L.A. Mayor: ‘We Do What Washington Can’t Seem to Get Done’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Toxic sludge site removed from EPA priorities list … West Virginia’s Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome numbers … city clerk says city manager threatened her … and D.C. public schools enrollment fraud.

After Public Fury, SoCal Official Says New Housing for Homeless Will Be ‘Beautiful’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Atlanta’s ransomware deadline ... prairie dog plague vaccine … Philly’s off-the-books rooming house problem … new Wash. state tsunami maps ... and N.Y. governor seeks “new expansive powers.”

Austin Wants to Use Blockchain Technology to Help the Homeless

It's one of 35 ideas that Bloomberg Philanthropies selected from over 300 applications for the testing phase of its 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge.

Homeless Will Now Be Asked: Are You Fleeing Domestic Violence?

For years, advocates have called victims of domestic violence part of the country’s “hidden homeless.” But now, for the first time, they’re being included in the national homelessness count.

This Winter, Chattanooga Homeless Veterans Feeling HUD’s Summer Funding Cuts

Veterans homelessness was effectively ended in Tennessee’s fourth most-populous city. But some vets are now back out on the streets.

Portland Mayor Hits Back at Carson’s Comments on Homelessness in West Coast Cities

Ted Wheeler says that if the HUD secretary thinks government should take a passive role, he “should step aside and allow someone up to the task to lead.”

Federal Housing Officials Emphasize Local Solutions to Increasing Homelessness

HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s team said communal response needs to be scaled, particularly in major West Coast cities, but without addressing where federal funding fits in.

Domestic Violence, Homelessness and Natural Disasters Show Need for Pet-Friendly Shelters

"If we can remove the barrier of leaving a pet behind by creating more pet-friendly domestic violence shelters, more lives can be saved," according to the president and CEO of nonprofit group Red Rover.

How to Win the War Against Veteran Homelessness

“We want to send a strong message to our veteran community that there are people in the community who care deeply about their welfare and who will be available to help when they need it,” according to the mayor of Nashua, New Hampshire.

Reducing Barriers to Shelter and Services in Denver

A cross-sector team sees a new way forward after being told by homeless that the current model was “fundamentally broken.”

California Hepatitis A Outbreak Could Last for Months—Even Years

San Diego County alone has spent over $3 million on prevention efforts.

San Diego Uses Bleach to Clean Its Streets to Contain Outbreak

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | California lawmakers pass drug-price transparency bill; how one South Dakota school district pads its enrollment numbers; and aggressive squirrels apprehended in New Orleans.

One California County’s Alternative Housing Model for Its Local Homeless Population

In Yuba County, the 14Forward partnership has helped 100 people get back on their feet in a year.

In Homelessness Speech, Carson Warns of Fostering Dependency on Services

The Housing and Urban Development secretary lamented the “loss of human potential” when the U.S. needs to compete with China.

A Hidden Population: Youth Homelessness Is on the Rise

Across the U.S., the number of young people living alone on the streets appears to be growing. Many communities are stepping up their efforts to help, intervening early with services specifically targeted toward the needs of young people.

Booting Out the Homeless and Kicking the Can Down the Road

Banning unsheltered people from city hall grounds at night and on weekends is a reactive move, not a proactive one. What else can be done in Santa Cruz?

Without ID, Homeless Trapped in Vicious Cycle

For the homeless, not having ID makes it much harder to get a job, find a place to live, open a bank account, get food stamps and disability benefits — or in some instances, even stay at a homeless shelter.

How Can Honolulu Ease Its Cost of Living Pains and Other Resilience Challenges?

New Chief Resilience Officer Josh Stanbro’s résumé makes him well equipped to confront shocks and stresses like climate change, homelessness and natural disasters.

Rural Minnesota Facing the ‘Beginning of the Wave’ of Homeless Senior Citizens

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Florida’s newest invasive species; sanctuary city fights in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Yakima; and marijuana decriminalization in Kansas City.