Poverty

A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America

The UN’s Philip Alston is an expert on deprivation – and he wants to know why 41m Americans are living in poverty. The Guardian joined him on a special two-week mission into the dark heart of the world’s richest nation<p>Los Angeles, California, 5 December<p>“You got a choice to make, man. You could go …

Black Culture

Woman wanting to feed the homeless told by council they have 'enough'

A business woman was left outraged after Cardiff Council turned down her offer to feed homeless people saying they had “enough” food.<p>Louise Birch, …

Cardiff

A formerly homeless man gave us a tour of the rough neighborhood in San Francisco that's been overrun by tech companies

Over the past several years, the Tenderloin — a San Francisco neighborhood known as an enclave for the city's chronically homeless — has been infiltrated by tech companies. The rent is cheaper than anywhere else downtown, and the city provides tax breaks to companies planting roots in specific …

Business

Extreme poverty in America: read the UN special monitor's report

Philp Alston, the UN’s special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, has spent 10 days touring America. This is the introduction to his report<p>A journey through a land of extreme poverty: welcome to America<p>I have spent the past two weeks visiting the United States, at the invitation of the …

Indigenous Peoples

Councils condemned after illegally placing homeless families in damp, infested accommodation

Councils have been condemned for illegally placing homeless families in “simply unacceptable” accommodation amid soaring levels of homelessness.<p>The …

Housing

Crime-Fighting Robot Deployed Near San Francisco Homeless Encampment Fired

SAN FRANCISCO—Last month, the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals deployed a 400-pound robot to help combat a sharp rise in car break-ins and other crime at one of its animal shelter facilities here.<p>On Thursday, the Knightscope K5 was benched amid complaints that it was …

San Francisco

What happens when the city, police 'clean up' a tent city

'The last thing we want to see is anything tragic happen. Nobody should be living like this': Hamilton police<p>A couple of months ago, an open fire …

Cities

Emergency shelters to open whenever temperatures drop below zero

Emergency shelters will open whenever temperatures are forecast to be below zero, Sadiq Khan has announced.<p>The London Mayor revealed the new measure, …

DCLG

Utah homeless shelter seeks new funding after grant expires

The only homeless shelter in a southwestern Utah city is looking for new funding after a state grant has dried up.<p>KUTV-TV reports the Switchpoint …

Business

New campaign to help London’s rough sleepers

Helping rough sleepers to access vital services and find a permanent path off London’s streets are the aims of a major new campaign launched by Mayor …

London

Morecambe MP stirs row after doubting poverty claims by local schools

Conservative MP David Morris questions stories of rickets and hungry children, saying claims are from schools ‘with links to leftwing group Momentum’<p>A row is brewing between a Conservative MP and some of his Lancashire constituents after he suggested that claims by teachers about extreme poverty at …

Propaganda

Holiday Wish Part 1: That Baltimore’s leaders tell the truth about the homeless crisis

There it was at the top of an editorial in the <i>Baltimore Sun</i>: “Advocates estimate that on any given night some 2,600 people are sleeping on the …

Baltimore

WNC nonprofits help homeless students

Several local nonprofits have teamed up to help homeless students in Buncombe County.<p>United Way volunteers helped unload food boxes, provided by …

Asheville

AP PHOTOS: Poverty and addiction grip Los Angeles' Skid Row

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Skid Row area of downtown Los Angeles is home to thousands of chronically homeless people.<p>Each one has a different story about how they ended up in this center of abject poverty, where drugs rule the streets night and day.<p>"It's miserable quitting, or trying — trying …

Social Work

Health Care Costs Push A Staggering Number Of People Into Extreme Poverty

There's new — and shocking — evidence about the toll that health care costs are taking on the world's most vulnerable. A joint report pulished in the journal <i>Lancet Global Health</i> this week by the World Bank and the World Health Organization estimates that each year more than 100 million people are …

Health Care

Woman arrested for handing out food to homeless people

A woman is set to appear in court today for handing out food to homeless people.<p>Adele MacLean was arrested in November after she refused to stop …

Homelessness

Local food pantries grateful, still in need

Volunteers at the Sharing & Caring food pantry can breathe a bit easier.<p>It's Christmas. And, as Sharing & Caring of Fort Walton Beach president Ken …

Nonprofits

A Life in Happyland: A disturbing insight into the daily lives of children in Manila's worst slum

Over the last two years, Western media have focused on Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs. However, most Filipinos are happy …

Ben Carson is right about one thing when it comes to homelessness

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released new data last week showing that homelessness may have inched up slightly, based on an annual count of homeless people during one night in January. Although not perfect, this is the best measurement we have to get an overall picture of …

Opinion

REPORT: 3 Ways That Media Outlets Demonize Black Families

A new report finds that media outlets of all leanings repeatedly depict Black families as an impoverished, broken and criminal monolith.<p>Racial …

Race & Ethnicity

The unsettling normalcy of this Orange County homeless encampment

SANTA ANA, Calif. — Street cleaners could be seen washing away the detritus from a homeless encampment in a surreal weekly ritual to accommodate …

Santa Ana

Software Snafu Almost Put Thousands of Homeless People Back on the Streets

There was a moment this year when The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, which serves between 8,000 and 9,000 homeless people a year, almost had to …

Dallas

Winter is coming and Dallas is at war with itself instead of sheltering the homeless

With well-meaning folks trying for so long to get the city's homeless off the streets and into decent shelter, why are we still failing?<p>After a new …

Opinion

80 Homeless People Died In Multnomah County In 2016

Eighty people who were homeless in Multnomah County died in 2016, according to a report released Thursday.<p>That’s similar to the number of deaths of …

Oregon

For the Cost of the Tax Bill, the US Could Eliminate Child Poverty Twice

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Liberal View

Liverpool council ignores Government and vows to help all homeless people at £250,000 rough sleeping centre

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson has launched the city’s new rough sleeping shelter and said he will defy a government order preventing failed asylum …

Knox United Church in Kenora, Ont., hopes to house new homeless shelter

City to go through zoning process to approve church for use as a shelter<p>Knox United Church in Kenora will go through a zoning process to house a …

Aboriginal Canadians

Deporting EU homeless people is illegal rules High Court putting Bristol scheme in doubt

The future of a council scheme which looked to find homeless people from Europe and either help them or send them home could be in doubt after the …

Brexit

Report: 80 homeless people died in Multnomah County in 2016

View Comments<p>Deaths declined by eight since 2015 but homeless advocates say much more needs to be done.<p>Eighty homeless people died in Multnomah …

Portland, OR

Women seeking support from homeless services outnumber men for first time

Archetypal homeless person now a young woman aged 25-34, often with a child, and, increasingly, escaping violence<p>More women than men are seeking homeless support for the first time, with the rise in those escaping domestic or family violence driving a 21% increase in women at risk of homelessness …

Health Care (Australia)