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  • 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 Chronicle’s obsessive summer of op-eds and thinly reported screeds; then came Mayor Lee’s 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 it’s not the homeless we’re 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. There’s 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 Obama’s 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
    America’s 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. They’re 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
    Townhall.com ^ | 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...
  • It’s 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...
  • It’s 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: It’s 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 fresnosheriff.org: 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: SF’S SUMMER OF URINE ["They’ve 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: SF’S SUMMER OF URINE If you’re 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 Union’s $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. “It’s 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 exposé about the hordes of homeless people taking over the park and Mayor de Blasio’s 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 doesn’t think there’s 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
    nypost.com ^ | 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 hasn’t been this good for them in years. “I want to thank de Blasio for taking it easy on us. It’s 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. “It’s better out here now. It’s the best time to be homeless. The weather is nice. I feel like I’m in California. So I’d 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 America’s War on Drugs, the city’s crackdown on homelessness has been a costly failure, leaving in its wake people who feel victimized by the very system that’s supposed to help them. The report’s 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, he’s /u/huckstah, an administrator on /r/vagabond, a subreddit with nearly 10,000 members—many of them identify as “homeless”—who trade skills and stories. On “the road and the rails,” he’s Huck, and even after we speak twice by cellphone, he tells me he’d prefer I don’t print his real name. “People say, ‘Well, you chose to become homeless.’ But that’s wrong,” he says. Huck says he’s 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. Mary’s 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. Mary’s isn’t 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. Here’s 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 Mary’s 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 Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s 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
    http://thefreethoughtproject.com ^ | 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 terminal’s restroom. “The guy didn’t 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. ABC’s Neal Karlinksy caught up with Ms. Palin while she was serving wild boar chili to the homeless in Las Vegas (we’re 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 servant’s 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
    Liveleak.com ^ | 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 http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=7dd_1417820886#IigS0m5ioYoiGcE7.99
  • 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 nation’s high poverty rate, the lack of affordable housing and the impacts of pervasive domestic violence. Titled “America’s 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 Education’s 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 city’s residents. Abbott, who has been working with the homeless for...
  • Elderly man, 90, and two clergymen face jail time for feeding the homeless

    11/04/2014 11:49:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/4/2014 | BY MARC WEINREICH
    A senior citizen and a couple of clergymen in Florida face up to two months in jail for feeding the homeless. A group of volunteers with the non-profit charity Love Thy Neighbor in Broward County face up to a $500 fine and 60 days in jail because they were feeding the homeless last Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, the New Times reports. World War II veteran Arnold Abbott, founder of the interfaith organization, and members of a local church were confronted by Fort Lauderdale police officers because they had reportedly been in violation of the new laws against food sharing —...
  • Are You a Bad Person if You Give to the Homeless?

    10/08/2014 8:45:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/08/2014 | Robert Wargas
    A few weeks ago, I was in New York City to meet someone for drinks, and got on the subway at 34th and 7th to head downtown. I dislike the New York subway for many reasons. It is the only such system in a major Western city to look as if it had been swapped with the metro of a third-world backwater. Pick any otherwise dodgy country on Earth, and chances are the subway of its capital city is a gleaming tube with smooth rolling stock and palatial stations. Not New York. The trains lurch between filthy platforms like...
  • Rochester(Mn) Police Arrest Holiday Robbery Suspect at Makeshift Homeless Camp

    10/04/2014 7:57:36 AM PDT · by Son House · 5 replies
    KTTC.com ^ | KTTC TV
    Police have arrested a man they believe robbed a Holiday convenience store on Wednesday. Police said Todd Mielke, 40, was arrested Thursday around 3 p.m. at a makeshift homeless camp near the HyVee South supermarket. Capt. John Sherwin said it all started when a man walked into the Holiday convenience store at 1520 2nd St. SW just before 1:15 a.m. and implied that he had a weapon. Sherwin said the man was wearing a camouflage mask and demanded money from a 20-year-old clerk. The masked man fled the Holiday southbound on 14th Avenue Southwest. The vehicle he was driving was...
  • Pot Draws Homeless To Colorado In Search Of Work

    09/26/2014 10:07:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    KCNC-TV ^ | September 25, 2014
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Legal marijuana is luring pot tourists and business entrepreneurs to Colorado, and it’s also attracting another demographic: the homeless, some of whom trek to the state in hopes of landing a job in the industry. “There’s an enormous migration, even a homeless movement, so to speak,” David Spencer, a homeless man from Tennessee, said. “I figured this would be a good place to start over.” While shelters across the metro area are willing to open their doors, they’re quickly running out of room. “We were averaging 190 (homeless) last year. We’re now averaging 345 a night,” Murray Flagg of the...
  • City uses meters to raise change for homeless (Pasadena CA)

    09/14/2014 5:31:39 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2014 9:33 PM EDT
    The city of Pasadena is letting homeless people keep the change. The Los Angeles suburb is turning 14 parking meters into repositories for donations made to nonprofits that serve the homeless, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. Pasadena’s housing director, Bill Huang, says the hope is that people who might be reluctant to hand spare change to a panhandler will be more open to putting it in a meter. […] Some homeless advocates complain the meters aren’t a serious enough effort to help the homeless. They also say that in some cities meters have been used to push panhandlers out...
  • Immigrant Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Documentation Requirements

    09/08/2014 8:54:09 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    In response to an inquiry about unaccompanied minors from one of its school divisions, Virginia’s Department of Education issued a memo this month reminding its 132 divisions about their obligation to educate all children. According to the memo, under federal and Virginia law, the state expects that many of the unaccompanied minors who enroll in public school will be considered “homeless.” “In addition, division superintendents cannot exclude from school attendance those homeless children who do not provide the requisite health or immunization information required of other students,” the memo continued. Full title: Immigrant Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to...
  • Children to Be Classified as 'Homeless' to Avoid School Enrollment Documentation Requirements

    08/14/2014 6:46:24 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 49 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 14, 2014 | Caroline May
    SNIP “In light of the heightened media coverage of the issue of undocumented immigrant children, VDOE provides the following updated information for your use in responding to community questions or issues,” says the memo distributed to the commonwealth’s 132 school divisions and obtained by Breitbart News. SNIP “While a case-by-case review of each child’s circumstances upon enrolling in a Virginia public school is necessary, many of these unaccompanied children will be deemed homeless under applicable state and federal law,” the memo reads. It goes on: Pursuant to Va. Code § 22.1-3, a homeless child is one who lacks a fixed,...
  • Married Cops Busted in Shooting of Daughter's Beau

    08/07/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 58 replies
    Newser ^ | 7 Aug 2014 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    In another interview with KJRH Tulsa, the couple's 18-year-old daughter, Lisa, says her parents kicked her out a week ago and dropped her off at a homeless shelter, where she met 19-year-old Jeremy Lake and the two began seeing each other. "He was my everything," she said. They spent the week at Jeremy's family's house, which is where her father tracked her down. "We were outside for five minutes and that's when my dad pulled up," she said. "There was no argument. I walked away and Jeremy tried to introduce himself and my dad shot him."
  • Homeless Shelter’s Opening in Queens Stirs Ugly Exchanges

    07/25/2014 12:51:40 PM PDT · by Theoria · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 25 July 2014 | KATE TAYLOR and JEFFREY E. SINGER
    The crowd of 500 included grandmothers and small children, Chinese immigrants and the president of a local Republican club, all shouting that the mayor had trampled their rights. The source of their anger? The 180 homeless families the city had moved into the defunct Pan American Hotel in Elmhurst, Queens. The residents felt nervous around the new arrivals, they said. There were reports of shoplifting from the Good Fortune Supermarket, public urination and panhandling – all things, they said, that had been unheard-of in their neighborhood until now. During the protest on Tuesday night, one of the organizers spoke through...
  • Man Finds Family Living In His Miami Home [After Vacation]

    07/24/2014 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    miami.cbslocal.com ^ | July 22, 2014 11:55 PM | Gaby Fleischman
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A South Florida renter came home to find people living inside his house but the family illegally squatting inside said they are not leaving. The owner of the property on SW 5th street and 49th Avenue said his friend William Ruiz has been renting the house for the past two years and recently started to move out while the house was listed for short sale. Ruiz went on vacation for two days and said when he came back, he found the locks on the house changed and strangers living inside using his belongings. “They’re using his bed,...
  • Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint

    07/17/2014 6:56:35 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 23 replies
    KOMO News.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | KOMO Staff
    Man sets house afire trying to kill spider with lighter, spray paint SEATTLE -- Fire officials say a West Seattle man was using a lighter and a can of spray paint to kill a spider in his laundry room when the house went up in flames. Fire crews were called to a home in the 10200 block of 34th Avenue SW just before 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Firefighters originally battled the blaze from a distance after learning there may be ammunition inside. Crews were eventually able to extinguish the fire, but not before it did significant damage to the structure....
  • Report: SMALL LIFELESS, DEAD CHILDREN Found “Washed Up Along Riverbank” of Rio Grande

    07/14/2014 7:38:43 AM PDT · by illiac · 81 replies
    Mexican emigrants crossing the Rio Grande near El Paso, Texas. (Danny Lehman/Corbis) A Fox News exclusive reported this morning by Jana Winter inexplicably buried the lede. Winter reports that several dead children have been discovered “washed up along the riverbank” of the Rio Grande, but fails to note that there have been no reports by the Obama administration on this. This indicates a pattern of covering up dead illegal alien kids by the Obama administration. It was two weeks before news was reported on the sole child death acknowledged by the Obama administration, Gilberto Ramos, a 15 year-old boy from...