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25-Year-Old NBA Star Gives $400K to Homeless Kids

Wizards' John Wall stopped by DC children's center with surprise donation

(Newser) - John Wall is only 25 years old and he's already achieved great success with the Washington Wizards, including being called by Fox Sports "one of the best point guards in the NBA." He can also check "philanthropist" off his list after his surprise visit Friday to... More »

Homeless Family Finds Guardian Angel in Deputy

'There are good cops. They're still out there'

(Newser) - While feeling like she had finally hit rock bottom, a homeless mother of two found her guardian angel in the form of an Ohio sheriff's deputy, WCPO reports. Tierra Gray and her sons were rotating between the homes of friends, family, and church members after being evicted for failing... More »

LA Declares Homelessness a $100M 'Emergency'

City council to put serious cash toward fighting problem

(Newser) - Los Angeles says it will declare a state of emergency to deal with … homelessness. Mayor Eric Garcetti and city council made the announcement yesterday, noting $100 million will be set aside to help the 26,000 living on the city's streets, up 12% since 2013, reports the Los ... More »

Why Full-Time City Workers Are Homeless

Angelo Torres sleeps in a truck, works for New York City

(Newser) - Angelo Torres makes $33,662 a year cleaning up trash on a beach at Staten Island. Georgie Grier pulls in $33,600 as a New York City sanitation enforcement agent. Similar jobs, similar pay, same problem: They're among more than 300 full-time workers in the city who are homeless,... More »

Cops: Brothers Inspired by Trump Beat Homeless Man

Trump is now taking flak for his response

(Newser) - A savage beating in Boston is making headlines because of its connection to Donald Trump. In fact, a headline at the Atlantic calls it a "Trump-Inspired Hate Crime." Police say two brothers set upon a homeless Hispanic man sleeping outside a subway station, leaving him with a broken... More »

Feds: Homeless Have a Right to Sleep Outside

DOJ says laws forbidding it essentially criminalize homelessness

(Newser) - The US government believes it is unconstitutional for cities and towns to prohibit homeless people from sleeping outside, according to a statement of interest filed by the Department of Justice in a case out of Boise, Idaho. The Idaho Statesman reports the suit was brought against Boise by a number... More »

Cop's Kindness to Homeless Man Warms Hearts

'Truly a sign of compassion'

(Newser) - Another day, another viral post about America's police: This time, though, a Florida woman spotted a police officer's random act of kindness and posted a series of photos earlier this month celebrating Ocala Police Sgt. Erica Hay, who sat down on a curb with a homeless man to... More »

Homeless Woman Faces Life Over Dropped Cop Baton

LA woman charged with assault at Skid Row shooting didn't swing or hit anyone

(Newser) - A homeless woman involved in the chaos surrounding the fatal shooting of a homeless man on LA's Skid Row has been in jail since the March incident, and yesterday Trishawn Cardessa Carey's bail was reduced from $1 million to $50,000 after a judge deemed it "way... More »

School Gives Homeless Piano Player Full Scholarship

Donald Gould getting chance to finish his degree

(Newser) - A viral video of a homeless man artfully playing a piano in Sarasota didn't just make 51-year-old Donald Gould an Internet star. It's giving him a real shot at turning his life around. Michigan's Spring Arbor University, where Gould studied music years ago but left before getting... More »

This Homeless Man Will Amaze You

Sarasota's Donald Gould becomes an Internet star on the piano

(Newser) - A homeless man in Florida is an Internet star after footage of him playing the piano went viral this week. But more than that, the newfound fame may give him a chance to stop being homeless, reports People . Donald Gould, 51, who has been living on the streets of Sarasota... More »

Homeless Man Turns Down $5K in Exchange for This

Unidentified BC man just wants a job

(Newser) - A community in British Columbia is feeling warm and fuzzy after a homeless man's generosity inspired residents not once but twice over the past two weeks. First, the unidentified man with little to his name found a suitcase with $2,000 in it on a street in Victoria, but... More »

Naked Guy Gets Trapped on Drawbridge

Florida firefighters nervously watch him for 2 hours

(Newser) - Firefighters in Florida have rescued a naked man trapped on a raised drawbridge. The South Florida Sun Sentinel quotes witnesses as saying the unidentified man was walking across the Florida East Coast Railway railroad bridge in Fort Lauderdale yesterday morning when it began to rise, forcing him to scamper to... More »

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 »

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