Newark Homelessness Czar Sakinah Hoyte held back tears as she unvield a lot filled with seven converted shipping containers to house 24 residents without addresses for a 90-day pilot program. “We have been able to do what felt like the impossible in establishing a beautiful, dignified, safe sleeping village rooted in love for our most vulnerable residents,” said Hoyte on Monday as she and other officials announced the opening of the site.
But Markis Stidham, an appointed member of the Whatcom County Homeless Strategies Workgroup, said that city officials have been disparaging the encampment at Geri Fields through a “disinformation” campaign. “They’ve demonized the camp and they’ve demonized the advocates. I’ve never had a problem going there,” Stidham told The Bellingham Herald in an interview. “I’ve called the Health Department daily, asking — begging — for services,” he said. Stidham said that Geri Fields campers and volunteers support each other emotionally and with the tasks of daily life in their tent enclave.
Downtown Sacramento has seen social and economic upheaval in the last year that has challenged and often overwhelmed city leaders. There’s more to come. As many as 300 homeless people living in rows of sidewalk tents under the elevated W-X section of Highway 50 are about to be ordered to pack up and move. Caltrans is launching a highway widening project, and the teeming tent cities between Sixth and 26th streets are directly under the construction zone.
When Trinh returns home, she, her two young sons and one-year-old daughter enter a tiny home provided by the county because not too long ago, she was homeless–just like those she helps every day.
Attorneys for the family of Kurt Reinhold — the homeless Black man fatally shot by deputies in September — have amended their lawsuit this week to assert that the deputies had no reason to even approach him. The revision follows the recent release of video and audio of the San Clemente incident. Kurt Andras Reinhold, 42, was killed after being approached by two Orange County Sheriff’s deputies whose job it was to do outreach to the homeless. The initial suit against the county stated that Reinhold, who was unarmed, did not pose a danger to them, and they were not trained to deal with mentally ill people.
AUSTIN, Texas — Some business owners and neighbors in northwest Austin say they don't want a nearby hotel to house the homeless. They protested at the Candlewood Suites on Pecan Park Boulevard on Saturday afternoon. Last month, the Austin City Council voted to buy the hotel for $9.5 million. The goal is to house people experiencing homelessness.
My interest piqued by our conversation, I accompanied her on the day she received her keys and saw the apartment for the first time. As we drove away from Skid Row, the lines of tents whirling into a water color of unnamed struggle, Granny sighed. "The nightmare," she said, "is over." But arriving at her new home, we instead found a vacant space. There were no furniture essentials, fridge or stove, and woefully few resources to achieve the items and services she needed to survive even a month in her new accommodations. A roof and four walls, the apartment had. A home, it was not. The nightmare, I realized, wasn't over for Granny. It had simply taken a new form.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco is paying $16.1 million to feed and house people in tent villages as the city struggles with a swelling homeless population. But the cost worries some lawmakers. Six tent sites dubbed “safe sleeping villages" have been set up since the start of the coronavirus pandemic to shelter people who might otherwise sleep on the sidewalks.