Category Archives: homeless

Did Rats Infest A Homeless Encampment In San Clemente? Or Did Someone Plant Them There? : LAist

When we called again on Friday, the nice woman who picked up said yes, the rats would make good pets. Not only were the rats — 10 of them to be exact — domesticated animals. They’re up for adoption, said the woman. In the meantime, several TV news stations ran stories about the rat infestation at the homeless encampment, further fueling an increasingly high-tension debate over the city’s response to homelessness. As for who released the rats into the encampment…we don’t have an answer. Is it possible that the rats made the journey themselves, after escaping from the nearest pet store, or 4th grade classroom? Or did someone plant them there? Clearly more detective work is needed to solve this mystery. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a new pet, you know where to go.

Source: Did Rats Infest A Homeless Encampment In San Clemente? Or Did Someone Plant Them There? : LAist

Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security : Immigration Impact

In years past, most arrivals were Mexican migrants who came into the United States for seasonal work. However, as Mexico’s economy improved, migration patterns began to change and fewer Mexicans  chose to come to the United States. This change from economic migrants to refugees and asylum-seekers requires a new response. Many arriving today are children and families fleeing extreme levels of violence and political corruption in their native countries and risk persecution and death if they are forced to return. Our laws make clear that anyone arriving at the border has the right to apply for asylum. Yet, asylum seekers are being turned away as if they were not fleeing for their lives. Worse, many are met with tear gas and are illegally refused access to the asylum process. We owe it to ourselves to have a discussion around what these changes mean for border security, how we should respond to instability in Central America, and how we keep America safe and prosperous. The discussion on the border wall relies on an over-simplistic and expensive solution to economic migration and a cruel response to asylum-seeking migration. Instead of focusing on erecting a largely symbolic struct

Source: Time for a Real Conversation Around Border Security : Immigration Impact

Hungary′s homeless ban: When poverty becomes a crime | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 15.10.2018 Governing from fear and ignorance.

An estimated 30,000 homeless people live in Hungary, most of them in Budapest. According to the government, shelters have room for 19,000 people, while civil society groups that look after the homeless say there is only room for around 11,000 people. Space is tight in many shelters, the homeless sleep in large dormitories and the social work is inadequate, they say. As a result, many homeless people often prefer to live on the streets. Critics say the Orban government’s handling of the homeless situation is unprofessional and amateurish. According to Gabor Ivanyi, a well-known Methodist priest who has been running a homeless association and a shelter in Budapest for many years, the new law is akin to the health care system banning people from falling ill.

Source: Hungary′s homeless ban: When poverty becomes a crime | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 15.10.2018

Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever – The New York Times

Population levels at federally contracted shelters for migrant children have quietly shot up more than fivefold since last summer, according to data obtained by The New York Times, reaching a total of 12,800 this month. There were 2,400 such children in custody in May 2017.

Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses – “Black, brown, poor, homeless – tactics at turning people into roaches the same – shameful harassment! 

Many arrests are for unpaid tickets, a Times analysis finds. Police say arrests are a necessary tool, while homeless advocates see a revolving door of debt and jail stays.

Source: Huge increase in arrests of homeless in L.A. — but mostly for minor offenses

San Diego is struggling with a huge hepatitis A outbreak. Is it coming to L.A.? – LA Times

San Diego County is experiencing the third worst hepatitis A outbreak in the nation since a vaccine was introduced. L.A. officials fear the outbreak is headed north.

Source: San Diego is struggling with a huge hepatitis A outbreak. Is it coming to L.A.? – LA Times

 officials in San Diego have scrambled for months to contain an outbreak of hepatitis A — vaccinating more than 19,000 people, putting up posters at bus stations and distributing hand sanitizer and cleansing wipes.

Despite those efforts, 16 people have died of the highly contagious virus in San Diego County and hundreds have become ill in what officials say is the nation’s second-largest outbreak of hepatitis A in decades.

Earlier this month, San Diego officials declared a public health emergency.

Though Los Angeles has so far escaped an outbreak, public health officials are hoping to head off a similar emergency. They say the virus could easily spread to Los Angeles because of its proximity to San Diego and the region’s large homeless population.

“We know it’s getting worse in San Diego so we’re really ramping up,” said Cristin Mondy, the county’s area health officer for a region that includes downtown Los Angeles.

In their efforts to get their outbreak under control, San Diego health officials have adopted a technique from L.A. that they hope will stop cases from spreading locally: washing the streets with water containing bleach.

“They didn’t have any outbreaks. We did. So we were like, ‘What’s going on there?’ ” said San Diego County public health officer Dr. Wilma Wooten. “That’s what we wanted to replicate here.”

IRIN | Hurricane Irma Live Blog Antigua-Barbuda 185mph!

Back in Antigua after surveying the damage in cut-off Barbuda, Prime Minister Gaston Browne has confirmed one infant fatality from Hurricane Irma and said that a “search and rescue operation” is underway in case of more casualties. Fleshing out an earlier statement that 90 percent of buildings had been “decimated”, Browne told local ABS Television/Radio that an estimated 60 percent of the 1,600-strong Barbudan populaton could now be regarded as “homeless”.“What I saw was heart-wrenching, I mean absolutely devastating,” Browne said. The prime minister also acknowledged a league of difference between the 185mph winds that demolished much of Barbuda and the 135mph battering Antigua endured, even though the islands aren’t that far apart. “What is instructive is that a diference of 30-50 miles involving a hurricane can make a major difference,” he said, putting the cost of reconstruction on Barbuda alone at $150 million.

Source: IRIN | Hurricane Irma Live Blog