Homelessness

Juvenile Justice Reform Sets Us On a Path to End Youth Homelessness

COMMENTARY | In Washington state, thousands of young people are locked up annually for “status offenses” and find themselves homeless when leaving detention. A new law seeks to change that.

San Diego (Again) Bans Sleeping in Cars

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seminole Tribe stops casino payments to Florida … Texas moves to make internet more accessible in rural areas … Wisconsin passes crime victim rights bill.

Wisconsin Legislators Push to Make Cash Tips Tax-Free

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Protesters disrupt hearing over Texas bill meant to prevent protests … New Orleans passes measure to clear homeless camps … Nebraska moves to ban shackling of pregnant women in prison.

Denver Homeless Camping Ballot Initiative Fails

Voters overwhelmingly rejected a ballot initiative that sought to give homeless people the right to camp in public places.

The Homeless Are Dying In Record Numbers On The Streets Of Los Angeles

Deaths increased 76% in the past five years, according to an analysis of coroner data.

This City Might Give Homeless People the Right to Camp Anywhere

The Denver initiative is the latest front in a campaign advocates for homeless people have been waging at the state level for years.

The Poop Problem Plaguing One of America’s Wealthiest Cities

“People should have places to go to the bathroom when they need to, and in San Francisco they don't,” says a supervisor there looking to tackle this and other issues tied to street cleanliness.

Building a Map to Help Care for Vulnerable Residents

San Bernardino County, California, uses a survey and mapping tool to connect homeless people with support services.

How to Build NIMBY-Proof Homeless Shelters? Make Them Mandatory.

To foil community pushback over new facilities for people in homelessness, a San Francisco lawmaker wants all neighborhoods to share the responsibility.

We Have A Trust Problem When it Comes to Homelessness. Better Data Can Help.

COMMENTARY | If regions aren’t unified in how they define and measure homelessness, they can’t even begin to tackle the problem. Here’s what we recommend.

How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle

COMMENTARY | The Urban Institute examines the progress of Denver's permanent supportive housing program, which is paid for through a social impact bond.

One in Eight NYC Students is Homeless by Fifth Grade

New research found that homelessness among students in New York City varied widely depending on geography and ethnicity.

Portlanders Don’t Hesitate to Call 911 About ‘Unwanted’ Persons

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | N.M. governor pulls National Guard troops from border … legal challenge to Idaho Medicaid expansion fails … and shortest commutes.

Paying the Homeless to Clean Up City Parks

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Civil asset forfeiture reform bills … New Orleans short-term rental restrictions … and Oregon roadkill consumption rules.

San Francisco’s Homelessness Tradeoff

Taxing big business means more money for health care and social assistance, but the city’s economist says it could also mean fewer jobs and a smaller economy if companies move or open elsewhere—which could sting in a recession.

Tough But Important Lessons From San Diego’s 2017 Hepatitis A Emergency

A California state auditor’s report focuses much attention on a slow public health response as the highly-contagious liver disease spread.

States, Counties and Cities Report Surges in Hepatitis A Cases

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Communication black hole during Camp Fire … N.Y. seafood fraud investigation … and mental health needs swell after Anchorage quake.

U.S. Homelessness Edged Upwards This Year, Federal Report Says

At least one advocacy group points to housing affordability as a key factor. Also on Monday, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced a high-level staff departure.