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Rise in homeless numbers prompts outrage and alarm across L.A. County
Most nights, Jeremias Ortiz has to shoo away homeless people who sleep and panhandle outside his restaurant, El Salvadoreño in Duarte.
The men and women living in the parking lot are bad for his business, but as their ranks swell, it has become a fact of life — as has cleaning up broken glass, urine and feces.
“They don’t have a place to put [homeless people] in this area. I think it’s where all the problems start.” Local officials, Ortiz said, “are just ignoring the people’s needs.”
According to the latest point-in-time count released Tuesday, the number of homeless people in the San Gabriel Valley jumped 17% from 4,282 in 2018 to 5,021 this year — the second largest bump in Los Angeles County. The largest was on the Westside, up 19% from 4,401 homeless people in 2018 to 5,223 this year. Both outpaced the overall increase of 12% across the county.
Justices reject B&B owner who denied room to gay couple
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday left in place Hawaii court rulings that found a bed and breakfast owner violated the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing to rent a room to a lesbian couple.
The justices rejected an appeal from Aloha Bed & Breakfast owner Phyllis Young, who argued that she should be allowed to turn away gay couples because of her religious beliefs.
"Mrs. Young will rent a bedroom in her home to anyone, including those who are LGBT, but will not rent to any romantic partners other than a husband and wife," her attorney, James Hochberg, said in a statement. "This kind of governmental coercion should disturb every freedom-loving American no matter where you stand on marriage."
A transitional home forced out a lesbian couple, citing their Catholic funding
Medieval Diseases Are Infecting California’s Homeless
Jennifer Millar keeps trash bags and hand sanitizer near her tent, and she regularly pours water mixed with hydrogen peroxide on the sidewalk nearby. Keeping herself and the patch of concrete she calls home clean is a top priority.
But this homeless encampment off a Hollywood freeway ramp is often littered with needles and trash and soaked in urine. Rats occasionally scamper through, and Millar fears the consequences.
Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.
At least 10 diagnosed with mumps at Temple University
An Unvaccinated Boy Got Tetanus And It Cost Over $800,000 To Save His Life
One New York City student with measles sickened 21 people amid outbreak
It's not just measles: Tetanus, Mumps and other vaccine-preventable diseases are still in the US
Mumps, other outbreaks force U.S. detention centers to quarantine over 2,000 migrants
Activists sue city over lack of data for homeless students
The city is refusing to say what it does to ensure that homeless kids get placed in shelters near their schools, a lawsuit charges.
The Manhattan Supreme Court suit comes on the heels of a dismal report by a legal advocacy group, which found that a record one in 10 students in the Big Apple are homeless.
The nonprofit Partnership for the Homeless had then asked the city’s Department for Homeless Services for data about its efforts to place kids in shelters near schools they attended before ending up on the street. The suit says the DHS responded by saying that only a single relevant document exists, and it’s exempt from disclosure under the state’s Freedom of Information Law because it’s an internal draft.
Trump plan would raise rents on poor people by 26% on average
The Trump administration’s latest attack on housing assistance would boost rents by an average 26 percent for millions of financially vulnerable Americans and increase the risk of homelessness, a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analysis found.
Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson claimed the “Make Affordable Housing Work Act,” which he announced on April 25, would create a path towards self-sufficiency for low-income Americans receiving housing assistance.
Under the plan, which still needs Congressional approval, people receiving housing assistance would see the percentage of their total income they are required to pay towards housing increase from 30 to 35 percent. It would also raise the minimum monthly rent on the 712,000 most financially vulnerable families from $50 to $150 per month, eliminate deductions for medical care and child care, and allow housing authorities to impose work requirements.
John Barrowman is threatening to launch a Target boycott for a really good reason
Out actor John Barrowman is none too pleased with Target and urged his fans to consider boycotting the store in a post on Instagram.
Barrowman says in the video that he was shopping at the Target in West Hollywood and attempted to buy a gift certificate, a shirt and a jacket for a homeless man. Store staff “lectured” the actor, telling him he wasn’t allowed to buy the items for the man in need.
This cheap 3D-printed home is a start for the 1 billion who lack shelter
Food, water, and shelter are basic human needs, but 1.2 billion people in the world live without adequate housing, according to a report by the World Resources Institute’s Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Today at SXSW, an Austin-based startup will unveil its approach to combat that deficiency by using low-cost 3D printing as a potential solution.
California seeks solutions to homeless sex offender rate
California has as many homeless sex offenders now as it did 2? years ago, when a state Supreme Court ruling that overturned restrictions on where they could live was seen as a way to increase housing options and allow law enforcement to better track them.
The number of homeless offenders more than tripled after voters banned sex offenders from living near schools and parks a decade ago.
This trans woman has started an important conversation about homelessness
A transgender woman has taken to Twitter to start an important conversation about being homeless in America.
Heather Snow has been homeless on and off for the past six years, and for the last four months she has lived at a Salvation Army shelter in Portland, Oregon.
Snow decided to take to Twitter to express her frustrations with the charity about the conditions of the shelter, which houses around a 100 other homeless women.
She began the thread by pleading with her followers and others to not donate to the Salvation Army, before going on to explain why.
No true count of homeless LGBTQ youth makes problem difficult to address
Being 15 years old isn’t easy for a lot of people. You’re a freshman in high school and really starting to come into your own. You’re trying to figure out where you belong and what you want to do with your future.
Imagine going through your early teenage years without the support and acceptance of your family, with no place to call home, turning to drugs and living in constant fear.
That was Sage Moctezuma’s life when she was 15.
Moctezuma, now 22, was assigned male at birth but said she didn’t identify with her assigned gender. She lived as a gay male for a while, but today she is living as a transgender woman. She said her family accepted her being a gay male but struggled to accept her for being transgender, having no knowledge or tolerance for the transgender lifestyle.
“They had nothing to give me there, so I had to take off,” Moctezuma said. “They weren’t supportive or anything like that. I had to kind of make my own way for awhile.”
She began using drugs and attempted suicide twice. She left home and, for several years, lived with anyone willing to give her a place to stay.
Why men are having problems getting married
If it’s universally acknowledged that a single man with a good fortune needs a wife, the American economy may be now illustrating the inverse of that corollary: Poor men with dwindling job prospects are going to lack marriage prospects.
The decline of the institution of marriage has been studied by social scientists and policymakers, but new economic research from MIT economics professor David Autor and his colleagues points to labor issues that helped Donald Trump win the presidential election: The decline of American manufacturing and the rise of Chinese imports.
As manufacturing jobs dried up over the last few decades, blue-collar men have suffered from lower income, fewer job opportunities and the increased likelihood of risky behavior, which in turn has hurt their marriage prospects, Autor and his co-authors wrote in a paper published at the National Bureau of Economic research.
New Yorkers see drastic spike in home foreclosures
October brought an ugly surprise to hundreds of New Yorkers, as new foreclosure cases spiked dramatically.
More than 1,100 NYC households fell into foreclosure in October, a 32 percent increase from September, and a 37 percent increase from last year. Queens, which has been hard-hit since the foreclosure crisis began in 2007, had 400 new cases last month, nearly double the number of a year ago.
Brooklyn also took it on the chin, with 365 new cases, a 20 percent increase. Statewide, the number of new cases jumped 15 percent, according to real estate research firm Attom Data Solutions.
“We’re definitely seeing a spike,” said Westchester-based attorney Linda Tirelli.
Investors are flipping troubled homes like it’s 2006 again
Home flipping, a staple of the pre-recession real estate boom, is on the rise again.
Romanticized on reality TV as an exciting path to quick profits, flips are defined as a resale within one year after buying the house.
The reality on the ground in Queens, where flips have spiked 10 percent in the first half of 2016, and Long Island, where they have vaulted nearly 40 percent, is the loss of hundreds of affordable homes for low- and middle-income New Yorkers.
The continuing foreclosure crisis, combined with an economic recovery that has excluded many New Yorkers, is fueling the uptick.
In the second quarter, 46 percent of Long Island home flips, and 34 percent of those in the five boroughs, were purchased as distressed properties, according to Attom Data Solutions.
By some measures, the distressed percentage in New York City is even higher.
Horny homeless men use Times Square Wi-Fi to watch porn
The city spent years sweeping porn and peep shows from Times Square — and in just a matter of months, the deBlasio administration brought back the sleaze, The Post has learned.
The XXX-rated action returned to the Crossroads of the World via tablet-equipped street kiosks that horny hobos and even some curious school kids have used to get their kicks.
The city announced an innovative program in January designed to offer free high-speed Internet access at former telephone booths throughout the city.
But the plan badly backfired when scores of homeless men — and some schoolchildren — soon realized they could surf porn sites all day on the city’s dime using the communal Android-run tablets and gratis Wi-Fi.