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'Tremendous Inequity' Made Clear by 2 Cats With a Sweet Pad

Tina and Louise are living large in a $1.5K-a-month apartment in Silicon Valley

(Newser) - Thousands of people are homeless in San Jose, Calif.—but Tina and Louise have a cozy setup in a $1,500-a-month apartment with an Apple TV (but no kitchen), scratching tower, and a landlord who pops in to rub their bellies. The two tenants are cats, and the Mercury ... More »

Meet Sesame Street's First Homeless Muppet

Lily's new storyline involves her family losing their home

(Newser) - For the first time in its nearly 50-year history, Sesame Street will have a homeless Muppet character. Lily, a character first introduced as a hungry, impoverished little girl in 2011, is now involved in a storyline involving her family becoming homeless and having to stay with friends, CNN reports. For... More »

Bus Driver's Relentless Kindness Caught on Video

Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver Natalie Barnes is honored

(Newser) - It wasn't one act of kindness caught on surveillance video in Milwaukee, but kindness after kindness, throughout the course of a shift. And it's now being recognized. ABC News reports that on Oct. 13, Milwaukee County Transit System bus driver Natalie Barnes picked up an elderly man named... More »

Bad News for Homeless Guy Who Thwarted Terror Attack

Michael Rogers turned himself in on theft charges

(Newser) - A homeless Australian man who shot to fame after using a shopping trolley to help police thwart last week's militant attack in Melbourne has been charged over a series of burglaries, the AP reports. Michael Rogers was hailed as a hero and dubbed "Trolleyman" on social media after... More »

Was Touching Story of Helpful Homeless Man a Scam?

Johnny Bobbitt to face charges along with NJ couple, NBC Philadelphia reports

(Newser) - It’s not only the founders of a disputed GoFundMe campaign that raised $400,000 for a homeless man who find themselves in hot water . NBC Philadelphia reports Kate McClure, Mark D'Amico, and Johnny Bobbitt will face charges of conspiracy and theft by deception for allegedly concocting a false... More »

Top Tech CEOs Bicker Over Chronic Homelessness

Jack Dorsey, Marc Benioff trade barbs on Twitter

(Newser) - Two of the world's top tech CEOs disagree about how to ease homelessness in San Francisco—a city where extreme wealth glitters alongside roughly 7,500 living on the streets, the Guardian reports. At issue is a proposed tax on wealthy city businesses that Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff supports... More »

Homeless Man Charging Phone at a Dunkin' Got Rude Surprise

Workers terminated after dumping water on him in 'cruel' incident caught on video

(Newser) - "Cruel" is how people are describing an incident that took place at an upstate New York Dunkin' Donuts, and the company seems to agree. The Post-Standard reports that on Sunday evening, Jeremy Dufresne (aka Jeremy Young ), a homeless man whose family says he has epilepsy and schizophrenia... More »

Suspect in Deadly Calif. Attacks Was Deported 6 Times

Cops say he killed 3 in attacks on homeless

(Newser) - A Texas man suspected of killing three people and seriously injuring four in a string of attacks on sleeping southern California men—most of them homeless—had a long criminal history and had been deported from the United States six times, immigration officials said Tuesday night. Ramon Escobar, 47, believed... More »

High School Shop Class Gives Veterans a 'Dignified' End

Gino Perez's shop class has crafted 18 urns

(Newser) - More than 40,000 veterans spend their nights homeless, per Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers. A high school shop class in New Mexico is making sure 18 such veterans' eternal rest is a dignified one. CNN profiles the wood and metal shop class led by Gino Perez at... More »

Huge NYC Arson May Have Been Unusual Revenge

Homeless man allegedly set fire after being booted from sleeping spot

(Newser) - Fire officials believe a homeless man ignited a seven-alarm blaze that ripped through a parking garage at a Brooklyn shopping mall Monday, leaving more than two dozen people injured. Six civilians and 22 of more than 250 responding firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries, including smoke inhalation and heat exhaustion, after plumes... More »

'Slob' Mocked for Shaving on Train: 'My Life Is All Screwed Up'

Anthony Torres, caught in viral video, says he was trying to clean up after stay in a homeless shelter

(Newser) - A man mocked online after being recorded shaving at his seat on a NYC commuter train says he was just trying to clean up after days in a homeless shelter. Anthony Torres, 56, tells the AP that people judging him on social media don't appreciate his struggles. "My... More »

GoFundMe: Homeless Vet Will Be 'Made Whole' in $400K Feud

Crowdfunding site says Johnny Bobbitt Jr. will get what he's due

(Newser) - What started out as an uplifting story has degenerated into a rather upsetting one for all involved. The Philadelphia couple that helped crowdfund more than $400,000 to help a homeless man is now being accused by that man of using the money as their "personal piggy bank,"... More »

Couple Ordered to Hand Over Homeless Man's Fund

Full accounting to be done by Sept. 10

(Newser) - "I hate that it came to this." That's what Philadelphia homeless man Johnny Bobbitt Jr. had to say Friday after a judge ordered a couple to hand over the remainder of more than $400,000 raised for him in a GoFundMe campaign, per ABC 13 . Bobbitt sued... More »

They Gave a Homeless Man a Place to Live. Now He's Suing

Johnny Bobbitt says couple is using donated funds as 'piggy bank'

(Newser) - The Philadelphia couple who raised more than $400,000 for a homeless veteran are using the fund as their "personal piggy bank," lawyers for Johnny Bobbitt Jr. write in a lawsuit filed Tuesday. Though lawyers say Bobbitt is staying at a hotel during a third stint in rehab,... More »

Campaign to Help Philly Homeless Man Gets Nasty

Johnny Bobbit Jr says he didn't get everything he was promised

(Newser) - Johnny Bobbit Jr seemed like the luckiest homeless guy in the world, until big money got involved. Now the 35-year-old has a lawyer who's trying to help him recover up to $300,000 that a Good Samaritan couple raised on GoFundMe in Bobbit's name, CNN reports. The couple—... More »

SF Moves to Echo 'Amazon Tax'

Measure to tax big businesses to fund homeless will be on the November ballot

(Newser) - San Francisco voters will decide in November whether to tax large businesses to pay for homeless and housing services, an issue that set off a battle in another West Coast city struggling with income inequality. The city elections department verified Monday that supporters had collected enough signatures to get the... More »

Jogger Accused of Tossing Homeless Man's Stuff Arrested

Arrest seems to stem from an incident in which he allegedly grabbed witness's cellphone

(Newser) - The Oakland, Calif., jogger accused of throwing a homeless man's things into a lake has been arrested, but not in connection with that Friday incident. The suspect, who was filmed messing with the belongings of a homeless man named Drew, had become known as "Jogger Joe" online, but... More »

Seattle Kills Tax in Face of Formidable Foe: Amazon

City council rolls back tax it had unanimously approved last month

(Newser) - What does defeat sound like? This: "We have reached the conclusion that this is not a winnable battle at this time." That was the pronouncement of Seattle Councilwoman Lisa Herbold Tuesday in advance of what ended up being a 7-2 vote to reverse a new tax the council... More »

Calif. Jogger Filmed Messing With Homeless Man's Items

Oakland rallies to provide Drew with blankets, clothing

(Newser) - "What has this town come to?" So writes JJ Harris alongside a two-minute video posted to Twitter that shows a shirtless jogger on Friday steamrolling through a homeless man's belongings in Oakland, Calif., throwing some items out and allegedly hurling others into Lake Merritt. Harris' video shows various... More »

He Tried to Pay With a $10 Bill. Burger King Called the Police

The cashier thought Emory Ellis was paying with counterfeit money

(Newser) - Emory Ellis, a black homeless man in Boston, went to Burger King for breakfast and tried to pay with a $10 bill. That simple transaction in November 2015 led to a series of mistakes that landed Ellis in jail for more than three months, reports the AP . It started with... More »

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