Homeless Shelters

Ellis Island is shown across the water of the New York Harbor.

New York Suspends Land Use Reviews for Shelters

The Adams administration in New York City will relax the review process for homeless shelters to create new space for arriving asylum seekers.

May 17, 2023 - Gothamist

Tent City Bay Area

Oakland to Consider 1,000-Room Homeless Shelter

Oakland, California, will consider a former Army base as the location for its largest shelter as its population of people experiencing homelessness grows.

May 9, 2022 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Arizona Canal

Phoenix Takes a New Approach on Homelessness

Phoenix is centering housing—affordable housing, permanent supportive housing, and eviction protections—in a new planning framework designed to reduce the number of homeless people living on the streets of the city.

November 4, 2020 - Arizona Republic

Subway Homeless

Proposed Law Would End Development Review Exemption for Homeless Shelters

If passed, a new law would require homeless shelter developments in New York City to undergo the full Uniform Land Use Review Procedure.

January 29, 2020 - Staten Island Advance

Cruise Ship

California Proposal to Shelter Homeless on Cruise Ship

Oakland is looking at the possibility of housing homeless people in unconventional quarters.

December 19, 2019 - East Bay Times

Empty Mall

New Lives for Dead Malls

Suburban malls around the country are shutting down, and the huge spaces offer a variety of opportunities for creative reuse.

November 30, 2019 - The Washington Post


Homeless Shelters and Property Values

In Manhattan, homeless shelters are shown to have a negative effect on property values.

September 26, 2019 - The New York Times

Lost Our Home

The Four Kinds of Housing that Help the Homeless

Projects to add housing resources to help give homeless people a roof over the head have run into all sorts of public opposition—often times fueled by ignorance of how different kinds of homeless housing options work.

July 11, 2019 - Voice of San Diego


S.F. Residents Sue to Block Homeless 'Navigation Center' on Environmental Grounds

A group called Safe Embarcadero for All is suing to block the construction of a homeless shelter on city-leased land across from piers 30-32 on the San Francisco waterfront.

July 11, 2019 - San Francisco Chronicle


The 'Latino Homeless Paradox'

The city of Philadelphia provides a case study of the so-called "Latino Homeless Paradox." There are many more low-income and homeless Latinos than reflected in the numbers of those using supportive services in the city.

January 20, 2019 - The Philadelphia Inquirer

Homeless Community

An Illustrated Exploration of Portland's Homeless Community

An illustrated comic strip introduces the community of support found at Right 2 Dream Too, a homeless community of tents and tiny homes built by and for homeless people.

January 18, 2019 - The Nib

Homeless Tents Missing the Permanent Housing Mark in San Diego

The occupants of homeless tents in San Diego haven't been moving to permanent housing in the numbers city officials had hoped.

September 21, 2018 - Voice of San Diego

Homeless Shelter

Modular Housing for the Homeless

The Seattle region will try to save costs and speed construction on three new pilot projects by using modular construction to house homeless.

August 23, 2018 - KUOW


Billionaires Row Residents Sue to Block Homeless Shelter

The denizens of the luxury apartments near Central Park oppose the "expense" of a new homeless shelter.

July 16, 2018 - New York Daily News

San Diego, California

San Diego Not Even Close to Meeting Permanent Housing Goals for Homeless

The city’s new $6.5 million "bridge shelters" are providing a place to stay, but not accomplishing what they set out to do.

June 28, 2018 - San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego, California

Public Options Needed for San Diego's Worst-in-Nation Homeless Shelter Shortage

San Diego has the fewest number of beds for homeless per capita in the nation and must directly intervene to increase the stock of both temporary and permanent beds, according to planning activist Murtaza Baxamusa.

May 31, 2018 - UrbDeZine

Not in my back yard

Friday Funny: I'll Do Anything to Solve Homelessness, But I Won't Do That

A satirical post for McSweeney's about the typical approach to the country's growing number of homeless brought to mind a famous song by Meat Loaf.

May 11, 2018 - McSweeney's

Los Angeles Homeless

Homeless Shelters a Tough Sell With Neighborhood Activists

A plan to streamline approval of a wave of homeless facilities in the city of Los Angeles is running into an early snag with an emergency shelter proposed for a parking lot in the Koreatown neighborhood.

May 10, 2018 - Curbed LA

Orange County to Remove 1,000 Homeless People From the Santa Ana River

Responding to local homeowners and politicians, Orange County will clear homeless encampments from a riverbed and stormwater channel under its control.

January 20, 2018 - KPCC

Bronx Apartments

New York's Homeless 'Cluster Sites' to Become Affordable Housing

Conceived as a stop-gap measure, New York City's cluster site program essentially pays landlords to house homeless people. Now, Mayor de Blasio wants to convert some of those sites directly into affordable units.

January 4, 2018 - The New York Times

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