homelessness

A ‘New York Post’ Story Successfully Got A Homeless Woman’s Stuff Thrown Away

Apparently the official reasoning was that her belongings were blocking the sidewalk, but the coincidence of officials mysteriously noticing her possessions the day of a New York Post cover shaming her is too obvious to ignore. More »


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San Francisco Is Creating Anti-Pee Walls To Combat Public Urination

San Francisco is tackling public urination with a novel approach: They’re painting certain problem walls with a superhydrophobic paint that will make urine splash back at the urinator, rather than soaking into the wall.

Department of Public Works representative Mohammed Nuru points out that this isn’t just a slightliness (odorliness?) issue, it’s an… More »


Couple Set Homeless Man On Fire, Insist “It Was Just A Prank!”

Joshua Benevidez and Irene Enriquez face multiple charges after throwing a firework at a sleeping homeless man. More »


GOP Rep. Suggests Siccing Endangered Wolves On Homeless People

Meet Alaska Congressman Don Young! Young has made a name for himself in Congress through such means as using an 18-inch walrus penis bone as a gavel, fighting to make it easier for elephant poachers to sell their ivory wares, and telling school children they are to blame for their classmate’s suicide.

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Help Homeless Women By Donating Pads & Tampons

A tough part of being homeless and female, besides the more obvious struggles of staying safe and fed, is how to handle your period. Al Jazeera America highlighted just how desperate that time of the month can be for homeless women when Maribel Guillet, who lives in a Bronx shelter, told the publication that her periods are… More »


NM Prosecutor To Bypass Grand Jury, Charge Cops With Murder Of Homeless Man

Last March, Albuquerque police engaged in a five-hour standoff with James Boyd, a schizophrenic homeless man who was camping out in a restricted area in the foothills after city shelters were closed.

Towards the end of the conflict, when Boyd had given up and was about to grab his things and move along,… More »


This Homeless Man’s Beautiful Piano Skills Made Him A Star

Ryan Arcand has been homeless for 30 years. When Roslyn Polard of Edmonton, Canada came upon him playing an outdoor piano in town, she knew she was witnessing something special and pulled out her phone to record the moment. Polard told her that he’d written the piece and that nobody taught him to play music. In… More »


It’s Time To Cry: Homeless Family Gets A Makeover

If you’re having trouble getting in the Thanksgiving spirit, this video will get you there quickly. Kyle Oreffice and Josh Gibson, arbiters of random acts of kindness, took their giving to another echelon when they heard about a down-on-their luck Utah family living in a homeless shelter. Kyle and Josh gave parents Reggie and Don… More »


Homeless Army Veteran Gets A Life-Changing Makeover

Look, this might sound terrible, but I’ve got to say it: this time-lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran’s voluntary aesthetic transformation makes the case for vanity if there ever was one. Jim Wolf has struggled with alcoholism since leaving the service and has found himself, like many others like him, without a home. More »


Boise’s Homeless Population Now Legally Required To Be Nice

Last night, Boise city council passed an ordinance that will force its homeless to be friendlier when asking you for spare change. The new legislation, which goes into effect on January 2, will make it illegal to solicit for money in certain areas of the city. People will still be allowed to panhandle — but… More »


In Sweden, You Can Pay To Pretend To Be Homeless For The Night

You’ve always wanted to know what it would be like to be homeless, right? (No, not at all). Wouldn’t you like to pay for the privilege of pretending to be homeless for the night? (No, not really). Faktum Hotel, in Gothenberg, Sweden, will give you the opportunity. For just $10, you can get to be… More »


The Soapbox: On SXSW’s “Homeless Hotspots” And Trolling For Charity

BBH, the same ad agency behind Axe body spray’s noxiously viral campaigns, have hit the streets of massive internet partyapocalypse South by Southwest this week – well, actually, they haven’t hit any such streets. But they have outfitted 10 homeless men with 4G wireless devices and T-shirts stating “I Am a Homeless Hotspot.” Internerds struggling for web… More »