Pandemic hotel vouchers for about 700 homeless to end July 1 | Ap Wire | elpasoinc.com
Roughly 700 people, or about a third of the homeless people put up in motels during the coronavirus pandemic, will no longer be eligible on July 1, officials estimate.
Hundreds of homeless lose housing as Vermont ends emergency program
MONTPELIER, Vt. (WFFF) — Vermont is ending its pandemic-related emergency housing in hotels and motels for some of the homeless population because the program is not sustainable, hotel capacity is shrinking and it was never meant to be a permanent solution, said Human Services Secretary Mike Smith on Tuesday.
Multiple homeless arrested at City Hall as tents cleared - austonia
Tents and belongings of homeless individuals were disposed of in front of Austin City Hall on Monday morning, sparking outrage among campers and leading to multiple arrests. According to Austin police, seven people were arrested as a result of the incident with offenses ranging from interference with public duties and failure to obey a lawful order.
200 micro-shelters to be placed at state-owned homeless camp in Austin
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A nonprofit has launched its latest fundraising campaign to provide transitional housing to more than 200 people experiencing homelessness while they search for something more permanent.
Leavenworth city commissioners to discuss homeless encampment at park
The next time they meet, Leavenworth city commissioners will discuss options for addressing an encampment of homeless people at Bob Dougherty Park, the city manager said.
South Austin neighbors oppose possible city-sanctioned homeless camps nearby
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Residents in the Park Ridge neighborhood in south Austin are expressing concerns about possible city-sanctioned homeless encampments in their community.
San Francisco-run homeless encampment costs $60K per tent
A homeless encampment run by San Francisco costs the city $60,000 per year, per tent, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. The city’s six “safe sleeping villages,” provide homeless people tents, three meals per day, security and washrooms. The city is looking to renew the program for a cost of about $57,000 per tent, of which there are about 260.
GOP's Cox: California should force homeless into treatment | Govt-and-politics | lakegenevanews.net
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — John Cox, a Republican candidate for California governor, said Monday that he would force homeless people into mental health or addiction treatment before providing them with housing as part of his effort to cut homelessness in half in five years.
NYC man describes living homeless in a hotel | WNYT.com
"There's no privacy in the shelter. The bathrooms are not cleaned." Perez said. "I feel more like a regular person being in a hotel than being in the shelter."
City Starts Kicking Thousands of Homeless People From Hotels Back to Shelters - THE CITY
For thousands of homeless New Yorkers, a life-changing silver lining of the pandemic is coming rapidly to a close: They will no longer live in city hotels. In the span of about six weeks, the Department of Homeless Services will empty more than 60 commercial hotels used during the COVID-19 crisis as emergency housing for about 9,000 people. That means more than a thousand people each week are being sent back to dorm-style shelters, also known as “congregate shelters,” where residents sleep multiple people in a room. Meanwhile, it’s unclear how many of the city’s homeless people have been vaccinated.
Central Texas man welcomes homeless encampments on his property. Would you? | KXAN Austin
One Central Texan says he has a solution that will help people get off the streets. He’s calling it Camp Haven Homeless Sanctuary. “Every time I help someone I’m helping the 17-year-old me that was on the streets,” said Josiah Ingalls, as he walked around his 10-acre Bastrop County property. “When I was 17, I was homeless for about two and a half years.”
Pallet shelter community to house Everett homeless | king5.com
EVERETT, Wash — Exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, Snohomish County's homeless problem is spiraling out of control. Homeless advocates fear there will be a "surge" in homelessness once eviction moratoriums expire. "I have seen more people on the street in every neighborhood I've been in than I have ever seen in my life," said Sylvia Anderson, who has run the Everett Gospel Mission for 21 year
Sacramento Mulls a New Homeless Strategy: Legally Mandating Housing - The New York Times
Housing advocates have also expressed concerns that such a law might be used to intensify police crackdowns, potentially giving cities free legal rein to sweep encampments of homeless people as long as they first offer some form of shelter.
Los Angeles considers stricter limits on homeless camping
LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles city leaders are poised to pass sweeping restrictions Thursday on one of the nation’s largest homeless populations, making it illegal to pitch tents on many sidewalks, beneath overpasses and near parks. The measure before the City Council is billed as a humane approach to get people off streets and restore access to public spaces, and it wouldn’t be enforced until someone has turned down an offer of shelter. It would severely limit the number of places where homeless encampments have been allowed to grow and become a common sight across the city.
Caitlyn Jenner suggests moving homeless people to ‘big open fields’ | WFLA
“We have to clean those places up. We have to provide some place for those people to go, whether it’s an open field out in some place, or if you notice at the veteran’s facility, there’s these big open fields and a lot of places there,” Jenner said.
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Two tiny house villages are operating in Denver, housing 85 people. The city donated $900,000. Each tiny house costs between $10K and $20K. Social services feed the residents and a shower truck comes by twice a week. It's still not meeting the need for housing, as hundreds camp out on city sidewalks.
Los Angeles passes measure limiting homeless encampments | Business | americanpress.com
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council passed a sweeping anti-camping measure Thursday to remove widespread homeless encampments that have become an eyesore across the city. The measure was billed as a compassionate approach to get people off streets and restore access to public spaces in the city with nation's second-largest homeless population, though critics said it would criminalize the problem.
Among other limits, the ordinance that passed 13-2 would ban sitting, lying, sleeping or storing personal property that blocks sidewalks, streets and bike lanes or near driveways, fire hydrants, schools, day care centers, libraries, homeless shelters and parks.
“I can't tell you how much turmoil, there is in your heart when the sun is setting and you don’t know where you can sleep,” Bonin said. “I cannot describe how demoralizing and dehumanizing and defeating that experience is when you don’t know where you’re gonna sleep.”
Austin eyeing two sanctioned homeless encampments, could build tiny homes at site
AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin has whittled down a list of properties for sanctioned homeless camping from 78 to two.
Advocates respond to Sacramento mayor's plans to require housing homeless
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg would like to see the City of Sacramento be the first in the country to be required to shelter or house the homeless. He said it should not be a choice. "We don't say to our communities, 'Well, provide a public education to your kids if you want to.' We require it," Steinberg said. "We don't say 'replace the fossil fuels with renewable energy if you want to.' We mandate it."
Opinion | How to avoid a looming homelessness crisis | Richmond County Daily Journal
Homelessness is a growing problem in virtually every state. Nowhere is it more pressing than in California, which in the past three years spent more than $13 billion, roughly $30,000 annually for each homeless person, to address it. Tragically, its “housing first” approach is a colossal failure. Overall, says the state auditor’s office, California’s homelessness programs are disjointed and poorly managed.
California's Venice Beach Has Become A Flashpoint In The State's Homelessness Crisis | WFSU News
In Los Angeles, the world famous Venice Beach is now the latest flashpoint in the city's homelessness crisis. Hundreds of unhoused people camp along the boardwalk there. Now it's summer. Tourists are returning. And as member station KCRW's Anna Scott reports, politicians have plans to clear the area.
Some homeless residents refuse to move from Sheraton Midtown hotel - ABC7 New York
MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) -- Days after the city evicted homeless residents from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side, some homeless residents are refusing to move from a hotel in Midtown. Residents of the Four Points by Sheraton Midtown on 40th Street held a press conference Friday and said they plan to stay at the hotel.
Los Angeles’ newest ‘tiny home village’ for homeless opens in Tarzana – Daily News
The tiny home village's residents are provided laundry access, three meals a day, restroom facilities, 24/7 security, case management and drug and mental health counseling. Pets are also allowed at the site, which includes a dog run.
Opinion: Busting a few myths about homeless people by someone who is homeless - oregonlive.com
Homeless people are not lazy. It is extremely hard work to find a place to go to the bathroom, get life-saving water without money, keep your bedding from getting stolen, stay safe from crime and find an appropriate place to lie down without being arrested. Homelessness is a mind-breaking mental health challenge, which is even tougher than getting through the day physically.
Gearing up to help the homeless ahead of the cold months | KX NEWS
The Missouri Valley Coalition for Homeless and The Great Plains Food Bank have come together to host their First Ever Sleeping Bag Drive.
‘Opportunities must outweigh obstacles’ in homeless camp cleanup
“We can’t keep enabling this group,” Haskins said. “My Bible says if a man doesn’t work, a man doesn’t eat.”
Once Homeless, Now I'm a Multi-millionaire. Biden's Homelessness Plan Will Fail | Opinion
We spend $35,578 per year on each homeless person, in the form of public services like jails, hospitalizations and emergency rooms.
Congress spent $2.8 billion on homeless assistance grants in 2020, which was a 6 percent increase on the year before
An estimated 580,466 Americans were on the street in 2020, a 2.2 percent increase from 2019.
According to a 2015 assessment by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), 45 percent of America's homeless had a serious mental illness. Similarly, HUD estimated that in 2019, 36 percent of the chronically homeless suffered from chronic substance abuse, a severe mental illness, or both.
Everett to begin enforcing ‘no-sit, no-lie’ homeless camping ban – KIRO 7 News Seattle
The measure effectively prohibits sitting or lying down of any kind on the area’s streets and sidewalks within a 10-block radius along Smith Avenue near the I-5 overpass, in a part of the city where tents and tarps have frequently amassed in recent months. It had passed 5-1 as part of a larger bill to use a $1 million grant from the state to set up a series of tiny homes capable of housing up to 30 people behind the Everett Gospel Mission.
Over the last six months, other cities across the Puget Sound region have also passed ordinances designed to limit homeless camping. That includes Auburn, which raised the penalty for camping in public from a $250 fine to a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail, while carving out exceptions so that the penalties only apply in situations where overnight shelter space is already available.
Hundreds of unsheltered homeless living in downtown Austin — the progress on Prop B
“If we are going to ask folks to leave, we ought to have a place to take them,” Lt. Davis said.
As of June 17, Brice said there were 808 unsheltered homeless individuals living on the street, in cars or in tents.
A 72-hour notice will be issued before an encampment clean up begins. During clean up, anyone still on the premises may be cited or arrested.
APD is still working on a diversionary program that will connect people to services before an arrest or citation occurs to keep from taking them to community court or jail.
6 arrested as new group pushes city to address needs of Atlanta’s homeless population
Several dozen people advocating for Atlanta’s homeless population protested in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday. The protest came one day after the police arrested six people who had set up tents and signs outside City Hall in support of a newly formed union of homeless individuals. The new group, called the ATL Homeless Union, came together over the weekend to advocate for the city to better address the needs of homeless individuals, including long-term housing options, access to water and improved preventative medical care.
“There seems to be no care about arresting people in the city. They’d rather just hide the issue of homelessness,” Brooks said. “They’re making crime the biggest issue but they’re not making poverty an issue, they’re not making mass homelessness an issue, and it’s time to make sure that we address the right issue.”
City plans to relocate homeless camp currently near new Square offices downtown | St. Louis News Headlines | kmov.com
Tuesday morning, Gilland says she and others were confused after the City of St. Louis placed a fence around the plaza. City leaders say the fence is to provide privacy for the unhoused. Gilland says she feels the fence is the city’s attempt to conceal the homeless population, while the neighboring building prepares to move employees into its new offices. “I feel caged in, like an animal, I’m human,” said Gilland.
San Rafael’s largest homeless encampment cleared out | KRON4
“It’s heartbreaking to see how Marin County treats are homeless, we’re an eyesore, we’re not people anymore,” a resident said.
Austin City Council drags on homeless camping ban reinstatement - austonia
Police can start issuing citations to homeless residents who continue camping in restricted areas on Sunday, more than a month after Austin voters approved Prop B. But Austin City Council has yet to identify places where such residents can go, legally and safely.
As City Prepares To Clear Out Avondale Homeless Encampment, Residents Push Back: 'Give Us A Home Or Leave Us Alone'
But now the city plans to clear the area as part of its regular cleanups of public spaces, and Aviles and other residents are worried they’ll lose their personal belongings — and the community they call home.
Homeless camps growing in Louisville because the city can’t clear them
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - It’s hard not to see it. Homeless camps are growing all around Louisville. Metro Government is trying to address the number of homeless people on the streets.
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