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A Disability Program Promised to Lift People From Poverty. Instead, It Left Many Homeless.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — After two months of sleeping in the Salvation Army Center of Hope homeless shelter, Margaret Davis has had no luck finding an apartment she can afford. The 55-year-old grandmother receives about $750 a month from the federal government. She’s trying to live on just $50 cash and $150 in food stamps each […]

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Journalists Reexamine Mental Health Barriers, Gun Control Laws, and Homelessness

KHN correspondent Aneri Pattani discussed insurance coverage and behavior health carve-outs on Newsy’s “The Why” on July 20. She discussed her experiences as a reporter covering mental health and the online course she created about covering suicide for RedCircle’s “The Journalism Salute” on July 19. KHN reporter Victoria Knight discussed how a new gun control […]

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LA’s First Heat Officer Says Helping Vulnerable Communities Is Key to Achieving Climate Goals

As a child growing up in San Jose, California, Marta Segura heard horrific stories from her parents about women fainting on the factory lines and men overheating in the farm fields. They didn’t know those jobs exposed them to life-threatening conditions. Then, it hit home. “My dad, himself, got really sick one time and almost […]

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LA Mayoral Hopefuls Agree Addressing Homelessness Is Crucial but Disagree on How

LOS ANGELES — As encampments multiply from Echo Park to Venice, homelessness has been the top issue in the L.A. mayoral race. And although Angelenos express broad support for building more housing for the homeless, the contenders say that can be only part of the solution. Several top candidates say the city must also expand […]

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‘I Just Want to Stay in One Spot’: From Homeless to Housed in Rugged Del Norte

CRESCENT CITY, Calif. — On a rainy winter morning, Jamie Hayden stopped in to visit with Diane Timothio. A case manager in Del Norte County on California’s remote northern coast, Hayden comes by often, sometimes staying for hours, to work with Timothio. Work can mean different things: going to doctor’s appointments, building her comfort level […]

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Casas pequeñas ofrecen más que un techo para las personas sin hogar

MADISON, Wisconsin.- Escondidas dentro de un vecindario residencial y rodeadas por una cerca de madera y plantas, hay nueve casitas. Con revestimientos y techos multicolores, parecen casas para pájaros del tamaño de una persona. Y encajan perfectamente. Así como Gene Cox, de 48 años. Ya hace más de siete que dejó de vivir en la […]

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Voters in Tight Recall Race Sound Off on California Gov. Newsom’s Covid Leadership

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first term in office has been defined by his response to the covid-19 pandemic, which has claimed the lives of more than 65,400 Californians. The Democratic governor issued the first statewide stay-at-home order in the nation, and his policies kept most public school students at home last year. But his own children […]

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Blue Shield Spent Years Cultivating a Relationship with Newsom. It Got the State Vaccine Contract.

SACRAMENTO — Gavin Newsom was just making a name for himself as mayor of San Francisco in 2005 when Blue Shield of California wrote him its first major check. The young, business-friendly Democrat had exploded onto the national scene the year before by issuing same-sex marriage licenses in San Francisco, and he was pushing his […]