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  • Squatters Rights? Landowner Seeks to Evict Highway 17 Homeless Encampment

    09/28/2017 4:19:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 28, 2017 | Judy Peterson
    A Los Gatos homeowner is worried people living in a downtown homeless encampment will start a wildfire, killing themselves, his family, tenants and neighbors. John Whitney says he’s been trying for years to get authorities to clean up the encampment, to no avail. The encampment runs alongside Highway 17 behind the post office. Ironically, there’s a blackboard at the encampment’s entrance that reads, “Stay Alive.” “This is a fire hazard right here,” Whitney said, pointing to a discarded pizza box, and sleeping and garbage bags. “The amount of dumping is unbelievable. Last year, Caltrans came out but nothing happened.” Caltrans...
  • Anaheim City Council's emergency declaration sets stage for removal of homeless encampment

    09/13/2017 6:46:02 PM PDT · by Angels27 · 23 replies
    Los Angeles Slimes ^ | 9-13-17 | Anh Do
    Anaheim has declared a state of emergency over the ballooning homeless community along the Santa Ana River, clearing the way for the removal of hundreds of people living in a landscape dotted with trash and used hypodermic needles and lacking toilet facilities. The move underscores the growing homeless crisis facing Orange County and on ongoing struggles of communities to deal with the problem. Earlier this summer, Anaheim removed bus benches across the street from Disneyland following complaints about the homeless population sleeping on them around the amusement park. A survey last year placed the number of those without shelter in...
  • Woman Charged After Allegedly Shooting Nashville Homeless Man Who Asked Her to Move Porsche ...

    09/13/2017 11:08:00 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    KTLA ^ | Anthony Kurzweil,
    A 26-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder after allegedly shooting a homeless man who asked her to move her Porsche so he could sleep. ... The shooting occurred in the 900 block of 19th Avenue South near Music Row on Aug. 26, the Midtown Hills Police Precinct stated in a news release. Investigators said 54-year-old Gerald Melton was trying to sleep on the sidewalk about 3 a.m. when exhaust fumes and loud music coming from a Porsche SUV began to disturb him. ... After the two yelled at each other, Melton told police he walked back to where...
  • Woman charged with attempted murder of homeless man

    09/13/2017 4:41:12 AM PDT · by KirbDog · 21 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | Sept. 12, 2017 | AP
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A woman has been charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a homeless man in Nashville last month.
  • Miami homeless removed against their will

    09/09/2017 5:47:12 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    abc ^ | Sep 8, 2017, 5:47 PM ET
    Miami's estimated 1,100 homeless people a stark choice: Come willingly to a storm shelter, or be held against their will for a mental health evaluation.
  • Man attacks West Hollywood shopper after offer of kindness

    09/07/2017 2:21:05 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 28 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 7, 2017
    A shopper offering to pay for the food a homeless man was attempting to steal was attacked with a hatchet at a West Hollywood 7-Eleven.
  • Good Samaritan landlord has home trashed by homeless family she took in

    09/04/2017 8:58:32 AM PDT · by TaxPayer2000 · 26 replies
    Yahoo7 ^ | 9-3-17 | Yahoo7
    A Good Samaritan landlord has had her generosity taken advantage of after she was left with her Perth home trashed and a repair bill running into the thousands. Christine Goss is now warning other property owners to be careful who they rent to. Her once spick and span Padbury three bedroom home has been turned into a rubbish tip inside with a junk yard out the back. One room is so full of discarded items it's impossible to open the door. Ms Goss said she felt sorry for the children, so agreed to let a homeless woman move in 12...
  • County declares health emergency for hepatitis outbreak (San Diego)

    09/03/2017 12:53:34 PM PDT · by jeannineinsd · 16 replies
    San Diego Union ^ | 9/1/17 | Paul Sisson
    San Diego County declared a local health emergency early Friday night, adding a new level of urgency to a hepatitis A outbreak that has hit the homeless population hardest, killing 15 people and hospitalizing hundreds. Dr. Wilma Wooten, the region’s public health officer, signed the declaration shortly after lawyers finished writing it, bolstering the county Health and Human Services Agency’s ability to request assistance from the state and providing legal protections for a slate of actions that began unfolding across the city earlier in the day. Working on a county contract, a private company began delivering portable hand-washing stations Friday...
  • Denver denies using flamethrowers during homeless sweeps

    08/15/2017 12:18:13 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 34 replies
    Fox 31 Denver ^ | 08/14/2017 | Joe St. George
    DENVER -- It is not every day the word "flamethrower" is used in federal court documents. But attorneys representing homeless plaintiffs have included that language in their latest motion filed in federal court. The plaintiffs are fighting to end the city's homeless sweeps -- the practice of removing items resembling a camp on public sidewalks or parks. City officials have denied the accusations.
  • Big Tex-Urban Farms Farm on grounds of State Fair of Texas helps feed homeless

    08/11/2017 12:56:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    KRIS-TV ^ | August 11, 2017 | The Associated Press
    DALLAS (AP) - Drew Demler is digging in a box of dirt in the middle of Fair Park. The Dallas Morning News reports he is harvesting potatoes - big, small, misshapen, one that even looks like a snowman - in a hotter-than-deep-fried parking lot just outside the Cotton Bowl. "I think potatoes and onions are two of the most important crops that we grow," Demler, farm manager at Big Tex Urban Farms , says as he uses his bare hands to search for the tubers. "They're hearty and prolific, and their storage life is long."(continued)
  • Mayor Ben McAdams posed as a homeless person for 3 days and 2 nights.

    08/07/2017 9:00:50 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 58 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 8/6/2017 | Courtney Tanner
    The first piece of advice he got was “Don’t take off your shoes.” The second, “Don’t go to the bathroom after dark.” Though Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams heeded both, it didn’t make him feel any less vulnerable. There was little that could as he settled in for a night at the downtown Road Home homeless shelter. When he climbed into bed — the top of a three-person bunk— with his sneakers still tightly laced to fend off would-be thieves, arguments echoed off the walls. One man had passed out on another’s cot, and McAdams heard the thud of...
  • Child, 2, found tethered to tree near Willits, father arrested

    08/03/2017 10:18:51 AM PDT · by rey · 25 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 2 August 2017 | Glenda Anderson
    A man remained in the Mendocino County jail Wednesday for allegedly tying his diaper-clad 2-year-old son to a tree branch without access to food or water. Jeffery Wilson, 27, of Willits, is being held on suspicion of felony child abuse, possession of a controlled substance and trespass, according to the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said they discovered the child July 27 in an illegal encampment along Highway 20 near Willits. The property owner previously had reported the encampment and deputies had warned Wilson and the other two adults staying there — believed to be the child’s mother and grandmother...
  • A Virginia Woman Hears a Noise in the Attic, and the Police Find a Man Living There

    07/26/2017 1:18:40 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 18 replies
    New York Times ^ | 7/26/2017 | Maggie Astor
    Usually, the floorboards creaking above you in the middle of the night are the house settling. Or perhaps a raccoon. But for a woman in Arlington, Va., it was the footsteps of a man living in her attic. The woman, who was not publicly identified, heard noises coming from the attic of the house she rents on 22nd Street S, just outside Washington, the Arlington County Police Department said. She contacted her landlord, thinking it might be him she was hearing — “because sometimes he’s used the storage above,” she told NBC Washington — and the landlord called the police...
  • Seattle Councilman Says Hosing Excrement off Sidewalk “Racist” [semi-satire]

    07/16/2017 5:50:01 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 7 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 16 July 2016 | John Semmens
    Councilman Larry Gossett bristled at a request for funds to clean human excrement from Seattle’s city streets near the Third Street courthouse, calling it “racist. It’s all part of a pattern of disrespect toward the minority community.” The request for $8,000 to pay for the cleaning came from King County Sheriff John Urquhart who complained that “public defecation is only part of the problem. The homeless denizens of the area have been assaulting and harassing citizens reporting for jury duty. The jurors are asking judges to excuse them because they’re afraid to come to the courthouse.” Gossett insisted that “putting...
  • BART directors view squalid reality in Powell Station visit

    07/15/2017 12:10:16 PM PDT · by WilliamIII · 38 replies
    SF Chronicle ^ | July 14, 2017 | Michael Cabanatuan
    Near the end of Thursday’s BART Board of Directors meeting, the transit system’s elected leaders found themselves in the unusual position of staring at something not on the agenda: a fresh puddle of urine. BART directors usually meet twice a month in a clean, quiet, windowless board chamber in Oakland, but this time they took a field trip to Powell Street Station to view its “challenges” — homeless people sleeping in hallways, intravenous drug users, rundown conditions, dirty floors, and elevators and escalators used regularly as restrooms.
  • A new way to help Seattle’s homeless: Navigation Center set to open Wednesday

    07/10/2017 6:53:33 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    Seattle Times ^ | 7-10-17 | Vernal Coleman
    Inside the newly refurbished facility in the Little Saigon neighborhood are sleeping cots with blue cushions that couples can push together... Unlike more restrictive shelters, clients will be able to store their belongings, bring along their pets and partners, and come and go when they like. While discouraged, drug and alcohol use inside the facility will be allowed unless it disturbs other clients or the surrounding community.
  • NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio So ‘Frustrated’ with Panhandlers He Wants to Make It Illegal

    07/09/2017 7:49:10 AM PDT · by rktman · 42 replies ^ | 7/8/2017 | Katherine Rodriguez
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is so fed up with the city’s panhandlers begging for money on the street that he wants to ban the practice. “I’m saying that not as a matter of policy. I’m saying that as a human being, bluntly,” Mayor de Blasio told WNYC radio Friday.
  • De Blasio’s real homeless policy: Hide the bad news

    07/07/2017 5:20:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 5, 2017 | Staff
    With its belated posting of the grim results of this year’s street homelessness census, City Hall just exposed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s real homelessness policy: Hide the bad news. The count was done back in February, but didn’t get posted until Wednesday — after Politico had published it. It’s obvious why Team de Blasio didn’t want you to see the numbers: They show 3,892 people living on the streets, up 40 percent from last year and the highest rate since 2005.
  • Escalating violence around homeless shelter

    07/06/2017 1:01:20 PM PDT · by HarleyLady27 · 28 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | July 5, 2017 | Christopher Smart
    Homelessness and crime » Assault on baseball player, fatal hit-and-run are the latest examples; House speaker asks if it’s time for extraordinary measures. News is spreading across the country on the state of homelessness in downtown Salt Lake City — and it isn't pretty. Just over the Fourth of July holiday, a professional baseball player was attacked and suffered a concussion. And a car plowed into a group of homeless people on a sidewalk, killing one and sending five others to the hospital. These are just the latest in a string of events that continues to frustrate officials, police and...
  • Homeless camps becoming entrenched in Oakland

    07/01/2017 9:52:23 AM PDT · by thecodont · 33 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / ^ | June 28, 2017 Updated: June 28, 2017 6:00am | By Joe Garofoli and Kimberly Veklerov
    Lee Smith was one of the first homeless people to pitch a tent near 26th and Wood streets in West Oakland. Now, four years later, he has 100 neighbors, including two pregnant women. The place looks like a Third World shantytown, a village for the city’s poorest on the fringes of its bustling center. It’s one of about 100 such sprawling encampments in Oakland, and they’re not going away anytime soon. They’re likely to get even bigger. Just as the Bay Area’s tech boom has reshaped Oakland in different ways than it has San Francisco, so has its homeless crisis....