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  • Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet

    05/20/2017 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 173 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/17/2017 | Joseph J. Kolb
    town into homeless magnet By Joseph J. Kolb Published May 17, 2017 Fox News NOW PLAYING New poll shows shift on marijuana legalization From his sidewalk vantage point in front of an outdoor equipment store in downtown Durango, Colo., Matthew Marinseck has seen a transformation in this mountain resort town. The picturesque town near the New Mexico border, once a vibrant, upscale community dotted with luxury hotels, is being overrun by panhandlers – thanks, in part, to the legalization of marijuana. The town suddenly became a haven for recreational pot users, drawing in transients, panhandlers and a large number of...
  • 7 things we know about the I-85 bridge collapse two weeks later

    04/27/2017 10:56:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | April 18, 2017 | Fiza Pirani
    It’s been at least two weeks since a massive fire caused a section of I-85 to collapse, throwing metro Atlanta traffic into gridlock and leaving many wondering who exactly was to blame. » The latest: Man charged with I-85 bridge fire pleads not guilty, to be released on bond Here’s what we know so far: Who’s at fault? Basil Eleby, 39, was charged with starting the fire. On Tuesday, April 18, Eleby pleaded not guilty to arson and criminal trespass charges and is expected to be released on a $10,000 signature bond. According to AJC’s Rhonda Cook, Fulton County Superior...
  • Portable toilets converted into homes for homeless (CA)

    04/08/2017 2:49:52 PM PDT · by 11th_VA · 107 replies
    KBZK News ^ | Apr 08, 2017 6:19 AM PDT By CBS News
    LOS ANGELES - A Los Angeles man says he’s found a solution to the city’s housing crisis in the most unlikeliest of places. T.K. Devine wants to help solve L.A.’s homeless problem with portable toilets. “Folks who are living it rough and living on the streets and are trying to make a better life for themselves, they need consistency,” Devine told CBS Los Angeles. “They need a good night’s rest.” The 35-year-old founder of Porta-Home is converting portable toilets into portable homes out of a downtown Los Angeles warehouse, including one built for himself....The system rests on a trailer that...
  • I-85 collapse: Three arrested after major fire under Atlanta highway

    04/01/2017 6:13:39 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 89 replies
    CNN ^ | April 1, 2017 | By Jason Hanna, Faith Karimi and Steve Almasy
    A man has been arrested on suspicion of intentionally setting a huge fire that brought down part of an elevated interstate highway in Atlanta, a collapse that is expected to complicate traffic for months in one of the nation's most congested cities. Basil Eleby and two other people -- all believed by investigators to be homeless -- have been arrested in connection with Thursday evening's fire under Interstate 85, Jay Florence, deputy insurance and safety fire commissioner, said Friday. Eleby has been charged with first-degree criminal damage to property, Florence said. The other two -- Sophia Bruner and Barry Thomas...
  • Portland to Put Homeless People in Homeowners’ Backyards ( re-run but the comments are funnier)

    03/20/2017 7:05:02 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 53 replies
    gateway pundit ^ | 3-20-17 | Cristina Laila
    Jay Patriot • 5 hours ago This is absolutely hilarious! The hobos will lounge around their pod all day, smoking weed and drinking booze while they wait for the idiot homeowner to come home from work and feed them. This program will be fun to watch and I hope that neighbors with brains will chronicle this insanity and share it with the world. Also, I really like the idea of the see-thru pod that is depicted. Nothing nicer than looking out your window and seeing your hobo slamming his old lady, boppin' his boloney, shooting up heroin, smoking meth, etc...
  • Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard? Portland offers residents free tiny homes...

    03/19/2017 9:22:14 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 106 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03/19/2017 | By Associated Press and Jordan Gass-Poore
    Full Headline: Would YOU let a homeless person live in your backyard? Portland offers residents free tiny homes if they rent it to families who are on the street .... Faced with an intractable homeless problem, officials in Portland are thinking inside the box. A handful of homeless families will soon move into tiny, government-constructed modular units in the backyards of willing homeowners.
  • Multnomah County offers incentives for homeowners to house homeless in backyards

    03/18/2017 11:10:33 AM PDT · by Twotone · 79 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | March 16, 2017 | Molly Harbarger
    With more than $300,000 and volunteer homeowners, Multnomah County has a new idea to fight homelessness: Build tiny houses in people's backyards and rent them out to families with children now living on the street. The homeowners would pay nothing for the construction. They would become landlords and maintain the units for homeless families for five years. Then the tiny houses would become theirs to do with what they want. If the homeowners break the contract before then, they pay the cost of construction. The project would put the 8-month-old joint homeless office - a shared effort between the county...
  • I was a student lobbyist, a ladder climber and homeless (Vanity, I guess)

    03/16/2017 5:59:17 AM PDT · by honurider · 10 replies
    3/16/2017 | Honurider
    When I was 17, I had a chance to be a student lobbyist. I was part of a group of students from several high schools in our state. As a student lobbyist I went to the state capital and spoke before a group of state legislators. The topic was ‘after school’ programs and coincidentally there was to be a vote on funding for such, that day. So the group went to the photo op, I mean hearing, and provided our two cents. After which we got to go see the state legislature in action. At this meeting of the legislators,...
  • Miami Beach Police arrest suspect in keying of swastikas into cars

    03/08/2017 2:14:02 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 19 replies
    WSVN-TV ^ | 3/7/17
    Miami Beach Police detectives have made an arrest in the recent case where swastikas were found etched onto parked vehicles in Miami Beach. The accused subject, 61-year-old Timothy Merriam, is already in jail on other charges, according to a tweet sent by MBPD.
  • Man in jail after attack on homeless person ‘decoy’ in downtown Las Vegas

    03/04/2017 6:53:07 AM PST · by mac_truck · 30 replies
    Las Vegas Review Journal ^ | 3/3/17 | DAVID FERRARA
    A mannequin, covered with blankets and positioned to resemble a homeless person sleeping on the sidewalk, was attacked with a hammer near downtown Las Vegas. The suspect told Las Vegas police he knew it wasn’t a human. But homicide detectives who staged the mannequin scene say they believe 30-year-old Shane Schindler was out to kill. Two homeless men were bludgeoned to death within a month’s time earlier this year, and Schindler’s arrest report indicates that he attacked the police decoy in a similar fashion. Schindler appeared in court this week, facing one count of carrying a concealed weapon.
  • Security guard opens up his heart and house to a homeless father and son

    03/01/2017 8:52:03 AM PST · by lowbridge · 8 replies
    Fox5atlanta.com ^ | February 22, 2017 | Aungelique Proctor
    LaMont Hammond and his 8-year-old son did not have enough money for a hotel room, so the proud father took his son to the nearby Waffle House to plan his next move. That is where he met security guard Amen Webster who said he could see the pain all over Mr. Hammond's face. Webster went over to Hammond's table and asked what was wrong. "I really was about to cry, but I was trying to be strong for my son. I did not have enough money for a hotel room. They were all too expensive. I was stressed out because...
  • Robert Rosebrock, Unsung, Faithful Hero of Homeless War Vets

    02/24/2017 9:37:26 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/24/17 | Judi McLeod
    God bless Robert Rosebrock who dedicates his lifetime to bring Homeless war vets HOME Like an indelible vision of long-gone soldiers that live forever in the memories of their loved ones, Robert Rosebrock has appeared for more than 500 consecutive Sundays and every Memorial Day since March 9, 2008 outside the gates of the Greater Los Angeles Veterans Affairs (GLAVA) park calling public attention to America’s abandoned homeless veterans. It’s a tragic pictorial of homeless and hungry war veterans coming to peer longingly through the gates at what is rightfully theirs through a wrought iron fence.
  • Fire engulfs Philippine slum, thousands homeless

    02/08/2017 4:37:02 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 8, 2017 | Agence France-Press
    As many as 15,000 people are homeless after a huge fire engulfed an overcrowded slum in Manila, destroying thousands of homes and sending residents fleeing with their few possessions. The inferno started in a sprawling slum near the port late Tuesday and raged for about 10 hours, as hundreds of firefighters from across the Philippine capital hauled their hoses across rickety, tin roofs to reach the flames. As the blaze whipped across the squalid area, sending a huge plume of smoke billowing into the night sky, residents ran for their lives carrying refrigerators, religious icons and other valuables. Others, desperate...
  • Am I the only one to notice (Homeless and drugs)

    02/02/2017 3:30:09 PM PST · by rey · 39 replies
    2 Feb 2017
    Am I the only one to notice this? I had an appointment canceled so I was in a local sports bar. I noticed the homeless guy who had replaced the previous homeless guy on the street corner with a sign. I always joked that it must be an union job as they seem to have limited hours and worked shifts. A few stop and give him change. Eventually, a young woman approaches and gives him a wad of money larger than a coffee mug. He passes her a bag. They talk a little. She leaves. He panhandles another few minutes...
  • WUt? DC mayor wants to kick out the homeless, but defend illegal aliens

    01/16/2017 6:46:06 AM PST · by 198ml · 31 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 1/16/17 | Carly Hoilman
    In September, D.C.’s Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser introduced the Homeless Services Modernization Amendment Act, in order to update and improve the 2005 Homeless Services Reform Act. The proposed legislation would now require homeless individuals seeking shelter to provide proof of residency, to ensure that District residents receive priority. Ironically, the city has taken the exact opposite approach to the issue of illegal immigration. Mayor Bowser announced this week that she has pledged $500,000 in taxpayer money for a grant program to help illegal-immigrant residents in deportation proceedings, among other services. Interestingly enough, there seems to be no requirements for such...
  • Homeless man, 23, 'hacked another vagrant with a machete, stomped on his head then.......

    01/09/2017 12:08:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | January 9, 2017 | Snejana Farberov For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: Homeless man, 23, 'hacked another vagrant with a machete, stomped on his head then threw him into frigid river in snowball fight gone wrong' A homeless man from West Virginia has been charged in a brutal machete attack on another vagrant man, who was then hurled into a ice-cold river. The violent altercation occurred Sunday morning in the Kanawha City section of Charleston. Charleston police Lt. Steve Cooper says 23-year-old Brandon Thompson was charged with attempted murder and malicious wounding. According to Cooper, the victim, identified as 19-year-old Brandon Robinson, hasn't been located as of Monday morning and...
  • SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS

    12/23/2016 11:05:49 AM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer ^ | 12.22.16 | U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand
    SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 38 UPSTATE NEW YORK COUNTIES WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE MORE THAN $60 MILLION IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR 38 UPSTATE NEW YORK COUNTIES WORKING TO END HOMELESSNESS  Funding Will Be Used to Help Non-Profits, Local Governments Relocate Homeless Individuals & Families, Promote Self-Sufficiency Programs U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $60,177,796 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for 38 counties across Upstate NY that promote the goal of ending homelessness. The funding was allocated through HUD’s Continuum of...
  • San Fran Billionaire Luanches Plan To House Homeless In Shipping Containers

    12/22/2016 9:20:24 AM PST · by Perseverando · 49 replies
    ZeroHedge.com ^ | December 21, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Last year we noted, via the Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, that rents in San Francisco and surrounding areas had grown so out of control that even Ivy Leaguers, like 31 year old Luke Iseman of The Wharton School, were having a hard time making ends meet. After growing tired of renting a run down, tiny apartment for $4,200 per month, Iseman decided to take a novel approach to housing. So he rented out a warehouse space and filled it with 11 steel shipping containers that he now rents out as makeshift apartments for $1,000 per month. We learn more from Bloomberg:...
  • The Tent Cities of San Francisco

    12/18/2016 12:22:54 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    New York Times ^ | DEC. 17, 2016 | DANIEL DUANE
    California may be the new capital of American liberalism, but everybody who likes the sound of that ought to consider the fate of three recent San Francisco ballot initiatives. The first, Proposition Q, aimed to eliminate homeless people’s unsightly tent camps by banning sidewalk tents and empowering the police to confiscate them with 24 hours notice so long as occupants were offered beds in shelters. San Francisco has only 1,203 emergency adult shelter beds, for a homeless population of 6,700, but a second initiative, Proposition J, promised to ease that shortfall by earmarking $50 million a year from a small...
  • Police Respond After Taking Blankets From Homeless

    12/16/2016 5:22:41 PM PST · by Morgana · 32 replies
    cbslocal.com ^ | December 15, 2016 | staff
    DENVER (CBS4)– The Denver Police Department is defending officers who were caught on video taking blankets and tents from homeless people when temperatures dropped to below freezing overnight. The American Civil Liberties Union posted video on Facebook that shows Denver police officers confiscating blankets from people who were camped out in 20 degree weather. VIDEO ON LINK