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She Lost Hope of Quinceanara, but Volunteers Stepped Up

'I felt like a princess,' says Adriana Palma of Miami

(Newser) - Adriana Palma recently celebrated her quinceanara , but that celebration was possible only because of Good Samaritans. When Adriana left Mexico in early 2020, she looked forward to a new life in Miami with her parents and three younger brothers, per the AP . But when the pandemic hit, her father’...

Alex Trebek Is the Gift That Keeps on Giving, in a 'Perfect Way'

Late 'Jeopardy!' host's family, show staff donate his wardrobe so underserved men can go to interviews

(Newser) - Three hundred neckties, 58 dress shirts, 25 polo shirts, 15 belts, 14 suits, 14 sweaters, nine pairs of dress shoes, nine sports coats, three pairs of dress slacks, and two parkas sounds like a clothier's "12 Days of Christmas" list. Thanks to Alex Trebek's family and Jeopardy!...

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...

Cyndi Lauper's Youth Benefit Gets Help From Some Big Names

Billie Eilish, Dolly Parton, LL Cool J, Taylor Swift, Cher join annual homelessness event

(Newser) - Taylor Swift, Cher, Billie Eilish, LL Cool J, and Dolly Parton are adding their voices to Cyndi Lauper's annual concert to combat youth homelessness, an issue the "True Colors" singer says has only gotten worse during the pandemic. "You can say, 'Stay home, protect yourself.'...

Portlanders Waging War on ... Port-a-Potties

Units are meant to benefit the homeless population

(Newser) - Residents of Portland, Ore., should "take a minute to think about what it would be like to not have working plumbing in their homes … before sending profanity-laden threats." That's the message from Heather Hafer, a public information officer, whose initial excitement at $75,000 per month...

Strangers Take Action After Seeing 'Anguished' Man's Photo

They find Sang Yang living on the streets of LA, and drive him back home

(Newser) - An image of a homeless man inspired a group of strangers to find him and drive him over 2,000 miles back to his home state, ABC10 reports. Daniel Lee was among people who read about Sang Yang's plight on a photographer's website : Sang was described as being...

Homeless Woman Caught Dancing After Job Interview

'I was elated, excited and so overwhelmed,' says Kayallah Jones

(Newser) - Kayallah Jones had a good reason to dance, and she sure did. The Atlanta woman broke into what ABC7 calls "a happy dance" after a September job interview at a restaurant called The Spot. Surveillance cameras captured Jones—who had endured two years of homelessness—breaking free in the...

Cops: Blankets Gave Away Squatter in Stadium's Luxury Suite

'He made himself quite at home': Fla. police on homeless man's alleged 2-week stay at stadium

(Newser) - Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg is the home of the Tampa Bay Rowdies pro soccer team—and for at least two weeks, it was also the home of an uninvited visitor. Police in the Florida city say Daniel Albert Neja, a 39-year-old homeless man, was arrested Sunday evening at...

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...

Cops: Man Poisoned Homeless People, Filmed Reactions

The crime 'shocks the conscience,' police say

(Newser) - A California man is accused of poisoning at least eight homeless people in a crime that "shocks the conscience," authorities say. William Robert Cable, 38, and a juvenile male relative allegedly gave victims food laced with oleoresin capsicum, the main ingredient in pepper spray, and recorded them having...

Denzel Guides Police as They Frisk Black Man

The actor is praised for stepping in to help a homeless man

(Newser) - Social media is applauding Denzel Washington for helping out a homeless man in Los Angeles—an encounter that (as people are pointing out) ended much differently than the arrest of George Floyd. Seems the Hollywood icon saw the man wandering out on La Cienega Blvd. and pulled over, then chatted...

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...

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Dominic Van Allen built himself a bunker beneath a London park, but rangers finally found it

(Newser) - In pricey London, Dominic Van Allen had found a sweet spot to live. "You had the train station, you had a cafe, you had a Starbucks, you had the hospital, you had the 168 bus, the 24, the 46," he recounts. "It was bloody brilliant." Even...

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...

Moms Booted From Home That Wasn't Theirs Get Good News

Nonprofit land trust to buy Oakland residence from developer, let homeless evicted families back in

(Newser) - The homeless moms who were booted from a vacant residence in Oakland, Calif., will soon be able to call it home again. The members of activist group Moms 4 Housing had been served an eviction notice by Wedgewood Inc., a developer that specializes in flipping houses, and last week, sheriff'...

Homeless Moms Evicted From Vacant Home in 'Act of War'

'This isn't over'

(Newser) - Four people were arrested Tuesday when Alameda County Sheriff's deputies showed up to evict a group of homeless mothers who'd taken up residence in a vacant home in Oakland, Calif. NBC News and the Mercury News report that members of Moms 4 Housing, an activist group trying to...

City Official's Idea to House Homeless: Cruise Liner

Oakland's city council president says it could house up to 1,000

(Newser) - A San Francisco Bay Area city official wants to explore the possibility of using a cruise ship to house up to 1,000 homeless people amid a high cost of living and a shortage of housing, the AP reports. Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan told a council meeting Tuesday...

'Lawnmower Man' Gets New Memorial—With a Note

Carlos Ramirez was beloved in his community

(Newser) - The first memorial honoring Carlos Ramirez was outright stolen. Now a second has appeared for the New Mexico homeless man with a note to prospective thieves: "Please don't take this mower," it says, per KRQE . "Like the first one it has been disabled and is no...

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