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Illnesses among Los Angeles homeless blamed on 'spice' drug

Los Angeles - Synthetic marijuana is suspected to be behind an illness that has sent dozens of homeless people from a downtown Los Angeles neighborhood to emergency rooms in recent days, authorities said.

'Groundhog Day' for migrants in Rome cul-de-sac

Rome - Every night the same scene unfolds in Via Cupa near Rome's Tiburtina station: one by one, migrants take a dirty and battered mattress from a pile and place it against the wall, turning the small dark street into a star-lit dormitory.

Cold snap kills homeless in Sao Paulo, Brazil's richest city

S - Even under three blankets, Marcio Carvalho can't stop shaking as he seeks shelter on the streets of Brazil's biggest and richest city, Sao Paulo.

Number of homeless people increases in Los Angeles

Los Angeles - The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by nearly six percent over the past year to 46,874, in part due to a "historic" housing shortage, authorities said on Wednesday.

Hong Kong's working poor choose streets over dismal housing

Hong Kong - A plastic sheet, a blanket, a sleeping bag: a makeshift bed laid out in the shadow of towering apartment blocks by a man who would rather be homeless than cooped up in Hong Kong's cramped and overpriced housing units.

Breadwinners: French beggar gets a life after saving one

Dole - French baker Michel Flamant, who owes his life to the homeless man who begged for handouts outside his bakery, knows more than anyone that man does not live by bread alone.

Op-Ed: Bay Area raises smoking age while ignoring the homeless

San Francisco - As housing prices in the Bay Area skyrocket so high that many can’t afford to live in the community, local governments are failing to properly address the crisis while focusing on trivial issues.

Los Angeles passes $1.87 bn homeless plan

Los Angeles - Los Angeles, sometimes called the homeless capital of America, adopted a $1.87 billion plan Tuesday to help its 44,000 down-and-out people without homes.

McDonald's fires worker who threw water on Detroit homeless man

Detroit - A worker at a Detroit McDonald's who doused a homeless man with water after offering him a hamburger has been fired after the video went viral and stirred outrage.

Conor McGregor donates €50K to help the homeless in Ireland

Conor McGregor, the UFC interim featherweight champion, has donated €50,000 to help battle the homeless crisis in Ireland.

More than 500 dead as deadly heatwave bakes parts of India

Dehli - A blistering and deadly heatwave in India has so far taken the lives of over 500 people, and there are no signs of a let up. Temperatures in some places reached 118 degrees F. this past week. Weather forecasts call for another week of high temperatures.

Pope Francis greets homeless at Sistine Chapel

- Dozens of homeless people were on Thursday treated to a private viewing of the Sistine Chapel, complete with a surprise appearance by Pope Francis himself, in the pontiff's latest gesture towards the most vulnerable in society.

San Francisco church removes sprinklers soaking homeless

San Francisco - Outdoor sprinklers installed outside a San Francisco cathedral to discourage homeless people from sleeping there have been removed, church officials said Wednesday.

Protesters demand justice over LA homeless killing

Los Angeles - Angry protesters have hit the streets of Los Angeles demanding justice, two days after graphic video footage that went viral showed police shooting dead a homeless man.

LA police shooting victim 'tried to grab gun'

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles police chief defended officers who fatally shot a man in the Skid Row homeless district, saying the victim had tried to grab one of their guns.

Video shows Los Angeles police shooting man

Los Angeles - Los Angeles police fatally shot a man on Sunday in an incident that was caught on video and circulated widely online, with the department saying officers resorted to deadly force after the man had reached for one of their guns.

Squatters in vacant homes a growing problem in Detroit

For many of the 16,000 homeless people in Detroit, the vacant houses they find to live in are called "abandonminiums." But across the U.S. squatters are taking over empty homes with For Sale signs, causing a number of legal problems.

Winter Survival Kits to be distributed to Toronto homeless Special

Toronto - Around 100 volunteers will be preparing 3000 winter survival kits at a warehouse in Caledonia Road, Toronto, to distribute to agencies in the GTA this Saturday.

Two Toronto men dead as Arctic Air Mass settles on city

Toronto - As Toronto begins to settle into a week of freezing temperatures two homeless men died in the early morning hours Monday and Tuesday.

Get ready for freezing weather Toronto

Toronto - Sunday's mild temperatures are expected to plummet by the evening leading to a week of freezing temperatures. On Sunday temperatures rose to 3C by early afternoon but with an Arctic air mass on the way that warmth will soon leave the area.

Homeless in Detroit set up tent city in the shadow of downtown

Detroit - With Detroit, Michigan looking to the future after shedding a $7.0 billion bankruptcy debt, city officials are now going to need to address the tent city of homeless people that has been set up in the shadow of the downtown area.

Two Mississippi women plead guilty to hate crimes charges

Jackson - Two Brandon Mississippi women have pleaded guilty to Federal hate crime charges in connection with racially-motivated attacks on African-Americans that started in the spring of 2011, leading to the death of James Craig Anderson in 2011.

Authorities dismantle giant homeless camp in Silicon Valley

San Jose - Santa Clara County authorities began removing Thursday dozens of plywood shelters and ratty tents used by homeless people in Silicon Valley, the heart of the nation's high-tech industry.

Silicon Valley clears out homeless 'Jungle' camp

San Jose - Authorities began dismantling a notorious homeless camp known as "The Jungle" in the heart of California's affluent Silicon Valley, where skyrocketing rents have forced hundreds onto the streets.

In Donetsk, homeless Ukrainians loathe Kiev government

Donetsk - Despite living in a tiny cellar in Donetsk for more than three months, Sergei is not complaining about the frequent shelling or lack of running water. Instead, he saves his fury for his own country -- Ukraine.

'I smell' confession wins homeless right to papal showers

- Pope Francis has ordered the installation of showers for the homeless just next to St Peter's square after a street dweller declared himself too smelly to eat with a bishop.

Video: Police charge 90-yr-old Arnold Abbott for feeding homeless

Fort Lauderdale - Fort Lauderdale Police have charged a charity worker, Arnold Abbott, 90, for feeding the homeless at a park in the city. Abbott was charged under a new ordinance which took effect Friday and effectively criminalizes feeding the homeless in public places.

Internet star Twitter plans tech center for SF homeless

San Francisco - Internet darling Twitter, the unique micro-blogging service that went public a year ago, wants to provide tech training to homeless residents of San Francisco from a center near the company's new headquarters.

Jewel writes and sings about a subject that hits close to home Special

Using her celebrity status to raise awareness about a cause close to her heart, the multiplatinum singer, songwriter and performer — who was at one time homeless — is hoping her latest song will help people rethink their perceptions of public housing.

Neighbours seek to give Jorge Interiano proper burial

Toronto - Jorge Interiano, 40, of Toronto was a friend to all in his West end neighbourhood. He lived in a bike shop after the owners took Jorge in, helping him out by cleaning his clothes and fixing him breakfast.
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Straight to the Streets is a grassroots program that brings warmth to Toronto's homeless once a year.
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Straight to the Streets is a grassroots program that brings warmth to Toronto s homeless once a year...
Straight to the Streets is a grassroots program that brings warmth to Toronto's homeless once a year.
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Nearly everything Brian owns is in this shopping cart.
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The face of homeless and the people who help them at Toronto's Street Health
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Just one individual out of tens of thousands who will call the sidewalks of Buenos Aires home tonight.
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Survival kits were sent out to Toronto's front line agencies today from Project Winter Survival
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Screengrab of YouTube video showing Regina cop kicking homeless man.
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Where Bill Buss's body was found in Toronto. Buss, a homeless man, died during 2012.
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Toronto's Project Water
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Los Angeles is not far behind New York City in its numbers of homeless.
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Marc Angelo provided sausages to the volunteers. This Canadian company is also providing food to those affected by disasters in Calgary and Quebec.
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The ACLU has lodged a complaint about the Detroit Police dumping the homeless outside the city limits.
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Homeless people in the streets of Athens, Greece
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