homelessness

Salt Lake City to Build Village of Tiny Homes for the Homeless

The Salt Lake City Council voted Tuesday night to approve a land lease that will pave the way for the construction of a village of affordable tiny homes. The village will provide a cost-effective means of proving housing to the homeless population of the city. The project is modeled after an already successful program in Austin, Texas.

An artist's rendering of The Other Side Village to be built for the chronically homeless in Salt Lake City. (Artist Rendering: The Other Side Village)

L.A. Homeless Population Grew During Pandemic, but at Slower Pace

The homeless population in Los Angeles County grew 4.1% over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, reaching 69,144 people, according to statistics released Thursday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). The City of Los Angeles also saw an increase, albeit a smaller one of 1.7%, bringing the total to 41,980 homeless people.

A homeless man pushes his belongings at a homeless encampment at Echo Park Lake where social activists, including a coalition of homeless-serving organizations, homeless residents and supporters rally at the start of a 24-hour vigil to block a planned shutdown of a homeless encampment at Echo Lake Park in Los …

Maher: View That ‘Everything Is Positive’ Fuels Terrible Policy on Homelessness, Drugs in Major Cities, We’re ‘Losing Civilization’

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that part of the problem with drugs and homelessness in various major cities is a policy approach that “Nothing is better than anything else” and that “everything is positive. Everything is not positive. You should be ashamed that you’re using, that might get you to stop.”

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