Berlin's shelters have run out of space during the coronavirus winter. Hotels are empty, so some have decided to let people experiencing homelessness stay for free. This is changing lives.
CHICO, Calif. — The Chico Police Department cleared out another homeless camp with a few dozen tents Tuesday morning.
A standoff continues Tuesday between residents of a Sausalito homeless encampment and city crews trying to evict them. "Hell no, we won’t go," they chanted.
NEW YORK, NY — The following statement from Giselle Routhier, Policy Director at Coalition for the Homeless was released today in response to the attacks that took place in the NYC subway stations on February 12 and 13, 2021. “These devastating attacks are a reminder that failing to offer the dignity and safety of a real home, or at minimum a safe and private room during this historic pandemic, is literally a matter of life and death. This incredible tragedy could have been prevented. In 2019, didn’t our elected leaders commit to never let such vicious crimes like the murders in Chinatown happen again? That it has is unconscionable. Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo need to respond not with more stigmatization and callousness toward people without homes, or heavy-handed police removals, but with real and immediate access to housing for unsheltered New Yorkers.”
Largely organizing on social media platforms, including Twitter and Instagram, volunteers have worked through their own struggles to put about 400 people in shelters and provide over 500 meals. Austin Mutual Aid founder and volunteer coordinator Bobby Cooper was out picking up people and transporting them to shelters all day Tuesday, despite experiencing difficulties at his own house due to the freezing temperatures. “It’s extremely difficult for not just me, but all the drivers,” Cooper said. “A lot of us live in the neighborhoods that are underserved by the city, so we have lost power too.”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - Benjamin Blake has lived at what is known as “Tent City” in Charlotte’s North End for nearly a year. On Tuesday, Mecklenburg County issued an abatement order, giving the residents in that area 72 hours to vacate the premises, citing a growing rat infestation.
The Mercer Island City Council voted Tuesday to approve an ordinance that prohibits camping on public property in the city, a measure that’s aimed at restricting people who are experiencing homelessness from staying outside or in their cars overnight on the island.