A Report on 'Killer Heat' Reiterates How Climate Change Puts Vulnerable Populations at the Greatest Risk
The Union of Concerned Scientists warns that extreme heat days will become more frequent and severe if carbon emissions continue at current levels.
Is Medical Marijuana the Solution to the Veteran Opioid Crisis?
Studies suggest that medical cannabis might be an effective PTSD treatment. The VA has come out against bills that would allow for further research.
San Diego's Effort to Reduce Prison Overcrowding Is Hitting Some Snags
Proposition 47 was meant to prevent minor drug offenders from being incarcerated and instead funneled into treatment. Thus far the plan has seen mixed results.
Smartphones Are Changing How Homeless People Survive
Middle-class pedestrians sometimes think an iPhone is a luxury for a poor person. In fact, that device can help them find resources, health care, and community.
Colleges Are Looking for Ways to House and Feed Homeless Students
Thirty-six percent of university and 46 percent of community-college students have insecure housing.
Why Can't We Get an Accurate Count of the Homeless Population?
HUD requires communities to send out volunteers to tally homeless individuals one by one, often undercounting the number of people experiencing homelessness.
What Happens to Homeless Patients When They Are Discharged From the Hospital?
There are growing calls in San Diego to provide housing or resources for housing after patients are done receiving urgent medical care.
More Homeless People Are Dying of Hypothermia in Los Angeles Than in New York. Is Climate Change a Factor?
In Los Angeles, a city known for its sunshine and mild temperatures, more homeless people died of hypothermia last year than in New York City and San Francisco combined.
An Increasing Number of Unsheltered People Must Weather the Polar Vortex
Due to an ongoing housing crisis, more and more people have nowhere to hide from this week's extreme cold.
How Houston Has Virtually Ended Homelessness Among Veterans
Can the city's model work for chronic homelessness, in Houston and beyond?
California Governor Gavin Newsom's Core Issues: An Essential Reading List
In his inaugural address, Governor Gavin Newsom vowed to tackle homelessness, criminal justice reform, and inequality.
Here Are All the Measures Addressing California's Housing Crisis
Though these ballot initiatives address the state's homelessness problem, many homeless people won't be able to vote on them.
Tech Titans Battle Over San Francisco's Proposed Tax to Benefit the Homeless
Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce, has pitted himself against Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter and Square, by spending millions of dollars to fund campaigns promoting the passage of a homelessness benefits initiative in the city.
Virtual Reality Can Increase Empathy for the Homeless
New research finds it's an effective way to step into the shoes of someone less fortunate.
Dispatches: Five Essential Reads From the Past Week
A collection of some of our most important and timely stories, from a feature on California's troubling oil industry to a look at how Hurricane Florence could have destroyed important historical records.
'What Was Originally a Temporary Plan Got Kind of Comfortable': One Man's Experience Being Homeless in California
Pacific Standard writer Jack Denton speaks with a childhood friend about the daily realities of living without a home.
The Lede, Issue #35: A Historic Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing, Blood Orange, Homelessness in L.A., and More
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For Los Angeles' Homeless, Fears Persist of a 'Cruel and Pistol-Happy' Police Force
Despite a federal court ruling that reinforces the rights of the homeless, Skid Row residents live in fear of losing what little they have.
The LAPD May Dismiss Old Bench Warrants for the City's Homeless Population
A plan under consideration by the Los Angeles Police Department would toss out warrants for homeless people who don't show up in court for minor offenses.