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The Homeless in Silicon Valley Ask: Where Will We Go?

The Homeless in Silicon Valley Ask: Where Will We Go?

For decades, a creek bed in East San Jose, Calif. has become a homeless encampment for hundreds of residents who've lost homes, jobs and families. They had no place else to go. But on Dec. 4, "The Jungle," as what the encampment was called, was shut down by the city of San Jose.
Affordable Housing Protections Take Effect in Chicago  Owners of single-room occupancy buildings in Chicago who want to convert their structures to market-rate housing must now take extra steps designed to protect tenants from getting pushed out to make room for wealthier people.  A new city housing ordinance started this month and requires that owners of so-called “SRO” buildings – which stand [...]
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Silicon Valley Blazes a Trail — Abandoning the HomelessUpdate: The Associated Press on Thursday reported that police and social service officials in Silicon Valley have started clearing the homeless encampment.  SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Shouting and banging on doors, city officials in Silicon Valley stapled and taped notices on hand built structures, tents and tree trunks warning more than 200 residents of [...]
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Feeding the Homeless is Now Legal in Fla. City  (AP) — A judge has suspended enforcement of a South Florida city’s law that restricts the public feeding of homeless people for 30 days and ordered mediation on the issue. The ordinance is aimed at keeping people from feeding the homeless in parks and other public places in Fort Lauderdale. Nationwide, people have objected [...]
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Silicon Valley Set to Gain More Affordable Housing  San Jose, California – one of Silicon Valley’s key cities – will soon see more affordable housing amid the pricey real estate in the high technology area, thanks to two years of advocacy work by grassroots, faith and business groups.  The San Jose City Council on Nov. 18 approved a housing impact fee of [...]
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If We Love Kids so Much, Why Are 1 in 30 Homeless?SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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 [...]
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Oakland Renters Chalk Up Victory for Tenant RightsHigh technology job growth has increased demand for housing in the San Francisco Bay Area, causing soaring rents that have spilled over into cities like Oakland. The estimated rent for homes in Oakland for June 2014 hit $2,124, nearly 11 percent higher than the same period last year, and those housing costs have risen every [...]
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Focus on Homeless Pupils Needed, as Number Tops 1M  The number of homeless school children is rising in U.S. schools.  Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year — an 8 percent increase from the previous school year. A vast majority of the homeless children were living in “doubled-up” quarters, meaning multiple families were [...]
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Group: Number of Homeless Students Merits Attention  The Windy City has set another record. But homeless advocates in Chicago say that the record is unacceptable – and demands attention by city leaders.  What is turning heads among advocates and residents is that the number of homeless students enrolled in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) soared by 3,475 young people to a record [...]
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Citigroup Pays $7B in Mortgage Settlement and Still ProfitsWASHINGTON (AP) — Citigroup has agreed to pay $7 billion to settle a federal investigation into its handling of risky subprime mortgages, admitting to a pattern of deception that Attorney General Eric Holder said “shattered lives” and contributed to the worst financial crisis in decades, the Justice Department said Monday. The settlement represents a moment [...]
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