Poverty

Thaddeus Bell, 50, who is homeless, sits outside his tent with the street address of his childhood home in Oklahoma hanging on a fence Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. "I might be homeless but I'm human just like everybody else," said Bell. "I deserve a real house like any other person." The U.S. Department on Housing and Urban Development release of the 2017 homeless numbers are expected to show a dramatic increase in the number of people lacking shelter along the West Coast. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
December 06, 2017 - 12:02 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's homeless population increased this year for the first time since 2010, driven by a surge in the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and other West Coast cities. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released a report Wednesday showing...
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December 06, 2017 - 12:01 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Surge in homelessness on West Coast pushes US count to nearly 554,000, marking first increase since 2010, report finds.
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FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2016, file photo, Deitra Schmer, standing, and her grandchildren Adrian Atkinson, left, Andrea Brown, middle, and Jordan Otey, listen as friend Terry Daniel talks about the planned police sweep of the homeless encampment where Schmer lives along the Springwater Corridor in Portland, Ore. Homeless advocates say the tax overhaul currently under debate Washington, D.C. could have a chilling effect on the development of affordable housing nationwide by effectively taking away a type of tax-exempt bond that local governments use to motivate developers to build low-income housing. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, file)
December 05, 2017 - 7:22 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Municipal governments worry the tax overhaul in Washington, D.C. could chill the construction of affordable housing as homelessness reaches a crisis point on the West Coast. Officials with the housing authority in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday the U.S. could lose nearly 1...
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December 05, 2017 - 6:00 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Municipal governments worry the tax overhaul in Washington, D.C. could chill the construction of affordable housing as homelessness reaches a crisis point on the West Coast. Officials with the housing authority in Portland, Oregon, said Tuesday that the U.S. could lose nearly...
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FILE- In this Nov. 17, 2017, photo, Johnny Bobbitt Jr., left, Kate McClure, right, and McClure's boyfriend Mark D'Amico pose at a Citgo station in Philadelphia. When McClure ran out of gas, Bobbitt, who is homeless, gave his last $20 to buy gas for her. McClure started a Gofundme.com campaign for Bobbitt that has raised more than $275,000. (Elizabeth Robertson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
December 05, 2017 - 5:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A homeless man who used his last $20 to fill up the gas tank of a stranded motorist in Philadelphia has bought a home with some of the nearly $400,000 raised for him by the woman he saved. "The feeling is indescribable and (it's) all thanks to the support and generosity that...
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December 03, 2017 - 6:35 am
LONDON (AP) — The board of a commission set up to help improve the chances of Britain's poor has resigned, its chief said Sunday, accusing the government of being too preoccupied by Brexit to work for a fairer society. The news is a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, who has promised to make...
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December 03, 2017 - 5:49 am
LONDON (AP) — A commission set up by to help improve the chances of Britain's poor has resigned, saying the government is too preoccupied with Brexit to build a fairer society. The resignations are a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, who has promised to tackle social injustice. Since May took...
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In this Nov. 21, 2017 photo, former security guard Tim Button poses for a portrait at the bus stop to take a local ride, a recent luxury he at one time could not afford in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Button says he has been unable to work because of a fall from a roof and the financial boost from the province's basic income program has enabled him to make plans to visit distant family for Christmas for the first time in years. (AP Photo/Rob Gillies)
November 29, 2017 - 12:02 am
HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — Former security guard Tim Button considers how a sudden increase in his income from an unusual social experiment has changed his life in this Canadian industrial city along the shore of Lake Ontario. Sipping coffee in a Tim Horton's doughnut shop, Button says he has been...
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In this Nov. 15, 2017 photo, Edgardo de León sits in his living room with a hole in the ceiling caused by the whip of hurricane Maria, in Cataño, Puerto Rico. A newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Bronze Star LLC never delivered those urgently needed supplies, which even months later remain in demand on the island. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
November 28, 2017 - 3:43 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs. Bronze...
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In this Nov. 15, 2017 photo, Edgardo de León sits in his living room with a hole in the ceiling caused by the whip of hurricane Maria, in Cataño, Puerto Rico. A newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs to hurricane victims in Puerto Rico. Bronze Star LLC never delivered those urgently needed supplies, which even months later remain in demand on the island. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
November 28, 2017 - 2:42 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — After Hurricane Maria damaged tens of thousands of homes in Puerto Rico, a newly created Florida company with an unproven record won more than $30 million in contracts from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide emergency tarps and plastic sheeting for repairs. Bronze...
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