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Waffle House Diners Wowed by 5-Year-Old's Selfless Act

Kindhearted Josiah Duncan begged his mom to buy a meal for homeless man

(Newser) - Josiah Duncan isn't just any 5-year-old. When he saw a homeless man standing outside a Waffle House in Prattville, Ala., he started quizzing his mom. "Where is his house? Where is his family? Where does he keep his groceries?" were some of Josiah's queries, Ava Faulk tells... More »

Utah on Verge of Wiping Out Chronic Homelessness

It's simple, really—just give the homeless a home

(Newser) - Utah makes it sound so easy: Solve the state's chronic homeless problem by just putting them in homes. That's the goal of Utah's Housing First initiative, a program that has since 2005 cut the number of chronically homeless down from 1,932 individuals to a mere 178—... More »

NC Church Gets 'Simple but Powerful' Gift: 18 Cents

Anonymous homeless man's gesture touches officials

(Newser) - The note was as simple as the five coins that accompanied it: "Please don't be mad I don't have much. I'm homeless. God bless." Rather than anger officials at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, the words scribbled on the back of an envelope... More »

Church Removing Sprinklers That Doused Homeless

San Francisco archdiocese acts after TV station's report

(Newser) - Homeless people seeking shelter at night outside a Catholic church in San Francisco over the last year have gotten a rude surprise instead—sprinklers installed above the doors dump water on them repeatedly through the night. TV station KCBS reports that Saint Mary's Cathedral installed the sprinklers specifically to... More »

Identity of Homeless Man Shot by Cops Revealed

He was Charly Keundeu Keunang, from Cameroon

(Newser) - A homeless man shot to death by police during an LA Skid Row confrontation over the weekend was identified yesterday under his true name—not the stolen identity he had used for years. Charly Keundeu Keunang, 43, was listed as being indigent and homeless, and he died from multiple gunshot... More »

'Disturbing' Video Captures LAPD Skid Row Shooting

Police say man tried to grab officer's gun

(Newser) - A homeless man was shot dead after a scuffle with police on the sidewalk in the "Skid Row" area of downtown Los Angeles yesterday, allegedly after trying to grab an officer's gun. Witnesses tell CBS that when officers responding to a report of a robbery arrived at the... More »

Homeless Woman Walks Miles for Rape Hearings

Perpetrator Paul Hubert, 54, attacked her under a bridge

(Newser) - First she endured the horror of being raped under a bridge. Then the 47-year-old homeless woman took walks as long as 8 miles in Columbus, Ohio, to attend several court hearings for her attacker—who pleaded guilty and got 3 years in prison, the Columbus Dispatch reports. "He didn’... More »

Pope Opens a Barbershop for the Homeless

The less fortunate can also get a shower in public restrooms

(Newser) - Homeless men and women lined up today off St. Peter's Square to take advantage of Pope Francis' latest charitable initiative: a free shave and shower for the least fortunate. Mauro Casubolo, 49, was one of the first clients as the pope's barbershop opened in the public restrooms just... More »

Pope Gives Sleeping Bags to Homeless for His Birthday

Pontiff handed out 400 sleeping bags to Rome's destitute to celebrate his 78th

(Newser) - Pope Francis spent his birthday last year by going to church with four homeless locals . This year he upped the ante, celebrating his 78th birthday on Wednesday by donating 400 sleeping bags—complete with an imprinted papal coat of arms—to homeless people around Rome, ABC News reports. Volunteers and... More »

Big Fail: City's 'Nazi-Style' Homeless Cards

Human rights groups compare Marseille cards to patches from Holocaust

(Newser) - A plan to help health workers identify and assist homeless people has quickly fizzled out in the French city of Marseille for one main reason: The cards that were handed out recalled the Star of David the Nazis forced Jews to wear. The city's initiative saw homeless people outfitted... More »

Biggest US Homeless Encampment Evicted

San Jose clears out 'the Jungle'

(Newser) - A homeless encampment believed to have been the biggest in the country—and located in one of its richest areas—was cleared by police and social workers in San Jose yesterday. The San Jose Mercury News describes the scene as a "caravan of misery," with homeless people standing... More »

Creed's Lead Singer Broke, Holing Up at Holiday Inn

Scott Stapp says money was stolen, that he went 2 days without eating

(Newser) - Creed, the hard-rock group that rose to the top of the charts in the late '90s with hits like "Higher" and "Arms Wide Open," isn't currently touring, which has apparently left Scott Stapp in a bit of a spot, Variety reports. The group's frontman... More »

One in 30 US Kids Is Homeless

Figure up 8% from 2012 to 2013

(Newser) - The number of homeless children in the US has surged in recent years to an all-time high, amounting to one child in every 30, according to a comprehensive state-by-state report that blames the nation's high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing, and the impact of pervasive domestic violence.... More »

After Man Tells Bishop He Smells, Vatican Takes Action

3 public showers to be installed

(Newser) - Pope Francis made headlines last year when he said that he would like a "poor church, and for the poor." Now, after a man declined an invitation to dine with a bishop because, the man said simply, "puzzo"—or "I smell"—the pope is... More »

90-Year-Old in Trouble for Feeding Homeless—Again

'Nice guy' Arnold Abbott says he'll keep dishing out meals

(Newser) - A simple citation couldn't keep Arnold Abbott off the streets of Fort Lauderdale, where he's been feeding the homeless for more than two decades. The 90-year-old man, charged Sunday with violating a new ordinance that clamps down on public feeding of the homeless, dished out meals at a... More »

2 Pastors and Man, 90, Charged for Feeding Homeless

Fort Lauderdale officials say they're simply enforcing public food-sharing law

(Newser) - "Drop that plate right now" was the command hurled at 90-year-old Arnold Abbott on Sunday before he was charged with violating Florida law. His crime: feeding Fort Lauderdale's homeless. Abbott and two pastors, Dwayne Black and Mark Sims, were cited for disobeying a new city ordinance that effectively... More »

Woman's Dramatic Roof Escape Caught on Camera

Homeless man, Christian Hicks, 29, charged with burlgary

(Newser) - As Melora Rivera hid on her roof, half-naked, from an intruder Wednesday morning, neighbors snapped pictures and posted them to Twitter . The California woman had fled from a second-story window when a homeless man broke into her house as she slept, CBS2 reports. "The drop is, I would guess,... More »

Miley's Homeless VMAs Date Is Wanted by Cops

Apparently he violated probation in Oregon, then skipped town

(Newser) - The young homeless man who accompanied Miley Cyrus to the MTV Video Music Awards has a warrant out for his arrest in Oregon. Jesse Helt, 22, was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and burglary in 2010. According to court records, he broke into the apartment of a... More »

To Ease Homelessness, Portland Eyes Micro-Homes

One design costs $20K—just over annual cost of an emergency shelter room

(Newser) - It isn't cheap for Portland, Ore., to house its sizable homeless population. An emergency shelter room costs $16,000 a year and lacks basic plumbing, and there aren't enough rooms to prevent 2,000 people from setting up shelters under bridges, on sidewalks, and in abandoned lots throughout... More »

Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

Ohio couple had kicked her out of their house a week earlier

(Newser) - Married police officers in Tulsa, Okla., are in jail after the husband allegedly shot and killed their daughter's boyfriend. Shannon Kepler turned himself in not long after the shooting and was arrested on charges of first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill, while his wife, Gina Kepler, was... More »

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