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First-Round Pick Celebrates at Homeless Shelter

Football star Najee Harris visits a place that helped him and his family when they needed it

(Newser) - Now that he's on top, Najee Harris went back to a place that helped him when he was down. The first-round pick in the NFL draft took food on Thursday to a Bay Area homeless shelter where he and his family lived for several years when he was growing...

He Was Forced to Leave the Shelter. Then, Tragedy

Raphael Andre, who was homeless, died in port-a-potty steps from shelter on cold Montreal night

(Newser) - A homeless man's tragic death in Canada is shining a spotlight on the far-reaching consequences of the coronavirus pandemic. Montreal police say an Indigenous Innu man died overnight Saturday on a cold street just steps away from a shelter that was forced to close for the night, partly due...

'Unchecked Groping' Alleged at Calif. Homeless Shelters

ACLU sues cities, operators of 3 Orange County shelters

(Newser) - In March 2019, the American Civil Liberties Union issued a report that suggested it was better to spend time in jail than in dirty, overcrowded Orange County homeless shelters. Residents at Anaheim's Bridges at Kraemer Place and Santa Ana's Courtyard Transitional Center and SAFEPlace shelters described feces covering...

For Alex Trebek, $100K Was Just the Beginning

The 'Jeopardy!' host keeps giving to a cause he believes in

(Newser) - Alex Trebek showed his support for fighting homelessness in Los Angeles this week by handing over a dazzling $500,000 check, CNN reports. The Jeopardy! host was touring an under-construction shelter in North Hollywood on Tuesday with his wife, Jean, and son Matthew when he surprised his host with the...

Las Vegas Turns Parking Lot Into Homeless 'Shelter'

Lines were painted for social distancing

(Newser) - Homeless people in Las Vegas have been directed to sleep in rectangles painted on the pavement in a makeshift parking lot camp as a way to limit the spread of the coronavirus, a move that is stirring outrage by some on social media. Former Obama administration housing chief Julian Castro...

Trebek to Special Jeopardy! Guest: 'I Don't Normally Do This'

Show host makes $100K donation to Los Angeles-area homeless shelter

(Newser) - A most generous gift from the host of Jeopardy! has Vulture asking: "What is just the nicest, sweetest thing we got to read today, Alex?" Per TMZ , Alex Trebek recently toured a new homeless shelter being built by Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, a nonprofit he's donated...

Pope Turns Palace Into Homeless Shelter

Vatican-owned building is now a 'palace for the poor'

(Newser) - Pope Francis is practicing what he preaches in Rome, where a 19th-century palace owned by the Vatican has been turned into a homeless shelter. The pontiff rejected plans to convert the Palazza Migliori, which is just off St. Peter's Square, into a luxury hotel for Vatican visitors, reports the...

San Fran Residents Mount Last-Ditch Fight Against Shelter

Lawsuit argues homeless facility will hurt the environment

(Newser) - San Francisco residents who object to a homeless shelter going up in their upscale neighborhood aren't done fighting yet. A new lawsuit says the project will hurt the environment, reports the Guardian . The project will lead to "additional homeless persons, open drug and alcohol use, crime, daily emergency...

Wealthy SF Residents Lose Fight Over Homeless Shelter

But they say they'll keep fighting

(Newser) - San Francisco's Port Commission has unanimously approved a homeless shelter in the Embarcadero neighborhood, despite fierce objections from some of the wealthy area's residents. The city says approval for the waterfront "Navigation Center" was granted for two years, with an option to extend for another two years...

San Fran Fight Over Homeless Shelter Gets Nastier

Mayor shouted down by residents angry about plans to build it in their neighborhood

(Newser) - San Francisco's mayor made a surprise appearance at a community meeting about a proposed homeless shelter , and the move seems to have only raised already hot tempers over the controversial project. Residents of the upscale Embarcadero neighborhood shouted down Mayor London Breed Wednesday, telling her to "go home,...

There's a Wild Battle Happening on GoFundMe Right Now
There's a Wild Battle Happening
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There's a Wild Battle Happening on GoFundMe Right Now

Rival campaigns raising funds in support and opposition of a proposed SF homeless shelter

(Newser) - It's not every day that the GoFundMe team donates to a GoFundMe campaign—and that's just one unusual element of a battle playing out on the platform. It started with a campaign called "Safe Embarcadero for All" —one that is seeking to raise $100,000 to...

Student Wins Free Year of Qdoba, Donates It

Kansas State freshman doesn't eat Mexican food

(Newser) - What to do when you win a year's worth of free Qdoba, but you don't eat Mexican food? In the case of one Kansas State University freshman, you use it to feed people in need. Cameron Koger tweeted after winning the "Qdoba Queso 3-point contest" at a...

'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...

New Report on America's Homeless Is Bleak

Things are getting worse, not better

(Newser) - The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development released its annual Point-in-Time count Wednesday, a...

Amazon Is Putting a Homeless Shelter in Its New HQ

The move is being called the company's 'biggest philanthropic venture to date'

(Newser) - Amazon has announced what the Seattle Times is calling its "biggest philanthropic venture to date." Inside an office building at its new Seattle headquarters will be 47,000 square feet of space dedicated to a homeless shelter known as Mary's Place. Since April 2016, Amazon has allowed...

Squatters Turn $19M London Home Into Homeless Shelter

The nearly 200-year-old home was bought by a Russian oligarch in 2014

(Newser) - A group of squatters has seized an empty property on one of Britain's "most expensive and exclusive streets" and turned it into a homeless shelter, the Telegraph reports. According to the Guardian , the five-story, $19 million home was purchased by a Russian oligarch in 2014 but is believed...

Man Who Walked 11.5K Miles to Help Homeless Comes Home

Leroy Bailey says he raised enough money over 29 months to start building shelter in Va. Beach

(Newser) - For more than two years, Leroy Bailey has been hoofing it around the US to raise money for hope—and on Saturday, he finally made it home. The 54-year-old contractor has been on the road for the past 29 months—he took leave of his Virginia Beach home in June...

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,...

NYC Homeless Shelters Rife With Rats, Rot
 NYC Homeless Shelters 
 Rife With Rats, Rot 
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NYC Homeless Shelters Rife With Rats, Rot

Report outlines deplorable conditions in system that houses 12K families

(Newser) - One family of six was living in a homeless-shelter apartment where a dead rat festered on the floor for two days. Another had been without electricity for days. Urine soiled the floor of the only working elevator at yet another. All those buildings were part of a system that costs...

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...

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