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San Francisco Media Plan Week of Coverage on Homeless Crisis

San Francisco Media Plan Week of Coverage on Homeless Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 media organizations in San Francisco plan to saturate online, TV and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city’s homeless.  Homelessness has defined San Francisco for generations, with panhandlers and urine-stained sidewalks as much a part […]

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

Opinion: L.A.’s Homelessness Crisis Calls for ‘Radical Hospitality’

A state of emergency signals that a catastrophe, social or natural, has challenged or upended civic order. Under states of emergency, normal state functions are often suspended in response to extraordinary circumstances. The L.A. City Council declared a state of emergency over homelessness in Los Angeles last fall. Though Mayor Eric Garcetti declined to affirm […]

Activists Push for Rent Control in the Bay Area

Activists Push for Rent Control in the Bay Area

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Charles Edwards is a merry self-described hillbilly from Tennessee who knows much about Victorian-era railroads and not so much about political campaigning. But this year, the 77-year-old retired city gardener will be knocking on doors in Alameda to persuade voters of this maritime city on San Francisco Bay to support a […]

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

Ill. Lawmakers Consider Stopgap Way to Fund Homeless Shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets. A bipartisan measure pending in the Illinois Legislature would create a new $3 scratch ticket and designate all the proceeds beyond administrative costs and prize money […]

Native American Tribes to Receive $660 Million for Housing

Native American Tribes to Receive $660 Million for Housing

Affordable housing efforts for 587 Native American tribes in dozens of states have received a boost of $660 million in federal money, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Tuesday.  The money is part of the Indian Housing Block Grant program, which is the single largest source of affordable housing help for […]

S.F. Homeless Advocates Hold Super Bowl Protest

S.F. Homeless Advocates Hold Super Bowl Protest

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Dozens of people protested Wednesday over what they say is the mayor of San Francisco’s plan to push homeless residents out of the scenic bay-front Embarcadero, where Super Bowl festivities are being held. Protesters were trying to set up tents next to Super Bowl City, pro football’s weeklong theme park near the famed […]

Report: More Effort Needed to Assist Chicago Homeless

Report: More Effort Needed to Assist Chicago Homeless

Chicago received an “F” for efforts to provide housing and support to its homeless families and students, with more than 13,000 families without a home at some point during the 2014-15 school year, according to a report card released on Nov. 18. During that academic period, nearly half (47 percent) of these 13,000 families were homeless […]

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