California homeless issues

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Prosecutors have dropped felony charges against the Joshua Tree couple accused of abusing their three children.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

The decision is a reversal from last week, when friends of the family told reporters that no deal to lift charges had been made.

Leaders of a Redlands mosque are installing a surveillance system after the building was repeatedly vandalized. KVCR's Ben Purper has more.

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Now to the case of the Joshua Tree couple arrested for child abuse after the family was found living in a makeshift shelter in the high desert.  The public defender assigned to the case believes local law enforcement was reacting to the Turpin child captivity and torture case in Perris a few months ago when they made the arrest.  KVCR's Benajmin Purper has more.

Elizabeth Crabtree is the public defender assigned to Mona Kirk, the mother of the family. Crabtree has been living and practicing in Joshua Tree for four years – and she says she’s never seen a case like this before.

California Dream Stories - Homeless

Apr 10, 2018

An estimated 134,000 Californians were homeless last year. That's a 14 percent jump from 2016. The state does not keep track of how many of those people have jobs. However, we know there are many Californians that work, but cannot afford a stable living situation. Some piece together housing as they go. From KPBS, Amita Sharma has this profile.

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This morning (Tuesday), officials from a number of Orange County cities gather for yet another federal court hearing on what to do with about 400 people who had been living in makeshift encampments along the Santa Ana riverbed.  The judge overseeing the case ordered that they be housed in motels for 30 days after the county forcibly evicted them from the site.  The clock is running out on those motel vouchers, though.  And a proposal to create temporary shelters in three Orange County cities was angrily rejected by dozens of residents.  Here's more from KCRW's Saul Gonzalez.

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A Superior Court judge yesterday (Tuesday) granted a couple charged with child abuse permission to see their three children.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

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A couple in Joshua Tree has been charged with three counts of felony child abuse after their three teenage children were found living in a makeshift shelter in the desert.  KVCR's Benjamin Purper has more.

This year's count of homeless people in the two Inland Empire counties finds that the number of homeless in San Bernardino County dropped slightly, while Riverside County's homeless population has increased.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Counties around California are preparing for an influx of state funding to add new housing for homeless people with mental illness.  But as Capital Public Radio's Daniel Potter reports, it will likely be at least two years before they're ready to hand out new house keys.

San Bernardino County officials and volunteers yesterday hit the streets for the county's annual count of homeless people.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent

A new state law aims to help homeless students in California graduate from community college by giving them access to showers.  Capital Public Radio's Steve Milne reports.

Riverside County has become the first big county in the nation to achieve what the federal government defines as "functional zero" homelessness among veterans, meaning that the county now has the ability to ensure that any homeless veteran in the county can get into permanent housing.  KVCR's Ken Vincent has more.

Inspired by one of the latest trends in home design, a coalition led by a Murrieta woman is taking a new look at solving homelessness.  The group's proposal:  tiny houses - homes between 100 and 400 square feet.  KVCR's Matt Guilhem has more.

The first priority that California state Senators are pushing this year could face a legal hurdle.  As Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports, the plan to fund new housing for the homeless isn't new, and it may require voter approval.

A new report from the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development says California is the worst in the nation when it comes to caring for the homeless.  As KVCR's Matt Guilhem reports, the study finds nearly a fifth of the country's homeless are in California.

On any given night in downtown L.A's Skid Row a few thousand people are sleeping on the streets or in shelters. But a lot of those people have no ties to Los Angeles. They come from communities across region -- including in the Inland Empire -- that often lack the resources and the will to aid their own homeless. Some communities in the IE and elsewhere in Southern California are trying to help their local homeless population.  The California Report's Steven Cuevas has more.

California would like to try a new approach to providing health care to the homeless.  But first it needs approval from the federal government.  Capital Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.

The California Legislature is on hiatus until January, but a few lawmakers will be busy today (Thursday) at the Capitol.  Capital Public Radio's Ben Bradford reports they're examining the problem of homeless veterans.

Advocates for the homeless in California say laws limiting the activity of people living on the street are discriminatory.  They held a rally at the state Capitol yesterday (Thursday) to promote the civil rights of the homeless.  Capitol Public Radio's Katie Orr reports.