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Wealthy CEOs complain about feeling 'unsafe' because of homeless people in San Francisco

Wealthy CEOs complain about feeling 'unsafe' because of homeless people in San FranciscoA major healthcare conference in San Francisco this week has sparked a debate about the California city’s homeless crisis as wealthy executives and investors complain of feeling 'unsafe'.The city rakes in $ 51m (£39m) each year from the annual JPMorgan Healthcare Conference despite growing concerns about the city’s homeless population among attendees of the healthcare industry’s leading conference, according to Bloomberg News.



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Supreme Court upholds homeless people's right to sleep on public property outdoors

Supreme Court upholds homeless people's right to sleep on public property outdoorsThe U.S. Supreme Court let stand a ruling that said homeless people have a constitutional right to sleep on public property outdoors if no other shelter is available to them.

The justices without comment on Monday turned away an appeal by Boise, Idaho, which said the federal appeals court ruling would leave cities “powerless” to address residents’ health and safety concerns.



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New York gave homeless 'offer they can't refuse,' New Jersey mayor's lawsuit claims

New York gave homeless 'offer they can't refuse,' New Jersey mayor's lawsuit claimsNewark Mayor Ras Baraka’s administration has sued New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, accusing the fellow Democrat of dumping his city’s population of homeless people on New Jersey’s biggest city. The lawsuit accuses the de Blasio administration’s Special One-Time Assistance, or SOTA, program of using strong-arm tactics to send people across the Hudson River to find a place to live.



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Las Vegas bans homeless people from sleeping rough if shelter beds available

Las Vegas bans homeless people from sleeping rough if shelter beds availableLas Vegas has passed a law banning sleeping on the street if there are places in homeless shelters available.  To combat the growing number of homeless people in the city, the new law will impose punishments of a $ 1,000 fine and six months in prison. The ordinance – the latest in a series of measures by US cities to grapple with rising vagrancy – comes into force on Sunday, but its criminal provisions will not be applied until February. Sleeping on the streets of the gambling hub will only be illegal in downtown Las Vegas and residential areas – not the famous casino "Strip," which comes under a different jurisdiction. It will not apply when homeless shelters are full. Opponents of the law focused their anger on Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman before and during the vote late Wednesday. Protesters outside Las Vegas City Hall say housing shortages should be tackled before making 'surviving illegal' for the homeless Credit: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal Demonstrators outside City Hall chanted "Housing, not handcuffs" and held signs proclaiming "Poverty is not a crime," local media reported. Ms Goodman said the law is necessary for a city that is highly dependent on tourism revenues and to protect "the health and safety of the entire community." The law is not intended to punish the homeless but to help with their reintegration into society, she said, according to NPR radio. It has been backed by Las Vegas's Chamber of Commerce. According to the latest census, 5,500 people sleep on the streets of southern Nevada each night. Only 2,000 beds are available through municipal services and charities. –



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Where Does California's Homeless Population Come From?

Where Does California's Homeless Population Come From?Today, we have a dispatch from our colleague Marie Tae McDermott, who tackled the latest installment of our series answering readers' questions about inequality in California:Christine Kroger, a reader from Stockton, wrote: "Where are the homeless people from? If they are transplants, when did they come to California, what brought them here, and how did they end up in their current circumstances?"Another reader, Jim, from Santa Cruz, wrote that he believed "many, if not most" of the homeless people he saw were not native Californians. He asked: "Why is California bearing the brunt of this national crisis?"Elizabeth Erickson, a reader in Seattle, echoed his sentiments, saying: "Do many homeless or near-homeless move to politically liberal areas, making the assumption that they will receive more assistance?"As the data shows us, most of the homeless people you pass on the streets every day are in fact Californians. Some may have rented an apartment or once owned a home in your neighborhood. Now they sleep in an encampment near the freeway you take to work each morning."This is a local crisis and a homegrown problem," said Peter Lynn, the executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the agency that conducts the largest homeless census count in the country.Several years ago, LAHSA added a question to its homeless survey that captured how long a person had been in Los Angeles and where they became homeless. The resulting data dispelled the idea that the homeless population was largely made up of people from out of state."The vast majority fell into homelessness in LA County," Lynn said.LAHSA's 2019 homeless count found that 64% of the 58,936 Los Angeles County residents experiencing homelessness had lived in the city for more than 10 years. Less than a fifth (18%) said they had lived out of state before becoming homeless.In San Francisco, 43% of the homeless said they had lived in the city for more than 10 years.The path to becoming homeless can start with a large medical bill that causes someone to fall behind on their rent payments, which leads to eventual eviction. More than half of the people surveyed in Los Angeles cited economic hardship as the primary reason that they fell into homelessness. In San Francisco, 26% of the homeless surveyed cited the loss of a job as the primary cause.The survey also found that nearly a quarter (23%) of unsheltered adults lost their housing in 2018 and were experiencing homelessness for the first time. In Los Angeles, a renter earning minimum wage ($ 13.25 an hour) would need to work 79 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment.Data about migration to California from other states among the housed population showed that the largest group of transplants to the state were actually college-educated professionals, ranging from 20 to 29, from Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Over the past five years, California has gained 162,000 more college graduates from other states than it has lost."I hear a lot of people complain that the homeless people are all from 'somewhere else,'" wrote Kroger of Stockton, a lifelong Californian. "I think it might raise empathy and compassion if it turns out that the majority of the people who have been displaced are from the very communities in which they are now trying to survive on the streets."This article originally appeared in The New York Times.(C) 2019 The New York Times Company



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NYC ships homeless people across the country, new report claims

NYC ships homeless people across the country, new report claimsMore than 12,000 homeless people in New York City were sent to live across the country in 32 states and Puerto Rico as part of a “special one-time assistance program,” according to a new report.



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More than 1,000 homeless people died in Los Angeles county last year

More than 1,000 homeless people died in Los Angeles county last yearThe county’s public health department has reported 1,047 deaths for last year, a number that has increased steadily since 2013A woman pushes a cart full of her belongings past tents near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. Photograph: Frederic J Brown/AFP/Getty ImagesMore than 1,000 homeless people died in Los Angeles county in 2018, double the number of deaths from six years ago. The increase is a stark illustration of the region’s severe housing crisis, advocates said.The LA county public health department reported this week that 1,047 homeless people died last year, a number that has steadily increased every year since 2013, when 536 people died. The leading causes of death were coronary heart disease, which accounted for 22% of deaths, followed by alcohol and drug overdose at 21%, transportation-related injuries at 9%, homicides at 6% and suicides at 5%.The data sheds light on a worsening public health emergency in the county, where officials estimate there are now 59,000 people homeless, including more than 44,000 people who are living unsheltered – in cars, tents, or makeshift quarters. The report also follows a string of high-profile attacks against homeless people in the area, including the killing of Darrell Fields, a beloved musician who was burned to death in his tent on Skid Row.“We’ve got three people a day dying on the streets,” said Adam Rice, an organizer with Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA Can), a group that had worked closely with Fields. “It is a complete failure of leadership. Darrell didn’t need to die. None of these people needed to die. The reason this is happening is because there’s not proper housing.”Darrell Fields, 62, was a homeless man in Los Angeles known as Mr Guitar. He was killed in August when his tent was set ablaze. Photograph: Los Angeles Community Action NetworkSoaring rents and a major shortage of affordable housing have pushed people out of their homes in the area, with more than half of unsheltered adults in a recent count saying they were experiencing homelessness for the first time. The county estimated that there are now 8,800 homeless families.“It brings an overwhelming sadness when you think about precious human beings dying in our streets when it can be avoided,” said the Rev Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission (URM), which runs a shelter at Skid Row, at the epicenter of the crisis in downtown LA.The county’s analysis also found that the mortality rate among homeless people has also jumped: “Put simply, being homeless in LA county is becoming increasingly deadly,” the agency wrote.The increase in overdoses represented the largest jump in terms of causes of death, the report found. In addition, the mortality rate among white homeless people has decreased while the rate of deaths for black and Latino residents has increased, the county said. Overall, African Americans are four times more likely to experience homelessness in LA county than other groups.Of the transportation-related deaths, which include vehicle and train collisions, 82% of victims were pedestrians and cyclists.The county and local clinics have increasingly sent healthcare workers to encampments to try to serve people on the streets. More than 21,000 homeless people were also placed in housing last year, an increase from 2017, officials reported early this year.The health department report this week recommended more direct outreach to homeless people, the creation of a “death review team” to study the subject and more traffic safety measures near encampments.Bales predicted that medical visits were not enough to reverse the deadly trends: “What we need most is for everyone to be immediately under a roof and protected from the elements. Until that happens, the death rates will continue to grow … and more and more people will be devastated by homelessness.”The crisis demanded a more urgent response, he added: “How much evidence do we need to gather before we decide not to let another human being die on the street?”LA’s homeless crisis has recently received national attention, with the Trump administration suggesting it could pursue some kind of law enforcement crackdown, drawing skepticism from some local organizations. Advocates have criticized efforts to further criminalize people living on the streets and have argued that the government needs to put more funding to housing and shelter.“It’s really a travesty when you think about it. How many deaths could’ve been prevented?” said Kourtney Milligan, a 29-year-old homeless woman, who has lived on Skid Row. “The resources that they say are out there are so hard to find.”



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The Latest: Morning arraignment expected in homeless attack

The Latest: Morning arraignment expected in homeless attackThe suspect in the New York City attacks that killed four sleeping homeless men and left another critically injured has been taken to a hospital for evidence collection. Twenty-four-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos was escorted out of a Manhattan precinct house late Saturday by two uniformed police officers who put him in an unmarked car. Detectives at the scene told journalists Santos was being taken to a hospital to gather DNA evidence.



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NYC Murder Rampage: Homeless Man Kills Four Others With Pipe

NYC Murder Rampage: Homeless Man Kills Four Others With PipeShannon Stapleton/ReutersNew York City police say four apparently homeless men were killed in Manhattan by an assailant wielding a three-foot long metal pipe thought to be from a construction site. The attacks were carried out while the victims were asleep.A fifth person was hospitalized with critical injuries, according to the New York Times, quoting NYPD spokesman Lt. Thomas Antonetti. Speaking at a press conference Saturday morning, Deputy Chief Inspector Michael Baldassano said a 24-year-old male “person of interest,” who is also homeless, is in custody. He said the attacks appeared to be “random” rather than motivated by race or age. The police have not yet released the names of the victims, or the suspect, who the New York Post reports had 14 past arrests, including an assault charge from earlier this year. The attacker, who was wearing black pants and a black jacket, was apprehended with a metal pipe suspected to be the weapon used in the attacks.Baldassano asked the public to call in if they had seen a man fitting this description in the days before the deadly attacks, or if anyone had witnessed similar attacks on homeless people in recent weeks. The first deadly attack took place around 1:40 a.m. in Manhattan's Chinatown after first responders were called to a scene with a victim with “severe trauma to the head.” Police were then called to a scene on the Lower East Side for a victim with a similar head injury, and found two additional victims down the block and a third victim across the street. One of those men survived his assault but is in critical condition at New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital.This story is developing. Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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San Francisco residents use rocks to block homeless camping

San Francisco residents use rocks to block homeless campingA group of San Francisco neighbors said they had to do something to make their street safe. Fed up with what they see as the city’s failure to combat homelessness and rampant drug use, the neighbors had boulders delivered to their sidewalk to block people from pitching tents on their street. Cities are struggling to address the lack of affordable housing and a growing number of homeless encampments that are popping up on city streets, sometimes in neighborhoods.



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