Homeless

Blog post
July 21, 2009, 2pm PDT

The unstoppable force paradox is an exercise in logic that seems to come up in the law all too often. There is a Chinese variant. The Chinese word for “paradox” is literally translated as “spear-shield” coming from a story in a Third Century B.C. philosophy book, Han Fiez, about a man selling a sword he claimed could pierce any shield. He also was trying to sell a shield, which he said could resist any sword. He was asked the obvious question and could give no answer.

The Washington Supreme Court broke the paradox between a 12-month moratorium during which the City of Woodinville considered sustainable development regulations for its R-1 residential area, and the efforts by the Northshore United Church of Christ (Northshore Church) to host a movable encampment for homeless people on its R-1 property. City of Woodinville v. Northshore United Church of Christ (July 16, 2009).

Dwight Merriam
July 20, 2009, 11am PDT
New studies rank cities based on the extent to which they "criminalize homelessness."
NPR
July 15, 2009, 5am PDT
Bicycles are being collected and distributed to Chattanooga's homeless in an attempt to improve their quality of life.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
July 9, 2009, 2pm PDT
Homelessness has jumped in the nation's suburban areas, according to a study from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Of those in U.S. shelters, 32% are in rural or suburban areas.
USA Today
June 26, 2009, 11am PDT
Gary Mason describes how Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's policy of rapid expansion of homeless shelters -- including two in residential areas -- has "completely changed" those neighborhoods.
The Globe and Mail
May 12, 2009, 6am PDT
Families who have income will now be charged a small rent to stay in public housing shelters in New York City, part of a 1997 state law that had up until now gone unenforced.
The New York Times
April 11, 2009, 11am PDT
The city council of Vancouver is supporting the creation of 550 temporary homes, including some prefab, to house the area's homeless.
The Vancouver Sun
March 27, 2009, 9am PDT
More homeless people are squatting in abandoned suburban housing. Eduardo M. Peñalver, co-author of the forthcoming book "Property Outlaws" thinks cities should acquire these properties and allow the former owners to live in them as renters.
Slate.com
March 12, 2009, 8am PDT
A tent city is burgeoning in Sacramento, Calif., prompting local officials to consider whether such an encampment should be made permanent, with plumbing and all.
The New York Times
February 2, 2009, 1pm PST
The city of Dallas is committing to purchase homes for hundreds of homeless residents, rather than building shelters.
Dallas Morning News
February 2, 2009, 5am PST
The recession is leading to a surge in demand for homeless shelters and services -- but also a dramatic drop-off in normal sources of funding.
MSNBC
January 13, 2009, 9am PST
Officials in Baghdad are instituting a new program to sweep beggars off the city's streets -- a number that has risen sharply since the U.S. invasion in 2003.
Agence France Presse
December 26, 2008, 5am PST
Businesses in Fort Worth, Texas, invest in a city-led plan to combat homelessness.
Fort Worth Business Press
October 24, 2008, 11am PDT
A reporter goes undercover as a homeless person to find out what happens when the indigent pay a visit to L.A.'s first corporate-controlled public park.
LA Weekly
October 18, 2008, 7am PDT
A supreme court judge in British Columbia has ruled that homeless people can legally camp on public property such as parks.
The Province
September 8, 2008, 7am PDT
Housing -- or the lack of it -- remains a major issue in post-Katrina New Orleans.
Mother Jones
September 7, 2008, 7am PDT
In an effort to clean up the poverty ridden area set to host the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, officials have announced plans to place homeless people into housing next summer.
The Globe and Mail
August 21, 2008, 8am PDT
In an effort to help clean up the city when the Democratic National Convention comes to town, a local salon in Denver has offered free haircuts to the city's homeless.
CBS4 Denver
May 22, 2008, 5am PDT
<p>An outreach counseling group in Santa Barbara, California, has worked with the city to set up 12 parking lots where people can sleep in their cars at night -- an act that is illegal on city streets.</p>
CNN
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