California’s Housing Crisis Looms Large for Gavin Newsom

Having survived a recall vote, the governor is free to focus on the state’s homeless population and housing shortage. He has more room to maneuver than he did when he first took office.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #california, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #local-government, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

The U.S. Is Winning the War on Poverty

Government programs have steadily reduced the share of people in poverty

#census, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #internal-sub-only, #poverty, #united-states-economy

A Sanctuary Takes Shape, Framed Around Migrants

Near Tijuana’s border with San Diego, innovative housing is being constructed for refugees.

#architecture, #central-america, #design, #homeless-persons, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #prouve-jean-1901-84, #san-diego-calif, #squatters, #tijuana-mexico, #university-of-california-san-diego

California Could Throw Away What It’s Won

A crazy recall process could lead to repudiation of the state’s policy successes.

#california, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elder-larry-1952, #elections-california-gubernatorial-recall-2021, #homeless-persons, #newsom-gavin, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #texas

Want to Solve the Housing Crisis? Take Over Hotels.

A discussion on the escalating problem of unaffordability.

#affordable-housing, #eminent-domain, #evictions, #homeless-persons, #landlords, #rent-control-and-stabilization, #zoning

Man Held for More Than 2 Years After Hawaii Arrest Over Mistaken Identity, Lawyer Says

Joshua Spriestersbach was arrested in 2017 in Hawaii after a police officer thought he looked like a man who had an outstanding warrant, according to a petition to clear his record.

#castleberry-thomas, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #homeless-persons, #honolulu-hawaii, #identification-devices, #innocence-project, #mental-health-and-disorders, #mistaken-identity, #spriestersbach-joshua

How to Raise a Happy Family When You’re Homeless

Stable, affordable housing was out of reach for a Bay Area family. In a new short film, see a personal account of building a home without a house.

#affordable-housing, #california, #documentary-films-and-programs, #families-and-family-life, #homeless-persons, #parenting, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #united-states

Eric Adams Has Plans for New York, Beyond Public Safety

Mr. Adams, the Democratic mayoral nominee, has stances on policing, transportation and education that suggest a shift from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #congestion-pricing, #content-type-personal-profile, #education-k-12, #elections-mayors, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #politics-and-government, #real-estate-commercial, #roads-and-traffic

Overnight Vaccination Drive in Rome Reaches Out to the ‘Most Fragile’

Nearly 900 people showed up for music, free espresso and cornetti, and a chance for protection against the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #italy, #johnsonjohnson, #romani-people, #rome-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

Los Angeles’s Housing Crisis: Can Design Be a Solution?

As Angelenos grapple with ways to address affordable housing, density and homelessness, a new architecture competition looks to low-rise solutions.

#affordable-housing, #architecture, #homeless-persons, #los-angeles-calif, #may-cliff, #race-and-ethnicity, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

What It’s Like to Work in 115 Degree Weather in Phoenix

Phoenix is facing a double heat and housing crisis that is falling hardest on people who have to suffer the sun.

#arizona, #gallego-kate, #homeless-persons, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #temperature, #weather

How the Candidates for N.Y.C. Mayor Would Tackle Homelessness

In the Democratic primary’s last days, and with New York’s economy starting to regain its footing, a chronic problem gains new urgency.

#adams-eric-l, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #evictions, #garcia-kathryn, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #mcguire-raymond-j, #mental-health-and-disorders, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

5 takeaways from the final Democratic debate for New York mayor.

Most candidates avoided attacking Eric Adams, the presumed front-runner, while mental illness and affordable housing dominated the policy discussion.

#adams-eric-l, #black-people, #debates-political, #democratic-party, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #homeless-persons, #mcguire-raymond-j, #mental-health-and-disorders, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #police-reform, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

8,000 Homeless People to Be Moved From Hotels to Shelters, New York Says

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement signals the beginning of the end to an arrangement that many homeless people said provided a better living environment.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #new-york-city, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Candidates Clash Over New York City’s Future in Final Mayoral Debate

The eight contenders jousted over their policies on public safety, homelessness, education and climate change with less than a week left in the campaign.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #debates-political, #democratic-party, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #garcia-kathryn, #homeless-persons, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

New York Has a Housing Crisis. How Would the Mayoral Candidates Fix It?

New York City’s affordability problems were laid bare by the pandemic. Mayoral candidates offer solutions, but steep political and logistical obstacles remain.

#adams-eric-l, #affordable-housing, #donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #homeless-persons, #housing-authority-nyc, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #stringer-scott-m, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

A Monthslong Battle on the Upper West Side Ends

A court ruling has resolved a conflict over homeless men at a hotel. The clash raised questions around race, class and tolerance.

#3-dollar-bill-brooklyn-ny-nightclub, #brooklyn-museum, #coalition-for-the-homeless, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dabaron-shams, #homeless-persons, #lucerne-manhattan-ny-hotel, #new-york-city, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

Homeless Men Lose Court Battle to Stay in Upper West Side Hotel

The city said the men at the Lucerne could stay there until a larger move of homeless people out of hotels amid the reopening.

#coalition-for-the-homeless, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #lucerne-manhattan-ny-hotel, #new-york-city, #newman-andy, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

Devin Hilton Falsely Accused by Citizen App of Starting Wildfire

Citizen, a neighborhood crime and safety app, posted a photo of a man and offered a $30,000 reward for tips leading to his arrest. It set off a hunt for the wrong man.

#citizen-app-mobile-app, #homeless-persons, #los-angeles-calif, #mobile-applications, #pacific-palisades-calif, #privacy, #social-media, #wildfires

Rash of Subway Attacks Raises Worries With 24-Hour Service Set to Return

Hours after mayoral candidates clashed over how to address crime in the transit system, the police reported a series of early-morning assaults.

#assaults, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #homeless-persons, #internal-storyline-no, #mcguire-raymond-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #morales-dianne, #subways, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

Rash of MTA Subway Attacks Raise Worries With Service Set to Return

Hours after mayoral candidates clashed over how to address crime in the transit system, the police reported a series of early-morning assaults.

#assaults, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #elections-mayors, #garcia-kathryn, #homeless-persons, #internal-storyline-no, #mcguire-raymond-j, #metropolitan-transportation-authority, #morales-dianne, #subways, #wiley-maya, #yang-andrew-1975

Newsom’s Plan: California’s Middle-Class Taxpayers Could Get a Rebate Under Proposal

Faced with a large state surplus and a looming recall election, Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed giving at least $600 to two-thirds of California taxpayers.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #homeless-persons, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #rebates-and-refunds, #taxation

Remember the Homeless Chess Champion? The Boy Is Now a Chess Master.

A soaring chess prodigy is a reminder: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.

#adewumi-tanitoluwa, #chess, #homeless-persons, #karjakin-sergey, #kasparov-garry

Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon Valley

For many midlevel engineers and food truck workers and longtime residents, a region filled with extremes has become increasingly inhospitable.

#homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #silicon-valley-calif, #wages-and-salaries

A Pop-Up Vaccine Site in One of Canada’s Most Impoverished Neighborhoods

In Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, health authorities have prioritized vaccinations for the homeless and other disadvantaged people to try to contain the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #homeless-persons, #trudeau-justin, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vancouver-british-columbia

San Francisco Contends With a Different Sort of Epidemic: Drug Deaths

More people died from overdoses than from the coronavirus in San Francisco last year. Some think the toll, tied to homelessness, should force the city to re-examine its approach to illicit drugs.

#deaths-fatalities, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #fentanyl, #homeless-persons, #naloxone-drug, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

Jobs for Homeless L.G.B.T.Q. Youth

New York City struggles to support L.G.B.T.Q. youth who are experiencing homelessness and unemployment. 

#homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #unemployment, #youth

They Came to N.Y.C. for Acceptance. Now They Need Jobs.

A new city program for homeless L.G.B.T.Q. youth will offer job placement, education and mental health support to help them achieve career success.

#discrimination, #forney-ali-center, #homeless-persons, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #unemployment, #workplace-environment, #youth

One Way to Get People Off the Streets: Buy Hotels

For homeless people, a place to live is life changing to a degree that almost no other intervention can provide.

#affordable-housing, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #homeless-persons, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #newsom-gavin, #politics-and-government, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #real-estate-commercial, #san-francisco-calif, #tenderloin-san-francisco-calif

The Toronto Carpenter Who Built Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Khaleel Seivwright built himself a wooden shanty while living on a West Coast commune. Then he started building similar lodgings for homeless people in Toronto to survive the winter.

#carpentry-and-carpenters, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #philanthropy, #public-and-subsidized-housing, #seivwright-khaleel, #toronto-ontario

She Works in a Homeless Shelter, and She Lives in One, Too

Many employees of New York’s homeless shelters are themselves in precarious economic situations, and some are or have been homeless.

#acacia-network-housing-inc, #de-blasio-bill, #guards, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #quinn-christine-c

Lessons for America From a Weird Portland

Soaring rhetoric about justice is fine. But what matters more is keeping people safe and picking up the garbage.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #homeless-persons, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #portland-ore, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vandalism

He Was Charged in an Anti-Asian Attack. It Was His 33rd Arrest.

Many people arrested in assaults on Asian residents in New York have had a history of mental health episodes, arrests and homelessness, complicating the city’s search for an effective response.

#asian-americans, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #de-blasio-bill, #elliot-brandon-march-29-2001-assault, #hate-crimes, #homeless-persons, #race-and-ethnicity, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #trump-donald-j

Helping Homeless People in N.Y.C. Get Stimulus Payments

Many homeless people in the city did not receive their stimulus checks, but it’s not too late.

#adams-eric-l, #amusement-and-theme-parks, #coney-island-brooklyn-ny, #homeless-persons, #luna-park-brooklyn-ny, #new-york-city, #newman-andy

How the Homeless Are Struggling to Get Their Stimulus Checks

Many people living in homeless shelters and on the street have not received the federal stimulus checks they’re entitled to, stymied by misinformation and bureaucracy.

#american-recovery-and-reinvestment-act-2009, #coalition-for-the-homeless, #department-of-social-services, #federal-taxes-us, #homeless-persons, #internal-revenue-service, #manhattan-nyc, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #stimulus

Housing Boss Who Was Accused of Sexual Abuse Now Faces Bribery Charges

Prosecutors accused Victor Rivera of enriching himself through kickbacks as he led one of the largest homeless shelter operations in New York City.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #homeless-persons, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

Homelessness in U.S. Rose for 4th Straight Year, Report Says

A new report almost certainly underestimates the spread, depth and urgency of the crisis given that the data doesn’t yet reflect the pandemic, federal officials warned.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fudge-marcia-l, #homeless-persons, #housing-and-urban-development-department, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #stimulus-economic, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

3 Are Struck and Killed by Driver in San Diego

At least six others were injured when a man drove a station wagon onto a sidewalk in an area where homeless people often seek shelter, the authorities said.

#deaths-fatalities, #east-village-san-diego-calif, #homeless-persons, #san-diego-calif, #traffic-accidents-and-safety

Covid-19 Conundrum in Rome: More Homeless on Streets as Shelters Shrink

Distancing measures have forced shelters to limit capacity, leaving many homeless people vulnerable to harsh weather and other hardships.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #italy, #rome-italy, #shutdowns-institutional

In California, Berkeley Beat Back NIMBYs

Is California finally ready to accept a more sustainable way of life?

#affordable-housing, #city-councils, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #zoning

Four Subway Stabbings and a Young Man’s Downward Spiral

The rampage on the A train line reflected a convergence of crises — homelessness and mental illness — in a desolate subway system.

#bronxworks, #homeless-persons, #homeless-services-department-nyc, #lopez-rigoberto, #mental-health-and-disorders, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #new-york-city, #new-york-city-transit-authority, #police-department-nyc, #subways

How to Help Winter Storm Relief in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana

These organizations are providing food, supplies and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#blood-donation, #food, #food-banks-and-pantries, #homeless-persons, #humanitarian-aid, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #snow-and-snowstorms, #weather, #winter-season

Homeless Man Arrested in Subway Stabbings That Left 2 Dead, 2 Wounded

Rigoberto Lopez, 21, was arrested on murder and attempted murder charges. The police said he ambushed homeless people who were sleeping in the subway.

#city-council-nyc, #far-rockaway-queens-ny, #homeless-persons, #lopez-rigoberto, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-department-nyc, #subways, #washington-heights-manhattan-ny

‘Likely a Death Sentence’: Officials Fear Cold Weather Is Greater Risk for Homeless than Virus

Cities and community groups are wrestling with how to shelter a vulnerable population without exposing it to an airborne virus that spreads most easily indoors.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #kansas-city-mo

Can Biden Save Americans Like My Old Pal Mike?

A childhood friend’s deadly mistakes prompt reflection on our country’s — and my own.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #democratic-party, #homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #mental-health-and-disorders, #minimum-wage, #oregon, #poverty, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wages-and-salaries, #yamhill-ore

Homeless and Exploited

Victor Rivera, the head of a network of shelters in New York, is accused of abusing a system meant to help the most vulnerable.

#bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #south-bronx-bronx-ny

Bronx D.A. Investigates Victor Rivera Sexual Abuse Allegations

Victor Rivera, the chief executive of the Bronx Parent Housing Network, one of the largest operators of homeless shelters in New York City, was accused of sexual abuse and financial impropriety.

#bronx-nyc, #bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #de-blasio-bill, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

An Overnight Refuge for Homeless New Yorkers, Lost to the Pandemic

The city’s homeless population has faced a particularly brutal winter as coronavirus restrictions have kept the subway and other indoor public spaces closed.

#banks-steven, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #shutdowns-institutional, #subways, #transit-systems

No More Playing Nice: 5 Highlights From the Mayor’s Race

The candidates make stronger attacks against one another, as a Republican enters the race hoping to court Hispanic voters.

#dabaron-shams, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #homeless-persons, #mateo-fernando, #new-york-city, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #voting-and-voters, #wiley-maya

After Abuse Allegations, $2 Billion Shelter Network Faces Scrutiny

Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a review of the groups that run New York’s homeless housing after The New York Times uncovered accusations of sexual and financial misconduct.

#bronx-parent-housing-network-inc, #conflicts-of-interest, #de-blasio-bill, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #homeless-persons, #new-york-city, #nonprofit-organizations, #rivera-victor-m-1960, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment