Homelessness

This is the headquarters of the Imperial Valley Ministries located in El Centro, Calif. It is housed in an old movie theater. U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer on Monday, September 10, 2019 announced the arrest of 12 people, leaders of the Imperial Valley Ministries, accusing them of subjecting 31 mostly homeless people to forced labor forcing them to surrender welfare benefits and making them panhandle for the financial benefit of church leaders. (John Gibbins/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 7:29 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The leader of a Southern California ministry charged with using deadbolt locks to detain homeless residents and making them turn over panhandling money was no fly-by-night operator. Imperial Valley Ministries was known in the remote desert region for decades of work helping drug...
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FILE - In this May 24, 2018 file photo, a man sleeps on the sidewalk as people behind line up to buy lunch at a Dick's Drive-In restaurant in Seattle. An elected official in King County, where Seattle is located, wants to dedicate $1 million for one-way bus tickets to relocate homeless people who say they want to reconnect with family outside the region. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
September 11, 2019 - 4:27 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — As the Seattle area tries to tackle its homelessness crisis, an official wants to spend $1 million to expand a strategy of buying bus tickets out of town for people living on the streets. The concept of sending homeless people back to where they say they're from or may have support...
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Amalia Godinez sits her 10-month-old daughter Priscila on her lap as she waits for help at the Guatemalan-Maya Center on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in Lake Worth, Fla. Godinez said she was worried she would lose power and not be able to cook for her three children. Charity groups are worried about vulnerable populations along the eastern coast, who were still in the cone of potential storm pathway forecast by the National Hurricane Center in Miami. (AP PhotoAdriana Gomez)
August 31, 2019 - 2:06 pm
LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) — As Hurricane Dorian headed toward Florida, Natividad Jimenez sat in front of a microphone to tape a message in an Ancient Maya language that few in the world understand but that's spoken by thousands of immigrants in the state. In her native Mam, Jimenez was urging...
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In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, farmer Fernando Amis, explains how Cyclone Idai ruined his home and destroyed his possessions on the outskirts of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. When the cyclone roared through central Mozambique in March, it left some 200,000 people homeless and destroyed about 2 million acres of crops. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)
August 26, 2019 - 5:43 am
VINHO, Mozambique (AP) — When Cyclone Idai roared through central Mozambique in March, it made some 200,000 people homeless and destroyed about 2 million acres of crops. Weeks later, a second cyclone hit northern Mozambique, the first time since record-keeping began that two major cyclones hit the...
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U.S. Attorney David Anderson announces a new federal crime-fighting initiative in San Francisco on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. Seventeen federal law enforcement agencies will team up for a yearlong crackdown on a notorious area of San Francisco where open drug use has been tolerated for years. (AP Photo/Samantha Maldonado)
August 07, 2019 - 8:31 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The first step in a sweeping crackdown on crime ranging from drugs to sex trafficking in a notorious San Francisco neighborhood yielded 32 arrests of mostly Honduran nationals tied to two international operations that poured heroin and cocaine into the community, U.S...
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An attendant exits a "Pit Stop" public toilet on Sixth Street, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019, in San Francisco. A 5-year-old portable toilet program in San Francisco that provides homeless people with a private place to go has expanded to 25 locations in the city and has spread to Los Angeles. Not everyone who uses the “Pit Stop” toilets is homeless, but advocates say steam cleaning requests have dropped in surrounding areas. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
August 02, 2019 - 7:50 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The sidewalks surrounding Ahmed Al Barak's corner market in one of San Francisco's roughest neighborhoods are filled with cardboard, used syringes and homeless people who have nowhere safe to go at night. But Al Barak says it's an improvement from a year ago, before the city...
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August 02, 2019 - 6:05 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An ultra-marathoner is marking his 27th year of recovery by running for 27 continuous hours through a North Carolina park. Charlie Engle of Raleigh says he'll start running at 8 a.m. Saturday and won't stop until 11 a.m. Sunday in Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. He wants to raise...
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July 17, 2019 - 12:30 pm
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Officials in West Palm Beach are hoping a continuous loop of children's songs played throughout the night will keep homeless people from sleeping on the patio of a city-owned rental banquet facility. West Palm Beach parks and recreation director Leah Rockwell tells the...
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In this Wednesday, July 10, 2019 photo Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore pauses during an interview with The Associated Press in Los Angeles. Moore says homelessness is a public health and safety concern rather than a law enforcement issue that requires more mental health, sanitation and housing resources. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
July 11, 2019 - 8:17 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said he is working to eliminate thousands of homeless people's old warrants for minor offenses in the coming weeks as part of a solution to help get people off the streets. "This is a humanitarian crisis of our generation," Moore said...
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This Thursday, June 27, 2019, photo shows Shanna Couper Orona tending to her friend Jess (last name not given) in Jess' parked van along a street in San Francisco. A federally mandated count of homeless in San Francisco increased 17% in two years, driven in part by a surge of people living in RVs and other vehicles. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
July 05, 2019 - 6:51 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Most homeless people in San Francisco sleep in parks and on sidewalks but a growing number are living out of their vehicles, helping fuel an overall 17% increase in homelessness in the last two years, according to a report released Friday. San Francisco tallied about 8,000...
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