoused Black man in mid-2019.
Activists urge local officials not to clear Sacramento homeless camps | The Sacramento Bee
Sacramento activists are urging local law enforcement not to clear homeless encampments starting June 15
Aiken organization seeks city help with tiny homes project for t - WFXG
AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - An organization is working on a plan to combat homelessness in Aiken. The Aiken County Homeless Coalition recently discussed efforts to construct tiny homes. It's a plan that is still in the early working stages. The main priority right now is finding somewhere to put the tiny homes.
Deputies sent to assess homeless crisis | News | avpress.com
LOS ANGELES — The sheriff of Los Angeles County dispatched deputies Tuesday to Venice Beach to assess the homelessness problem, a day after he called out city officials for failing to adequately address the growing number of people sleeping outdoors along the famous strand.
Garden Grove police officer charged with assaulting homeless people while on duty - Los Angeles Times
A Garden Grove police officer has been charged with threatening and striking homeless people while on duty in two separate incidents last year.
Point-in-Time count shows 13% rise in Central Oregon homeless population | kgw.com
This year, 1,098 homeless people were counted compared with 969 last year, according to Deschutes County.
179 arrested during Echo Park Lake homeless encampment protests won't be charged | Echo Park News | theeastsiderla.com
Echo Park -- Criminal charges will not be filed against the 179 protesters, legal observers and journalists who were arrested for failure to disperse during demonstrations against the city's clearing of a large homeless encampment that had developed at Echo Park Lake during the COVID-19 pandemic.
City attorney declines to charge homeless Black man tackled and punched during La Jolla arrest - La Jolla Light
The San Diego city attorney’s office announced June 11 that it will not file charges against Jesse Evans, a homeless Black man who was punched repeatedly in the head and legs during his arrest by two San Diego police officers in La Jolla.
West: Homelessness is about to grow everywhere | Morrison County Record | hometownsource.com
Eviction takes a toll on the human spirit, driving many people into depression and even suicide. One mother in Milwaukee moved seven times in two years; is it any wonder her children fell behind in school? Desmond writes, “Losing your home and possessions and often your job; being stamped with an eviction record and denied government housing assistance; relocating to degrading housing in poor and dangerous neighborhoods; and suffering from increased material hardship, homelessness, depression and illness – this is eviction’s fallout.”
California's homeless crisis is at a crossroads. Will $12B fix it?
Tent-lined streets with belongings scattered everywhere. Infected wounds with bugs living inside. A man who hasn't showered in over a decade. An 80-year-old woman who can't feed herself. People who ride the metro rail lines because the trains are a safer place to sleep. California's homeless problem has been out of control for decades. Then came COVID-19.
It can take years to get someone into stable housing because of the distrust within the homeless community and concerns about being burned by a system that has failed them, she said. Many shelters are rough places and come with rules that include curfews.
‘Teetering on the edge’: Portland homelessness workers at risk of becoming homeless due to low pay - oregonlive.com
A long list of unexpected costs has strained Essence Welck’s bank account over the past few years. Car repairs. The move to an apartment after a separation. And most recently, travel because of the loss of her mother. As a single mother in the Portland metro area, she found each bill a near-crippling blow, despite earning $45,000 a year at full-time job requiring a master’s degree.
Homeless camps being cleared out in front of Austin City Hall | KXAN Austin
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin said Monday it is clearing out homeless encampments around City Hall due to “upcoming construction.”
Sweeps Continue in Seattle: Perspectives From the Street | South Seattle Emerald
Some who are unhoused do not have a permanent campsite every night. Instead, many stay wherever they can, moving around from park to park to avoid negative reactions from the community.
The issue of increased street sweeps coincides with a rise in “informal evictions,” which can lead to more people living unhoused. Researchers from the University of Washington have found that some tenants receive texts, emails, or verbal requests asking them to leave their apartments, despite the state’s moratorium on evictions during the pandemic. In some cases, tenants have simply been locked out of their apartments, with their possessions removed from the buildings. Researchers say that these informal evictions disproportionately affect BIPOC communities, on top of the other negative inequities experienced during the pandemic.
Aurora City Council agrees to fund 90-day outdoor shelter pilot program for city's homeless - Sentinel Colorado
AURORA | The Aurora City Council unanimously approved funds Monday for a temporary outdoor homeless shelter in order to gather data on the feasibility of permanently running a safe camping site for the city’s unhoused residents.
‘Where should we go?’: thousands left homeless as Karachi clears waterways | Global development | The Guardian
As Pakistan’s supreme court backs bulldozing of homes blamed for floods, critics say government has no proper plans for residents Global development is supported by About this content Shah Meer Baloch in Karachi Wed 16 Jun 2021 05.12 EDT Maqsooda Bibi, 62, did not know the house she had lived in all her life would be demolished, forcing her whole family to become homeless. But on Monday, Pakistan’s supreme court backed the Sindh government in bulldozing her home and hundreds of others, legalising the eviction of thousands who live along narrow waterways – nullahs – that crisscross Karachi.
390 warnings issued as Austin police begin enforcing next phase of homeless camping ban | KXAN Austin
“At this point we’re strongly urging individuals that are in these camp sites to downsize their area to right size for movement and mobility, as the cleanup of the camp sites continue,” Chacon said.
The Homeless-to-Hotels Program Is Ending, and Nobody’s Ready
The city’s lifeline, now in its 14th month, may be about to end, and while this kind of resolution would normally augur good news and a return to normal, both hotel owners and homeless advocates are saying it’s happening too fast. “We’re very soon going to start the process of moving people back to the shelters, where we can provide the most support for them,” Mayor de Blasio said on Brian Lehrer’s WNYC show recently. “It was never meant to be a long-term thing. It will not be a long-term thing — you’ll start to see those changes soon.” Yet for hoteliers, international tourism is still effectively nil. Businesspeople would rather use Zoom. The conference circuit is likely years away from returning at full force. Owners also say that the realities of the market require them to do expensive, monthslong, top-to-bottom renovations where homeless people lived, in order to remove any stigma that might discourage future guests. Many are now staring down a future with no government support, no customers, and potentially millions in new renovation debt.
Shaw: Legal encampments could help homeless transition into housing - San José Spotlight
It is well known that, within Santa Clara County, for every homeless person housed, three more become homeless. I’m afraid that number is likely increasing due to the aftereffects of the pandemic. And based on the 2019 Homeless Census and Survey, more than 80 percent of the 10,000 homeless individuals in Santa Clara County are unsheltered.
Days numbered for homeless camp at fairgrounds | Port Townsend Leader
As soon as a statewide eviction moratorium lapses, those who have been bedding down at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds will be left looking for a new place to live.
Homelessness on the beach - Santa Monica Daily Press
His plan centers on gradually clearing out tent cities on the Boardwalk and relocating the unhoused to some form of residential support. City officials are reportedly mulling “safe camping” areas in nearby beaches and parks.
Adoping 'housing first' policy, Akron begins clearing homeless camps Monday
But following the state's June 2 lifting of COVID-related health orders and restrictions, Akron lifted the moratorium and has chosen to adopt a "housing first" approach to the homeless population.
NC councilman raises eyebrows after suggesting to arrest people who give money to the homeless | myfox8.com
“People aren’t getting it and they’re still bringing food and clothing and resources directly to folks that are out there right now. They’re only making themselves feel good,” said Bokhari.
Oregon church navigates the tension of serving the homeless amid community’s opposition – Episcopal News Service
[Episcopal News Service] Despite encountering resistance from neighbors and town officials, an Episcopal parish in a small Oregon town is continuing to provide critical services to homeless people, filling a void in an area where there are many unhoused and transient residents but few resources available to them. In a situation playing out all over the United States, the town is grappling with the dilemma of how to treat homeless people with compassion while managing residents’ concerns about safety and cleanliness.
Women’s Professional Golf Tournament Cites Concerns About Homeless Camp Near Country Club as It Moves Out of Portland - Willamette Week
An annual women’s professional golf tournament won’t be held at its typical location at a Portland country club this September because the tournament organizers believe nearby homeless camps have made the club unsafe.
L.A.'s Safe Sleep Village provides tent housing for homeless people
The site is sanctioned and funded by the city as part of an eight-month pilot program that provides space for up to 69 tents to be pitched in the parking lot. Homeless people who set tents up have access to meals, showers, restrooms and services like counseling. Dubbed “Safe Sleep Village,” the temporary tent complex at 317 N. Madison Ave. is another of the city’s programs to address one of Los Angeles’ biggest challenges: its growing homelessness crisis. In this case, the program’s price-tag is raising questions. The site, which opened in April, costs the city around $2,140 per person each month when operating at maximum capacity of 90 residents, according to the office of the City Administrative Officer. There were 72 people staying in the parking lot on June 9.
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