Homelessness

States and Cities Turn to Empty Hotel Rooms to House Homeless and People Ill With Coronavirus

Hotel rooms left vacant as people stopped traveling because of the coronavirus could be used to house mildly ill patients and homeless people currently living outside or in shelters.

Cities Rush to Respond as Homelessness and Coronavirus Collide

Homeless people are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19. Cities are working to implement protective measures, often with no idea how they'll pay for it.

In a First, Seattle City Council Moves to Ban Winter Evictions

If the measure is signed by Mayor Jenny Durkan, the city would prohibit evictions of low- and moderate-income renters during the coldest months.

California Plan to Reduce Homelessness Forces Cities, Counties to Step Up

A proposal by the governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors would mandate that cities, counties and the state reduce homelessness or be vulnerable to court action.

Homeless Californians Adapt to Camp Sweeps and 'The Caltrans Shuffle’

Every other week, people living on state land near a freeway must pack up for a California Department of Transportation cleaning, which can often result in losing crucial belongings.

Fecal Bacteria In California’s Waterways Increases With Homeless Crisis

As homeless people in California are often making due without access to basic facilities like toilets, there are elevated levels of fecal bacteria in some of the state's prized waterways. It's set off a battle with the Trump administration.

After a Man Died, Texas' Governor Blamed Austin's Homeless Policies. The Mayor Called It Demonizing.

Since Austin rolled back three ordinances that prohibited people who are homeless from camping or congregating, Gov. Greg Abbott and city leaders have been at odds about the issue.

San Francisco Hopes To Improve Care For People With Mental Illness Living On Streets

San Francisco is using a new state law to expand the use of conservatorship, which allows the city to take people with mental illness and substance abuse issues off the streets without their consent and put them into treatment.

Supreme Court Declines to Consider Homeless Camping Ban Case

The high court is leaving in place an appellate court ruling that found it was unconstitutional to prosecute homeless people for sleeping in public outdoors when no shelter was available.

Cities Increasingly Enacting Bans Restricting Homeless People, Report Says

In the last three years, more cities have prohibited camping, sleeping in public, sharing food, and living in vehicles.

Amid Crackdowns on Homeless People Living Outside, Group Appeals Food Sharing Case

Food Not Bombs is appealing the latest ruling in a case that challenged restrictions on sharing food with the homeless in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Redefining Homelessness Could Help Families on the Edge, Advocates Say

Two states this year passed laws to fight youth homelessness.

Building an Enduring Foundation to Reduce Homelessness

COMMENTARY | Communities can improve outcomes for people experiencing homelessness by ensuring they have strong governance for their continuum of care systems.

What New Orleans Can Teach Other Cities About Reducing Homelessness

New Orleans slashed its homelessness numbers by 90% over a decade but has hit a plateau.

Cities, States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Homeless Camping Ban Case

After a Boise, Idaho law that prohibits sleeping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court, some local governments are raising concerns about how they can now legally address problems stemming from homeless people living on the streets.

Housing Organizations Slam White House Report on Homelessness

As Trump targets California’s homeless crisis, a report from his Council of Economic Advisors lays out a policing-heavy blueprint for fixing the issue.

Advocates Push Back on Trump Administration Call for 'Humane Policing' of Homeless People

Ahead of President Trump’s trip to California this week, the administration has outlined strategies including housing deregulation and increased law enforcement involvement.

'Gravely Disabled' Homeless Forced Into Mental Health Care in More States

Nearly a third of U.S. homeless people are living with serious, untreated mental illness.

A Ticket to Ride: Will Busing the Homeless Help or Just Move People Along?

In King County, Washington, a local lawmaker wants to spend $1 million to offer free bus tickets to homeless people to help them reunite with family.

Congress Looks At Ways to Help Los Angeles With Homelessness Crisis

At a House Financial Committee hearing, members of Congress heard about possible local, state, and federal solutions.