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Texas Police Play Game: Snatch Homeless ‘Help’ Signs

Texas Police Play Game: Snatch Homeless ‘Help’ Signs

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Two police officers in an oil-rich West Texas city spent weeks competing to see who could take the most cardboard signs away from homeless people, even though panhandling doesn’t violate any city law. Nearly two months after the Midland Police Department learned of the game, the two officers were suspended for [...]
Shelter for All: Small House Movement for the HomelessMADISON, Wis. (AP) — While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there’s another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless. There’s a growing effort across the nation from advocates and religious groups to build these compact buildings because they are cheaper [...]
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Hundreds of Tenants Meet in S.F. to Discuss Evictions  Among the residents who gathered on Saturday in San Francisco to discuss soaring rents, evictions and affordable housing were Chandra Redack, who organized to keep tenants in their apartments, Gum Gee Lee, who was evicted from her home in the Polk Gulch neighborhood and Blanca Reyes, a Mission District resident who has faced losing [...]
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Migrant Workers in Texas Sue Over Housing ConditionsA group of farm workers in south Texas filed suit in federal court alleging they were forced to live in housing that was “unfit for human habitation.” The federal lawsuit, filed in late January, says workers at Van Horn chile farm slept in bug-infested shipping containers and trailers, and some were provided nothing more than [...]
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Texas Residents Sue City of Socorro Over Flooding  In trying to protect residents of a newer development, the city of Socorro, Texas, caused severe flooding in an older neighborhood, leaving some residents homeless, according to a lawsuit filed last week by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. The suit, filed on behalf of 30 residents of an area known as Thunder Road, demands compensation from [...]
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Senate Confirms Mel Watt to Lead Housing Finance AgencyWASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats overwhelmed outnumbered Republicans and pushed a pair of President Barack Obama’s high-profile nominees through the Senate on Tuesday, the first to win confirmation since the chamber weakened the age-old filibuster. By 56-38, senators confirmed attorney Patricia Millett to join the influential U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. [...]
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Finding Hope: A Student Reflects on Being HomelessI am a Chicago native, having grown up in both the Bucktown and Humboldt Park neighborhoods. The idea of home, for me at least, was always interwoven with Chicago. My grandfather taught me the grid, as well as the major streets at a very young age because he felt it was of the utmost importance [...]
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Number of U.S. Homeless Drops to 610,000 People  WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of homeless people in the U.S. declined for a third straight year, helped by sharp dropoffs in veteran and chronic homelessness, according to a government survey released Thursday.  More than 610,000 people were homeless at the time of the count, on a single night in the last week of [...]
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Got an App for That Chicago Housing Question?The idea for a phone app started stirring in John Bartlett’s mind a few years ago. At a Chicago meeting about housing, he spotted a tenant using a cellphone camera to document information. The executive director of the Metropolitan Tenants Organization (MTO), which works to educate and empower tenants, thought: “That’s interesting.” Later, after brainstorming [...]
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RICHMOND, Calif. – In a run-down shopping center in the heart of this San Francisco Bay Area community, about a half dozen activists are plotting to turn the housing market on its head. Their aim: stem home mortgage foreclosures and preserve neighborhoods in a city hit hard by the housing bust. But, this time, the [...]
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