Tag: Homelessness

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Metro

Homeless man naps in Omni William Penn presidential suite

Mug shot of Jeffery Watson who was arrested in Pittsburgh at the Omni William Penn Hotel for Theft of Services and Criminal Trespass when he was found asleep in the presidential suite. (Photo Credit: Pittsburgh police) by Haimy Assefa and Kristina Sgueglia (CNN) — Jeffery Watson napped in the comfort of a $2,500 presidential suite at Pittsburgh’s stately Omni William Penn Hotel, which has hosted movie stars, leaders of industry, and every U.S. president from Theodore Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

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National

Kennedy’s vision for mental health never realized

In this Oct. 31, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy signs a bill authorizing $329 million for mental health programs at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Bill Allen, File) by Michelle R. SmithAssociated Press Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The last piece of legislation President John F. Kennedy signed turns 50 this month: the Community Mental Health Act, which helped transform the way people with mental illness are treated and cared for in the United States.

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National

Fund set up for honest homeless man raises $91k

Glen James, of Boston, left, smiles in the direction of members of the media as Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis, right, looks on during a news conference at the police headquarters, in Boston on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) BOSTON (AP) — The overwhelming response to a fund set up for a Boston homeless man who turned in a backpack he found filled with more than $40,000 in cash and traveler’s checks is a “statement to everyone in America,” says the Virginia man who started the drive. In just over two days, more than $91,000 has been donated to the fund for Glen James.

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Metro

Pittsburgh, Allegheny County experience critical shortage of public housing

Aki Witherspoon and Chris Winston, both 20, live in transitional housing provided by the nonprofit Familylinks. They submitted their applications for low-income public housing a few days before the list closed. (Photo by Alexandra Kanik / PublicSource) by Halle Stockton PublicSource Nearly 23,000 people live in limbo as they wait for public housing in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.