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User: flenvcenter Topic: Shelter and Housing-National
Category: Homelessness
Last updated: Dec 02 2020 19:54 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Editorial: Getting homeless people off the street doesn't mean forcing them into shelter they don't want 2.12.2020 LA Times: Opinion

Sheltering homeless people is challenging. Forcing people to take a shelter bed they don't want isn't the way to go.

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Op-Ed: L.A. County's legal self-help services are used by 150,000 a year. Yet the program may be cut 2.12.2020 LA Times: Commentary

Self-Help Legal Access Centers have helped more than 1.5 million people navigate civil court in L.A. County. But revenue is declining due to COVID-19.

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Editorial: It shouldn't take squatters to compel California to act on homelessness 1.12.2020 LA Times: Opinion

By taking over houses owned by Caltrans, activists have shined a spotlight on the housing crisis.

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PHOTOS: Homeless camp along Platte River in RiNo cleared 1.12.2020 Headlines: All Headlines
In a pre-dawn operation along the Platte River on Monday, Denver officials began uprooting a street camp where people live in tents, in parked cars and under tarps, telling them to move to another location.
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Pandemic could mean vicious winter for those without homes in Denver’s suburbs 29.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
Denver's suburbs are no stranger to homelessness, even if the phenomenon looks different than what is seen in the city. Communities step up their efforts to help as the financial devastation wrought by COVID-19 threatens to make the problem worse.
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The Case for Climate Reparations 28.11.2020 Mother Jones
This piece was originally published in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. When it comes to dealing with floods, droughts, heat waves, or other adversities that our lively planet throws at us, one classic solution for humanity has always been to simply pick up and leave. Mobility […]
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Homeless families sought shelter from COVID-19 in vacant homes. CHP evicted them before Thanksgiving 27.11.2020 LA Times: Health

The Thanksgiving eve evictions came as activists argued that government officials had failed to provide shelter to keep people safe during the pandemic.

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COVID-19 outbreak at Chicago homeless shelter points to coronavirus surge dangers, advocates say 26.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A Chicago homeless shelter is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, prompting concerns from advocates and organizations as the coronavirus surges nationwide.
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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening on Thanksgiving with COVID-19 in the Chicago area 26.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
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Thanksgiving looks different on L.A.'s skid row this year 26.11.2020 LA Times: Health

There will still be turkey dinners, but Thanksgiving will be far less festive than usual on L.A.'s skid row this year.

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Ousted Clippers coach Doc Rivers sells Malibu beach house for $12.25 million 24.11.2020 LA Times: Business

Doc Rivers, who recently joined the 76ers after being fired as head coach of the Clippers, just sold his Malibu beach house for $12.25 million.

Cook County launches legal aid program for those facing eviction, foreclosure or massive debt tied to COVID-19 24.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
A new legal aid fund has been launched in Cook County aimed at helping those at risk of eviction or foreclosure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis keep a roof over their heads.
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Man killed in West Englewood fire identified, 7 others displaced 23.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
One man died and a woman suffered serious burns and smoke inhalation from a South Side fire early Sunday, investigators said.
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13 places you can still volunteer in L.A. for Thanksgiving and Christmas 20.11.2020 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Here are places that need volunteers specifically on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but get your reservations in quick, and remember, these places need help the other 363 days of the year as well.

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Fatal Aurora apartment fire that displaced dozens of residents is ruled arson 19.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
An apartment fire in Aurora that killed one person, injured several people and displaced dozens, has been ruled a case of arson.
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Coronavirus in Illinois updates: 12,601 new confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases and 97 additional deaths reported 18.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus in the Chicago area and the rest of Illinois.
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Homeless man found in Durango died from hypothermia, coroner says 17.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
A homeless man whose body was found at a campsite behind a Walmart in Durango died from hypothermia.
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Sweeping plans for Denver’s east side would allow taller buildings, more density 16.11.2020 Denver Post: Local
The Denver City Council is considering a sweeping plan which would allow taller buildings and greater density along East Colfax Avenue as well as more accessory dwelling units in the South Park Hill, Montclair, Hale and East Colfax neighborhoods.
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Urban Peak provides much-needed respite for youth struggling with homelessness 15.11.2020 Denver Post: News: Local
"It changed me 360." Kadejah Venable's experience with Urban Peak, a Denver nonprofit that helps young people experiencing or facing imminent homelessness, was life-altering for the 24-year-old mom.
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker extends moratorium on housing evictions 14.11.2020 Chicago Tribune: Popular
Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced Friday he was extending a host of coronavirus-related executive orders for another 30 days, including an extension of a moratorium on evictions.
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