Poverty

A sign outside the Cline Cellars winery urges motorists on Highway 121 to be safe and buy online Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Sonoma, Calif. The winery is closed because of the coronavirus threat. As worries about the spread of the coronavirus confine millions of Californians to their homes, concern is growing about those who have no homes in which to shelter.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
March 19, 2020 - 11:26 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's 40 million residents should stay home indefinitely and venture outside only for essential jobs, errands and some exercise, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Thursday, warning that the coronavirus threatens to overwhelm the state's medical system. The move, the most...
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People are seen in a homeless encampment on Thursday, March 19, 2020, in Oakland, Calif. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has authorized $150 million in emergency funding to protect homeless people in California from the spread of COVID-19. $100 million will go to local governments for shelter support and emergency housing, while the remaining $50 million will be for purchasing travel trailers and lease rooms in hotels, motels and other facilities to provide places for the homeless to self-isolate. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
March 19, 2020 - 7:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Home to the largest homeless population in the country, California officials are rushing to get tens of thousands of people off the streets and into shelters and tents to slow the spread of the coronavirus among one of the most vulnerable and difficult-to-reach groups...
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Grammy award-winning hip hop recording artist Lecrae assembles a portable wash station on Thursday, March 19, 2020 in College Park, Georgia. The wash stations were distributed by Lecrae and volunteers with Love Beyond Walls, a non-profit, throughout Atlanta in areas with a high density of homeless persons. (AP Photo/ Ron Harris)
March 19, 2020 - 5:51 pm
Atlanta (AP) — Grammy-winning hip hop recording artist Lecrae joined forces with non-profit organization Thursday to assemble and distribute portable hand-washing stations throughout Atlanta in areas with a high density of homeless people. Lecrae Moore and volunteers with Love Beyond Walls...
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Reporters and photographers work Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at the site in South Seattle where King County will be placing several temporary housing units like the one shown here to house patients undergoing treatment and isolation in response to the COVID-19 coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
March 07, 2020 - 6:05 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — They often don't have places to wash their hands, struggle with health problems and crowd together in grimy camps. That's what makes homeless people particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus. Almost 200,000 people live in those conditions in the United States, according to a...
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Women take part in the Million Women Rise march, to demand an end to male violence against women and girls in all its forms, a day ahead of International Women's Day, in central London, Saturday March 7, 2020. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
March 07, 2020 - 3:30 pm
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Calling himself “a proud feminist,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres lashed out at men who abuse power and declared before Sunday's observances of International Women’s Day that the fight for gender equality is “the biggest human rights challenge we face.” Twenty-five...
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In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, photo, Richard Butler poses for a portrait in an apartment that a friend is letting him and his fiance live in on Chicago's Southside. From Hawaii to Pennsylvania, states are scrambling to curb the impact of a new Trump administration rule that could cause nearly 700,000 people including Butler to lose food stamp benefits unless they meet certain work, training or school requirements. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
March 04, 2020 - 11:31 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Having food stamps offers Richard Butler a stability he’s rarely known in his 25 years. He was in state custody at age 2, spent his teen years at a Chicago boys’ home and jail for burglary, and has since struggled to find a permanent home. The $194 deposited monthly on his benefits...
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FILE - This July 28, 2014 file photo shows Joe Germanotta, left, and Cynthia Germanotta at a Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga concert taping in New York. Joe Germanotta, father of singer-actress Lady Gaga, is refusing to pay $260,000 in rent and fees for his restaurant at New York City's Grand Central Terminal, saying the homeless population is hurting his business. Owner of Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, Germanotta said he wants the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which oversees the busy commuter train station, to renegotiate his rent or release him from his lease, which expires in 2028. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
February 28, 2020 - 1:55 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Lady Gaga's father is refusing to pay $260,000 in rent and fees for his restaurant at New York City's Grand Central Terminal, saying the homeless population is hurting his business. Joe Germanotta, owner of Art Bird & Whiskey Bar, said he wants the Metropolitan Transit Authority...
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In this Jan. 22, 2020 photo, Dolly Rabinowitz, center, exercises with other Holocaust survivors at Nachas Health and Family Network in the Brooklyn borough New York. The community center provides survivors with meals, legal assistance, exercise classes and social events. (AP Photo/Emily Leshner)
February 24, 2020 - 9:32 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Frumie Cisner remembers the first time she witnessed a Holocaust survivor picking through trash — how the woman scavenged a box of baked goods from a dumpster in front of a Brooklyn synagogue. “It was heartbreaking,” Cisner said. “You’re not talking about luxuries. It’s food. You...
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FILE - In this May 9, 2019, file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom gestures towards a chart with proposed funding to deal with the state's homelessness as he discusses his revised state budget during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. The governor is calling for better mental health care to help treat the state's large homeless population as he addresses one of the state's most pressing problems in his second State of the State speech to be given Wednesday, Feb. 19. 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
February 19, 2020 - 1:08 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should lower the legal bar for providing forced treatment to the mentally ill and building more homeless shelters, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday in his second State of the State address. He took the unusual step of devoting most of the annual speech to just...
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In this photo taken Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, residents stand by the side of the road after fetching water, between Melut and Paloch town, in South Sudan. The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits with the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals, and accounts of "alarming" birth defects, miscarriages and other health problems, according to four environmental reports obtained by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)
February 14, 2020 - 2:09 am
PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals including mercury, manganese, and arsenic, according to four environmental reports obtained by The...
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