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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.

Tiger shark weighing more than 800-pounds fed to homeless in TX

Earlier this month an 809-pound tiger shark was caught in the Gulf of Mexico, and then it was cooked and fed to some of the homeless and poor in Texas.

Guardians of the Galaxy hero came from zero

Los Angeles - Years from now, Hollywood actor Chris Pratt may look back on his life and decide the weekend of August 1st, 2014 was the very best 48 hour period of his life.

Eric Elliott's fight against poverty with code goes viral

In his words, Eric Elliott lost everything in 2008 and had to sell his house in 2009, resorting to couch surfing with friends. But by 2010, he had turned all of that around by entering one of the highest-paid industries of all right now: web development.

Berkeley Council requires dispensaries donate cannabis to poor

Berkeley - A new amendment to Berkeley, California's pot laws requires dispensaries to donate 2 percent of their cannabis per year to the disadvantaged.

California cities cannot bar people from living in their cars

San Francisco - California cities accustomed to forcing out homeless people living in their cars will have to find another way to deal with the problem after a federal appeals court ruled the practice unconstitutional.

Homeless memorial honours lives lost in Edmonton Special

Edmonton - An estimated forty men and women died in Edmonton in 2013 as a direct or indirect result of not having adequate shelter.

Report: Swedish beggars homeless on Spanish beaches

The Swedish street newspaper, Faktum, has identified a previously little known fact, and that is the large number of poor and homeless Swedes currently begging for a living in Spanish resort towns.

Homeless people in NYC are living inside the Manhattan Bridge

New York - Even though the homeless rate across the nation has declined, the homeless rate in New York City has increased by more than 13 percent from the prior year. According to some sources, some of the homeless are living inside the Manhattan Bridge,

Calgary Facebook group makes fun of the homeless

Calgary - Calgary police and homeless advocates are concerned about a Facebook page that posts videos of teens approaching people who appear to be homeless and taunting them. The administrator of the page defends what they are doing.

Op-Ed: Why businesses and citizens should avoid Pensacola at all costs

Pensacola - The city has suffered international backlash due to a law aimed at making the homeless in the city uncomfortable, but the thought process behind that rule show bad decision making that will hit businesses on their bottom line.

FBI probes police beating death of California homeless man

Los Angeles - The FBI on Monday announced it would investigate the acquittal of two cops in Fullerton, California who brutally beat a mentally ill homeless man to death in July 2011.

New Michelin guidebook for Rome's homeless

Rome - Guidebooks are usually intended to aid tourists looking for luxury dining and accommodations while on vacation. However, a new guidebook for Rome is intended to help the city's homeless population find food, shelter, and other resources.

Op-Ed: Plight of Abbotsford's homeless reaches a pivotal point Saturday

Abbotsford - For those readers following the story of the illegal campground set up in Jubilee Park in Abbotsford, B.C., it has been one of legal ups-and-downs, with accusations of police using unauthorized force and the campers threatening to sue the city.

St. Louis health dep't orders church to stop feeding the homeless

Saint Louis - Health officials in St. Louis have ordered a street church to stop serving hot meals to the city's homeless residents, stoking widespread public outrage.

Activists live with homeless in DC Special

Washington - Keith “Spektre” Howell, an Anonymous activist, spent three nights living with the homeless in Washington, DC this week in the lead up to an event on Thanksgiving that will be supplying dinner for the homeless outside the Veterans Affairs building.

Philadelphia woman gets 80 years for killing Canadian tourists

Mays Landing - Antoinette Pelzer. 45, was sentenced for the stabbing deaths of two Canadian women on an Atlantic City street last year.
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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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Homeless in Toronto.
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Toronto: The life on the street
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Homelessness in the Fraser Valley, BC
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The face of homeless and the people who help them at Toronto's Street Health
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Edmonton Homeless Memorial 2014
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While Buskers perform across the street a homeless man's sign shows the real need for Raising the Roofs
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Toronto's Project Water
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The face of homeless and the people who help them at Toronto's Street Health
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Brian, a 26 year-old homeless man in Nashville.
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For agencies the day started with checking in at Project Water to get paperwork to claim their water and survival kits
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front line worker clapping for the volunteers who loaded his truck
370 000 bottles of water ready to be handed out
370,000 bottles of water ready to be handed out
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loading vehicles
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CEOs queue up for a hot drink.
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Homeless person, Lyon France
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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Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, President of the Catholic Relief Services based in Washington, prays during a mass inside Transfiguration Cathedral, seen with its ceiling that collapsed during super Typhoon Haiyan, in Palo, south of Tacloban, November 17, 2013. Long-delayed emergency supplies flowed into the typhoon-ravaged central Philippines on Saturday, reaching desperate families who had to fend for themselves for days, as the United Nations more than doubled its estimate of homeless to near
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Survival kits were sent out to Toronto s front line agencies today from Project Winter Survival
Survival kits were sent out to Toronto's front line agencies today from Project Winter Survival
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