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  • Homeless 'Bill of Rights' Could Turn Public Facilities into Impromptu Shelters

    11/18/2015 5:40:59 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 9 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 11/16/2015 | Anne Schieber
    Traverse City's governing body recently passed a resolution that among other things could make it harder for libraries and other public facilities to enforce rules banning vagrants from using their facility as a place to hang out. “A Resolution Recognizing the Rights of Homeless Persons," as the document is titled, is the product of an arm of city government called the Human Rights Commission. Commission member Patricia Nugent said, “We’re trying to be proactive. The population has grown in the last few years and we don’t want to see bad things start to happen.” By “bad things,” Nugent means laws...
  • Making Bratton's Point, NYC Homeless Man -aka 'Bum'- Rakes in $200/hr Begging in Manhattan

    11/11/2015 7:18:27 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 21 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 11 November 2015 | Reaganite Republican
    Maybe people need to start listening to NYC Police CommissionerBill Brattonwhen he recently suggested that New Yorkers refrain from giving money to streetbeggars if they'd like to alleviate the panhandling epidemic brought on by the serially-misguided DeBlasio era. Of course he was immediately attacked as some sort of heartless monster by the left with hashtagsand worse... And while I can't prove how much heart the NYPD's head cop may-or-may-not have, he's got to have one hell of a lot more brains in his head than the 'progressive' NYers now inflicting their knee-jerk' 'caring' on the man: handing drunks...
  • In Quest To End Homelessness, Some Developers Are Going High-End (NPR)

    11/04/2015 4:49:45 AM PST · by Drango · 18 replies
    NPR ^ | Nov 4 '15 | Pam Fessler
    Ending homelessness isn't just about finding a home. Sometimes, it's about finding a nice home — a place that's bright, modern and healthy to live in. That's the idea fueling the development of a number of buildings around the country, as communities try to move chronically homeless people off the streets. In downtown Washington, D.C., one of those buildings is currently going up right beside NPR's headquarters. Still under construction, the structure looks a little like four huge blocks, stacked atop each other and slightly askew. At 14 stories high, it will have a striking view of the U.S. Capitol...
  • Seattle Mayor declares ‘civil emergency’ as homelessness increases 21 percent

    11/02/2015 11:24:12 AM PST · by simpson96 · 71 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | 11/2/2015 | Staff
    In response to what the Seattle mayor calls a growing homeless crisis in the city, Ed Murray signed a proclamation declaring a civil emergency.More than 2,800 men, women, and children are without shelter on the streets of Seattle, which is a 21 percent increase from last year, according to the latest overnight count. "We are in a moment of our history where decades of service cuts, growing inequality, and untreated mental health and drug [addiction] has finally resulted in a human crisis seen in the history of our city -- indeed in the history of our nation," Murray said.(snip) Many...
  • High school students volunteer as pallbearers for homeless veterans

    11/01/2015 7:31:33 PM PST · by lowbridge · 14 replies ^ | october 31, 2015
    Some Michigan high school students are redefining the term "extracurricular activity." In addition to club meetings, band practices and football games, University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy teens are also signing up to serve as pallbearers for homeless veterans. Six students recently volunteered to be pallbearers for three dead homeless veterans. Senior Joshua Gonzales is one of the student leaders who helped develop the program. He said this new opportunity for students is "meant to help dignify and respect the human being." The students' initial plan was to carry the caskets for homeless individuals, said the Rev. Karl...
  • Please Pray for My Brother Bill and all our Homeless Especially Veterans

    10/28/2015 8:07:00 AM PDT · by infool7 · 57 replies
    self | 10/28/15 | self
    I need some Prayers for my brother who despite what meager efforts my wife and I have been able to muster for him has been unable to pick himself up and get back on his own two feet. He has been struggling with esophageal cancer and lost his position in the Navy then his apartment. We had moved his belongings into a public storage while he transitioned to another apartment that never materialized. He has not been able to make any payments and soon the contents will go up for auction and his birthday is Friday.
  • Man Knocked Out by Hot Sauce in Fight Over Graham Crackers

    10/10/2015 7:39:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Oct 10, 2015
    Police say a man threw a hot sauce bottle and knocked his victim unconscious in a fight over graham crackers. Riveria Beach police say Shawn Deandre Thomas was eating graham crackers this week at a church that provides meals for the homeless. Authorities said Thomas became upset when someone asked for his crackers so he picked up a bottle of hot sauce and allegedly threw it at the man's head, knocking him unconscious. According to a police report, Thomas also punched another man in the throat when he tried to intervene. Thomas is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly...
  • Homeless woman found dead at Hong Kong McDonalds 24 hours after she sat down

    10/05/2015 6:19:05 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 21 replies ^ | UPDATED : Sunday, 04 October, 2015, 8:22pm | Gloria Chan
    Social welfare groups have raised concerns about the lack of support for people living on the fringes of society Police are trying to confirm the identity of a homeless woman who was found dead in a 24-hour McDonalds outlet at a public housing estate in Kowloon Bay yesterday morning. The case has raised concern among social welfare groups about the lack of support for people living on the fringes of society. The woman, aged around 50 to 60 years, was found slumped over her table in a quiet corner, 24 hours after she entered the restaurant at Ping Shek Estate,...
  • Politician Says Homeless People Should Be Put Down By Lethal Injection (Mexico)

    09/30/2015 7:22:25 AM PDT · by bgill · 45 replies
    andyjwellstumblr ^ | unknown | Andy Wells
    Olga Gutierrez Machorro believes that beggars should be culled with lethal injection, believing it to be in their best interests. She said: Yes theyre a little crazy, but theyre harmless. Which is why I think to myself wouldnt it be kinder to just give them a lethal injection? Unbelievably, Machorro, who is a member of the local government in Tecamachalco, Mexico, is also the councillor responsible for the Vulnerable Groups Commission - who try to find ways to help the homeless and disadvantaged.
  • Mexican representative suggests homeless should be culled with lethal injections

    09/29/2015 2:11:14 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/28/15 | Jennifer Newton
    Mexican representative for the vulnerable suggests homeless should be culled with lethal injections **SNIP** Her remarks, reported in local newspaper Cambio, came when she alleged that the local government lacked the necessary resources to deal with an increasing number of beggars on the streets. She claimed that she herself had a big heart but was unable to solve the homeless problem alone. Ms Machorro also said that she had often offered her home and office as a sanctuary for those individuals with nowhere to go - but said it wasn't a real solution. She explained: 'Yes they're a little crazy,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: New York 2015 - FOUR THOUSAND sleeping on the streets, 80 homeless encampments in the...

    09/04/2015 7:49:59 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies ^ | 9/04/15 | Shekhar Bhatia
    EXCLUSIVE: New York 2015 - FOUR THOUSAND sleeping on the streets, 80 homeless encampments in the city and beggars making $75 a day as arrests for panhandling and street drinking plunge They are sleeping in front of the Empire State building, sprawled in front of the doors of Macy's, and panhandling outside Grand Central. New York is in the grip of a homeless epidemic so bad that it has raised fears of the city slipping back into the disorder of the 1970s and 1980s. The city's police chief this week said that as many as 4,000 people are now sleeping...
  • K2, a Potent Drug, Casts a Shadow Over an East Harlem Block

    09/02/2015 11:34:35 AM PDT · by Theoria · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 02 Sep 2015 | Nicholas Casey
    It was early afternoon when the man with the twitching legs was dragged from the ground into an ambulance. Another man selling books washed away the vomit.A man named Charlie Medina sat at the same spot a few days later, unable to remember his name before he fell into a trance with his jaw open and his eyes dilated.And the lovers. They were unable to find a room. One pulled off the others shirt and her bra, then started to kiss her bruised breasts while a small crowd gathered to watch.The people here on this stretch of 125th Street in...
  • Gift Cards for the Homeless: A Better Idea Than Throwing Them in Jail?

    08/29/2015 12:04:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Fri, Aug 28, 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    San Francisco has had it with the homeless. First came the Chronicles obsessive summer of op-eds and thinly reported screeds; then came Mayor Lees announcement threat that the homeless must leave before the Super Bowl PR machine rolls into town; and yesterday Supervisor Scott Wiener put a semantic twist on the whole fracas, arguing its not the homeless were vilifying but unsavory street behavior." The public outcry has no real center but, like a dragnet, implicates everything from mental illness and substance abuse, to access to public restrooms and street encampments. Theres a cacophony of complaints (and rallying cries) but...
  • How to solve San Francisco's homeless pooping problem

    08/26/2015 6:37:45 PM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 63 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 08/26/2015 | Brandon M. Mercer
    San Francisco is known for its Golden Gate Bridge, world class cuisine, panoply of cultures, striking skyline, frigid fog, and homeless. More specifically, aggressive panhandling and homeless defecating and urinating in public. And sometimes doing even worse things. With the holiday shopping season coming, and Super Bowl 50 right behind, the city by the bay will be in the national spotlight once again, and so will images. While Mayor Ed Lee announced this week that "the homeless must leave the street" for Super Bowl 50, it's more what they leave behind on the street that is a concern for the...
  • Team Obamas Fight to Keep the Homeless Living on the Streets

    08/24/2015 10:27:08 AM PDT · by detective · 8 replies
    AIM ^ | August 24, 2015 | Betsy McCaughey
    Americas homeless are lawyering up to fight for a right to live on the street your neighborhood and personal safety be damned. From Fort Lauderdale to Los Angeles, cities are struggling with a surge in people living in cardboard boxes and doorways. Local lawmakers are trying to ban camping out in public, and ordering police to clear the fetid encampments. But lawyers for the homeless are pushing back. Theyre demanding that sleeping rough be legally protected. In Denver, where living on the street is outlawed, lawyers for the homeless want to guarantee vagrants the right to use and move...
  • What Terror? Train Gunman Wanted to Rob People, Lawyer Says

    08/23/2015 7:14:55 AM PDT · by PROCON · 102 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 23, 2015 | AP
    PARIS The gunman who was disarmed by passengers on a train in France two days ago looked weak and malnourished and said he had only meant to rob people, a lawyer who interviewed him after the attack said on Sunday. "(I saw) somebody who was very sick, somebody very weakened physically, as if he suffered from malnutrition, very, very thin and very haggard," the lawyer, Sophie David, told BFMTV.
  • Some People Choose to Be Homeless

    08/18/2015 7:38:48 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | August 18, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    The Obama Department of Justice argued last week that a Boise, Idaho, law against "public sleeping in a city without adequate shelter space constitutes criminalizing homelessness itself, in violation of the Eighth Amendment." In a statement of interest filed in federal court, the Obama administration asserted that banning sleeping and camping in public places constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment." Republican candidates, please take note. Mike Journee, spokesman for Boise Mayor David Bieter, described his city as "a fairly progressive island in a deeply red state." Bieter is trying to address homelessness, Journee told me, "from a holistic standpoint" -- and...
  • Its Not Compassionate to Allow Addicts and the Mentally Ill to Live on the Streets

    08/17/2015 7:23:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/17/2015 | John Fund
    San Francisco — The homeless are a challenge for almost every American city, but nothing like they are for San Francisco. The city’s mild, year-round climate, famously liberal “live and let live” attitude, and a dense network of social services have made the problem worse than ever there. The city has some 3,200 people living on its streets, and the number is growing. Two recent news items brought the issue into sharp focus. First, a light pole collapsed downtown, crushing a car and barely missing the driver. The cause? It had been corroded by urine aimed at it by street...
  • Its unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside, the federal government says

    08/14/2015 5:45:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/14/2015 | Emily Badger
    We all need sleep, which is a fact of life but also a legally important point. Last week, the Department of Justice argued as much in a statement of interest it filed in a relatively obscure case in Boise, Idaho, that could impact how cities regulate and punish homelessness. Boise, like many cities the number of which has swelled since the recession has an ordinance banning sleeping or camping in public places. But such laws, the DOJ says, effectively criminalize homelessness itself in situations where people simply have nowhere else to sleep. From the DOJ's filing: When adequate...
  • Feds: Its unconstitutional to ban the homeless from sleeping outside

    08/13/2015 6:17:34 PM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/13/15 | Emily Badger
    We all need sleep, which is a fact of life but also a legally important point. Last week, the Department of Justice argued as much in a statement of interest it filed in a relatively obscure case in Boise, Idaho, that could impact how cities regulate and punish homelessness. Boise, like many cities the number of which has swelled since the recession has an ordinance banning sleeping or camping in public places. But such laws, the DOJ says, effectively criminalize homelessness itself in situations where people simply have nowhere else to sleep.
  • CA: Homeless man Saves Woman, Survives Gunfight

    08/11/2015 6:51:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 August, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Paul Deleon On Wednesday, 5 August, 2015, an armed homeless man stopped a brutal assault on a teen-aged woman, then likely saved his own life in a dramatic gunfight. It occurred in Fresno County, California. From Deputies discovered there was a domestic disturbance nearby in the parking lot of Fresno Liquor (5596 E. Griffith Way). Two men in a white Lexus pulled up next to two women standing by the store. One of the men got out of the car and began to kick and punch one of the women, a 19-year-old. She was later determined to be...
  • STENCH AND THE CITY: SFS SUMMER OF URINE ["Theyve Put A Pissoir In Dolores Park"]

    08/10/2015 1:49:16 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 28 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | August 10, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    STENCH AND THE CITY: SFS SUMMER OF URINE If youre going to San Francisco, be sure to plug your nose. By Debra J. Saunders 8.10.15 How bad is the urine situation in San Francisco? This is not a joke: Monday night, a light pole corroded by urine collapsed and crashed onto a car, narrowly missing the driver. The smell is worse than I have known since I started working for The Chronicle in 1992. It hits your nose on the BART escalator before you reach Market Street. That sour smell can bake for blocks where street people sleep wrapped...
  • The Federal Government Says Being Homeless Should Not Be A Crime (Right to Sleep in Public Places)

    08/07/2015 1:49:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | August 6, 2015 | Ryan J. Reilly
    Laws that make it a crime for homeless people to sleep in public places even when there isn't enough room for them at a shelter unconstitutionally punish the homeless, lawyers for the Obama administration said in a court filing on Thursday. The federal government took this position against so-called anti-camping laws in an ongoing case against the city of Boise, Idaho, which has enforced ordinances banning sleeping in public spaces and ended up convicting homeless plaintiffs.
  • Urination, defecation, and masturbation outside NYC college

    07/31/2015 12:05:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 30, 2015 | Kevin Fasick and Beckie Strum
    The glass facade of Cooper Unions $111 million academic building offers a remarkable view of a back alley packed with vagrants. I have seen drug deals, public urination, defecation, masturbation in broad daylight in the Taras Shevchenko alley, a Cooper Union faculty member told The Post. Its a place where many homeless congregate to sleep right in front of a church and between a high school and a college, the faculty member added.
  • Residents blast NYPD guard tower: Bums are still here

    07/28/2015 5:58:24 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2015 | Frank Rosario and Bruce Golding
    The elevated SkyWatch booth was erected July 21 following a Post expos about the hordes of homeless people taking over the park and Mayor de Blasios subsequent visit to chat up vagrants there.
  • San Francisco combats the stench of urine with pee-repellant paint

    07/26/2015 6:13:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 31 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jul 25, 2015
    Don't get into a pissing match with walls in San Francisco. The city's Public Works agency is testing a pee-repellant paint on walls in areas that have been saturated with urine. Anyone urinating on the specially treated walls will get the spray splashed back onto them. [Snip] "The urine will bounce back on the guys pants and shoes. The idea is they will think twice next time about urinating in public," said Rachel Gordon, a Public Works Department spokeswoman. She said the super-hard coating made the "bounce back" effect much stronger than when peeing on a regular wall.
  • Cops keep de Blasio in a bum-free bubble

    07/18/2015 3:24:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 18, 2015 | Kevin Fasick
    No wonder he doesnt think theres a problem. The police have been laboring to keep Mayor de Blasio in a bum-free bubble clearing nuisance-causing vagrants from his view at Gracie Mansion and as he travels in the city. On Wednesday, two hours before de Blasio was due to walk through Washington Square Park, cops arrived en masse to clear out the quality-of-life-ruining bums who drink from paper bags, sprawl on benches and pee in public. They had to clear all the homeless out before he got there, for a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at the NYU Islamic Center, said one...
  • Bums think de Blasio is the best mayor ever

    07/14/2015 7:21:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies ^ | July 14, 2015 | Frank Rosario, Melkorka Licea and Bruce Golding
    Bums across the city hailed Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday for relaxing enforcement against homeless panhandlers, saying it hasnt been this good for them in years. I want to thank de Blasio for taking it easy on us. Its easier for me to get by. Because of him, nobody bothers me, said Phil Zasel, 63, who was hanging out near Bellevue Hospital with several sacks of belongings. Its better out here now. Its the best time to be homeless. The weather is nice. I feel like Im in California. So Id rather be out here until it gets cold.
  • Where Did All The Homeless Go?

    07/13/2015 6:15:08 AM PDT · by The Louiswu · 46 replies
    Me | 7/13/15 | TheLouisw
    My wife has to take trips to San Francisco every couple of months for business and each time she comes back with the same observation, "there are a great many people who appear to be living on the street and maybe homeless. " I have not seen this for myself yet but I began to wonder why there seems to be no or very few stories about the homeless in the news these days. I remember hearing and reading about the homeless situation in this county almost every day when President Bush was in office but now I can't remember...
  • 'Buck Naked, People Doing Sex': Families Furious at Hollywood Hills Airbnb 'Campsite'

    07/02/2015 10:24:53 AM PDT · by Bubba_Leroy · 24 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | July 2, 2015 | Michael Larkin and Gadi Schwartz
    Families in an affluent Hollywood Hills community are outraged after claiming to see people openly drinking and having sex on a campsite being rented out in their community. Advertised through the Airbnb website, the site is advertised as a "Hollywood Hills Camping Retreat" on La Punta Drive, but sits in middle of a multimillion-dollar neighborhood. For the cost of $40 per night or $800 a month people get a tent, spectacular views and are within short walking distance of the Hollywood sign. The listing appeared to have been taken down as of Thursday morning. But people living in...
  • San Francisco's Homeless Policies Have Been a $1.5 Billion Failure

    06/18/2015 3:27:56 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Thu, Jun 18, 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    A major new report from the nonprofit Coalition on Homelessness investigates how criminalizing homelessness in San Francisco has only exacerbated the crisis. Much like Americas War on Drugs, the citys crackdown on homelessness has been a costly failure, leaving in its wake people who feel victimized by the very system thats supposed to help them. The reports title, Punishing the Poorest, neatly sums up city policy. Since 1981, San Francisco has passed more local measures to criminalize sleeping, sitting, or panhandling in public spaces than any other city in California, the report states. In fact, San Francisco has 23 state...
  • Unity urged at memorial for man killed by police on skid row (Illegal African & felon)

    05/18/2015 2:25:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | May 17, 2015 | Gale Holland
    * At memorial for man killed in police shooting on skid row, church leaders call for Pan-African unity * Pastor warns of 'ongoing challenge' of police brutality against black menCalling for Pan-African unity in the protest movement against police violence, eight church leaders led a fiery service Saturday for Charly Leundeu Keunang, a homeless man shot and killed on skid row by Los Angeles police in a videotaped struggle seen around the world.. "Whether it's Ezell Ford, or whether it's Michael Brown or Trayvon Martin, we have seen an ongoing challenge around police brutality as regards black men," said Sauls,...
  • Feud over Miami homeless leads to creation of poop map

    05/17/2015 12:39:25 PM PDT · by Theoria · 43 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 14 May 2015 | David Smiley
    Tasked with marketing Miami to tourists and investors, the tax-funded Downtown Development Authority has plenty of maps highlighting restaurants, tourist attractions and real estate development.On Thursday, they unveiled their latest: a detailed map showing where people popped a squat on downtown streets. The scatological atlas, smiling poop emojis and all, was created amid a swirling dispute between downtown boosters and the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust over how to get homeless men and women off the street, and how to deal with corresponding sanitation issues. The two public agencies have been feuding for about a year now, dating back to the creation...
  • Homeless Millennials Are Transforming Hobo Culture

    04/19/2015 4:40:50 PM PDT · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Newsweek via MSN ^ | 4/19/15 | Betsy Isaacson
    On Reddit, hes /u/huckstah, an administrator on /r/vagabond, a subreddit with nearly 10,000 membersmany of them identify as homelesswho trade skills and stories. On the road and the rails, hes Huck, and even after we speak twice by cellphone, he tells me hed prefer I dont print his real name. People say, Well, you chose to become homeless. But thats wrong, he says. Huck says hes been a hobo for upward of 11 years and started hopping trains and hitching rides at 18. I did not choose to become homeless. If you want to say I chose to become homeless...
  • No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

    03/20/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    cruxnow ^ | March 19, 2015 | Linda Kaufman
    WASHINGTON St. Marys Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Marys isnt alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. Heres what we tried at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue about...
  • San Francisco Saint Marys Cathedral Drenches Homeless With Water To Keep Them Away

    03/18/2015 6:26:18 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 81 replies
    CBS ^ | March 18, 2015
    SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) KCBS has learned that Saint Marys Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedrals doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless people at night. They actually have signs in there that say, No Trespassing, said a homeless man named Robert. But there are no signs warning the homeless about what happens in these doorways, at various times, all through the night....
  • Homeless bill of rights up for Sacramento debate

    03/08/2015 7:47:29 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 7 replies
    CalWatchDog ^ | 06 Mar, 2015 | James Poulos
    t could soon get easier to live on the streets in the Golden State. As controversy swirled around the police shooting of a homeless and mentally ill man on Skid Row in Los Angeles, legislators in California considered a new set of regulations activists said would decriminalize homelessness by providing a so-called right to rest in public.
  • BREAKING: Cop Throws Elderly Man Down, Slaps Him in the Face, For Trying to Use a Restroom

    02/24/2015 2:03:58 PM PST · by redreno · 92 replies ^ | 02/23/2015 | By Cassandra Rules
    Ft. Lauderdale, FL A video uploaded to YouTube on Sunday shows Fort Lauderdale police officer Victor Ramirez harassing and assaulting an elderly gentleman at the Broward Bus Terminal in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The man is not being aggressive or threatening in any way when he is shoved to the ground and slapped by the officer. The man was reportedly trying to use the bus terminals restroom. The guy didnt raise his hand to the officer at all, a witness told Local 10 News. The officer just knocked him down with his hands. The guy was defenseless.
  • Suspect arrested in Islamic center fire (Homeless guy)

    02/16/2015 7:12:42 PM PST · by SSS Two · 11 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Updated: February 16, 2015 6:19pm | By Mike Morris
    Houston arson investigators have made an arrest in the early morning fire Friday at an Islamic center on the city's southeast side, fire department officials said late Monday. Darryl Ferguson, 55, of Houston, has been charged with felony first degree arson for the fire, according to HFD investigators. The arrest was announced at a 6 p.m. news conference at HFD's arson headquarters. Investigators say the suspect "rolled up on his bicycle" to speak to them about the fire during an on-scene investigation Monday.
  • Venice Residents Sue LA City, County Over Lawless Boardwalk

    02/04/2015 8:30:46 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    The lawsuit filed by the Venice Stakeholders Association claims authorities are failing to enforce no camping laws, which has created a public nuisance and dangerous conditions in one of L.A.s most popular tourist stops. Mark Ryavec, the president of the Venice Stakeholders Association, told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO that the lack of enforcement has spurred more physical attacks by drug-addicted and mentally ill homeless people. ... Ryavec believes officials have a double standard when it comes to public safety in Venice compared with other beach cities. It is only at the Venice Beach Recreation Area and on adjoining streets that...
  • Sarah Palin talks 2016 bid while serving wild boar chili. Mitt who? (+video)

    01/23/2015 8:45:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor's DC Decoder ^ | January 23, 2015 | Peter Grier, Staff writer
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Sarah Palin, 2016 is there any possibility? The former VP candidate and ex-Alaska governor hinted on Thursday that she might, just maybe, give electoral politics another try. ABCs Neal Karlinksy caught up with Ms. Palin while she was serving wild boar chili to the homeless in Las Vegas (were not making that up). Mr. Karlinsky asked her if she ever mulled over a White House bid. Yeah, I mean, of course, when you have a servants heart, when you know that there is opportunity to do all you can to put yourself forward in the name of offering service,...
  • As National Press Mostly Snoozes, Add Seattle to the List of Cities Where Homelessness Is Rising

    01/23/2015 7:21:44 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    News Busters ^ | January 22, 2015 | Tom Blumer
    A week ago, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, called homelessness in his city and the rest of King County a "full-blown crisis." Based on the numbers presented in coverage of the area's situation, we can certainly add the Emerald City to the list of areas where homelessness has been on the rise. Odds are that many readers here didn't know that, because the national press hardly ever pays attention to homelessness when a Democrat occupies the White House. Now imagine the firestorm which would erupt if a Republican or conservative proposed the "solution," however allegedly temporary, Murray is advancing...
  • 2.5 Million Children Are Homeless in US, New Data Reveals

    12/10/2014 8:37:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/10/2014 | Stephanie samuel
    A historic number of America's youth 2.5 million children are homeless according to a report recently released by the National Center on Family Homelessness. These children, the report shows, are victims of a number of variables that contribute to homelessness including single motherhood, racial disparities and low household incomes. The report, based on data compiled from the U.S. Department of Education and the Census Bureau, reveals that many of the nation's homeless children are on the verge of losing their housing, don't have a fixed residence, are living in places not designated for human beings, or are living...
  • Homeless Man Steals Ambulance, Says He Was Headed to Topless Bar

    12/06/2014 3:10:16 PM PST · by Patriot777 · 34 replies ^ | Dec-5-2014 | unknown
    December 2nd, 2014, 6:44 AM A 51-year-old homeless man stole an unattended ambulance from a Pontiac hospital and told police he was headed to a topless bar, the Oakland Press reports. The keys were in the ignition. The man, who has mental health issues, is expected to be arraigned Tuesday on car theft charges, the paper reported. Read more at
  • Nation's Largest Homeless Encampment, "The Jungle," Dismantled

    12/05/2014 6:24:53 AM PST · by null and void · 33 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12/4/14 | Lisa Fernandez and Nanette Miranda
    Police and city crews on Thursday began dismantling the nation's largest homeless encampment, notoriously named "The Jungle," in a controversial move that aims to move hundreds of transients from the center of San Jose and find them affordable housing. Police and city crews on Thursday began dismantling the nation's largest homeless encampment, notoriously named "The Jungle," in a controversial move that aims to move hundreds of transients from the center of San Jose and find them affordable housing. Streams of homeless people wheeled their lives out of the encampment on Story Road, their shopping carts full of their belongings. Some...
  • Silicon Valley homeless no longer welcome in 'the Jungle'

    12/04/2014 10:56:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 3, 2014 | Rong-Gong Lin II and Gale Holland
    Veiled by the yellow willows and brush along a forgotten creek bed in San Jose, hundreds of people jerry-built a treehouse and constructed underground bunkers and ramshackle lean-tos to form one of the nation's largest homeless encampments. The 68-acre shantytown is just minutes away from downtown and the high-tech giants that made Silicon Valley one of the world's most opulent locations. For years, the city turned a blind eye to "the Jungle." But the camp along the muddy bank of Coyote Creek has become more crowded in recent years and is awash in rotting trash, rats and human waste ...
  • Homeless Man Kevin Darden ID'd As Suspect In Subway Shove Death

    11/18/2014 5:43:28 AM PST · by PROCON · 40 replies
    breitbart ^ | Nov. 17, 2014 | Dan Riehl
    The NYPD has identified a homeless man, Kevin Darden, 35, as the suspect in a deadly subway incident that took the life of Wai Kuen Kwok, 61, of the Bronx. Darden has a long history of violence "with more than 30 arrests"for crimes including "robbery, assault, and narcotics."
  • Child homelessness at historic high in US (Thanks 0bama!)

    11/17/2014 7:40:05 AM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 41 replies
    The number of homeless children in the U.S. 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 nations high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled Americas Youngest Outcasts, the report being issued Monday by the National Center on Family Homelessness calculates that nearly 2.5 million American children were homeless at some point in 2013. The number is based on the Department of Educations latest count of 1.3 million homeless children in public schools, supplemented by...
  • Conflicts in New York City Parks as Homeless Population Rises

    11/14/2014 11:41:11 AM PST · by Theoria · 31 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 14 Nov 2014 | LISA W. FODERARO
    In Harlem River Park in Manhattan, homeless men can be seen sleeping on benches around the basketball courts and sprawled out on a soccer field by day, then hunkering under an overpass at night. In Brooklyn, dog owners in Fort Greene Park have had ugly confrontations with homeless people after their dogs woke them up in the early morning when they are allowed off-leash. And in the Bronx, there are so many homeless people in one small park, Devanney Triangle, that the community board and parks department are discussing the removal of all benches. After a decade in which the...
  • Elderly Florida man fined again for feeding homeless

    11/08/2014 4:31:25 PM PST · by Mortimer St. Hubbins · 180 replies
    WORLD Mag ^ | November 6, 2014 | Leigh Jones
    Do-good fine. Police in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., again cited a 90-year-old man for feeding the homeless in a public park, in violation of a city ordinance. Arnold Abbott, who runs a ministry called Love Thy Neighbor Inc., was first cited on Sunday along with two pastors working with him. They face up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said the ordinance is not designed to punish the homeless or those who serve them but to balance the needs of all the citys residents. Abbott, who has been working with the homeless for...