Tag: homeless

California Cities Are Building ‘Sanctioned’ Homeless Encampments. Here’s What That Looks Like.

At least two California cities are now building their own open-air tent encampments for the homeless, putting on stark display the state’s present inability to safely get people indoors amid an unprecedented pandemic. The new, so-called “sanctioned encampments” in Santa Rosa and San Francisco space out tents by several feet and enforce social distancing guidelines, […]

Read More

‘Literally a Lifeline:’ Doctors Without Borders Is Getting Cell Phones to Homeless People so They Can Stay Connected During Coronavirus

Doctors Without Borders is known globally for dispatching its medical teams and logistical services to impoverished war-torn, famine-stricken, disaster-plagued countries that need life-saving services, fast. So when it set up shop in New York City at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic — a rarity for a group that doesn’t often operate in the U.S. […]

Read More

10-Year-Old Creates Art Kits For Children Living In Homeless Shelters Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

When 10-year-old Chelsea Phaire was gifted an expensive art kit from a family friend for Christmas two years ago, the present drew a conversation between the youngster and her parents about the lack of accessibility to art supplies among underserved youth. Determined to address the issue, Chelsea set out on a mission to share her […]

Read More

San Francisco Mayor London Breed Ordered to Provide Hotel Rooms for the City’s Homeless During Health Emergency

Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) Since the coronavirus pandemic began, one issue has come up again and again: How do we best care for the nation’s homeless population? San Francisco lawmakers have taken a noble and aggressive approach to shelter the homeless in their city by ordering the mayor to lease thousands of hotel rooms […]

Read More

#COVIDWhileBlack: Miami Doctor Who Tests Homeless for COVID-19 Handcuffed for No Apparent Reason

Screenshot: Armen Henderson (Miami Herald) Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina announced this weekend that his department was investigating an incident in which a Miami-Dade police sergeant handcuffed and detained a black doctor in front of his own home. Dr. Armen Henderson says he was loading up his van with supplies he planned to take to […]

Read More

Food Banks and Pantries Are Facing a ‘Tsunami’ of People in Need from the Coronavirus Crisis

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Food banks, pantries, and hunger relief providers across the country say they’re seeing an unprecedented surge in demand for meals — sometimes double their typical amount of clientele — as the coronavirus pandemic pushes more people into poverty. From Silicon Valley to […]

Read More

Atlanta Nonprofit Provides Hand-Washing Stations To Combat COVID-19 Spread Among The Homeless

In the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there are glimpses of hope. Local community leaders are stepping up in an effort to combat the spread of the virus. According to The Inquisitr, Atlanta-based social entrepreneur Terence Lester has provided portable hand-washing stations for the city’s homeless population. Awesome act of kindness! An Atlanta man […]

Read More

Housing as a Human Right: Movement Gains Steam in Los Angeles in Response to Pandemic

Photo: APU GOMES (AFP via Getty Images) For years, a housing crisis in California has been coming to a head as skyrocketing rents have outpaced people’s wages. That crisis has led to a growing homeless population the state has struggled to assist. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic requiring Californians to “shelter-in-place,” homeless families find themselves […]

Read More

Coronavirus And Housing: Here’s How People Are Fighting Homelessness In The Era Of COVID-19

Source: Spencer Platt / Getty With the closing of businesses across the country due to the coronavirus, many workers must face the idea of not being able to pay their rent. For cities that are already suffering a homeless crisis, the health risks are increased even further by the presence of the coronavirus disease 2019 […]

Read More

North Carolina Family Uses Car Dealership As Safe Space For The Homeless

A North Carolina family is using their business as an avenue to combat homelessness in their local community. According to People, James and Haydee Charles transformed their car dealership into a safe space for individuals without shelter to sleep during the night. Nearly six months ago one of the couple’s six children came across a […]

Read More

Newport News siblings look for donations to help the homeless community

Please enable Javascript to watch this video NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Newport News is coming together to help the homeless stay warm during the winter, and an unlikely duo is leading the charge to change their community. Five days ago, Kahmyll Simpson had the simple goal of helping her community keep warm. Kayden (left) and […]

Read More

Virginia Beach considers imposing $250 fine for putting up a tent on the beach

Please enable Javascript to watch this video VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.— Pitching a tent at the oceanfront could become a crime with a hefty fine in Virginia Beach. City council is voting on a new ordinance that could impact the homeless community by punishing offenders with a ticket for hundreds of dollars. The ordinance was brought […]

Read More