Monica Almeida/The New York Times/Redux

Homeless on the streets of LA

Feature | A growing throng of addicts and impoverished people living on the streets of Los Angeles illustrates the nation’s massive, unsolved homelessness problem, but some ministries and caring individuals are endeavoring to be part of the solution
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/14/17, 06:09 pm

LOS ANGELES—For the first time in years, Los Angeles skies wept hard. After a long drought, the tears came in a steady rain that mounted from a drizzle to a shower to a deluge. Rivers of rainwater gushed down the streets, and pools of grimy water splashed in parking lots. Ever unprepared for weather that falls below a balmy 70 degrees, Angelenos got angry and disoriented. Traffic clogged, cars honked, and middle fingers waved as commuters hastened home for warm food and dry socks.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Ted S. Warren

New study: Faith motivates best homeless care

Poverty | Religious groups shoulder most of the care for those without a stable home
by Evan Wilt
Posted 2/01/17, 04:45 pm

WASHINGTON—New research from Baylor University finds faith-based organizations shoulder the bulk of critical care and services for persons experiencing homelessness.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Carolyn Thompson

Schools put new emphasis on helping homeless students

Homelessness | Under recent education law overhaul, public schools must do a better job tracking and assisting vulnerable children
by Jae Wasson
Posted 9/01/16, 02:29 pm

Tyren Jones’s grandmother kicked him out of the house before he finished high school. His father sat in prison and his mother had left the state, so he slept where he could: a crack house, his godmother’s, a friend’s couch.

Jones had no records, no parents, no home. He couldn’t land a job, and after a suspension, he couldn’t finish school. Jones is one of a growing population of homeless youth struggling to break out of the cycle of poverty. A recent U.S. education law, called the Every Student Succeeds Act, aims to help people like Jones get an education and eventually, a job.

Read more