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Children not spared by California's homelessness crisis

Mar 16, 2019 - 7:06 PM

The numbers are sobering in a state that is home to the world's fifth-largest economy but has the highest poverty rate in the US when cost-of-living is factored in

Telfair Elementary School Principal Jose Razo hands out "Thank You" notes for his students to write after a morning at Operation School Bell on February 8, 2019 in Pacoima, California, some thirty minutes drive north of downtown Los Angeles, where the children received new items such as backpacks, shoes and clothing. For Jose Razo, principal at Telfair Elementary School in Los Angeles county, his students should spend their time worrying about homework, their grades or playdates. But the harsh reality for more than a quarter of the 720 children at the school is otherwise."Food, somewhere to sleep, something to put on their back: those are the challenges our students are facing," says Razo. "Someone seven or eight years old should not have to worry about that."  Frederic J. BROWN / AFP

[OPINION] Why the hate on the homeless?

Jun 18, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Kadamay’s continued actions, have forced us to take a look at the homeless and re-evaluate our own situation

For tens of thousands in Sao Paulo, squatting is only way out

May 20, 2018 - 7:35 PM

Squatters occupy some 200 buildings in Sao Paulo, a metropolis that is also home to Brazil's billionaires

A resident is seen at the Prestes Maia building which is occupied by squatters in downtown Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 14, 2018. Occupied since 2010, the abandoned building with 21 floors houses the largest occupation in Latin America, where 478 families now live. / AFP PHOTO / NELSON ALMEIDA

44 reported missing in Sao Paulo blaze building collapse

May 02, 2018 - 10:38 PM

There was no indication whether the large number of missing were considered likely to have been killed and buried under the rubble, or whether they simply were not there at the time

DEADLY BLAZE. This handout photo released by the Sao Paulo Fire Department on May 1, 2018 shows flames engulfing a building in the city center of Sao Paulo. Photo handout/Sao Paulo Fire Department/ AFP

DSWD drive shows 'right and responsible way' to help homeless families

Dec 28, 2017 - 8:31 PM

#HelptheHomelessPH campaign seeks to make the public understand why homeless people stay in the streets and to redirect their perception about giving alms on the streets

raise public awareness on the real plight of homeless families

IN PHOTOS: Bikers spend Christmas with homeless Filipinos

Dec 26, 2017 - 11:45 AM

Every year, volunteer bikers from the Bike Scouts Philippines organize the 'Midnight Ride' to deliver gifts to homeless kids and their parents

WATCH: The street vendors who were told to 'hide' during the ASEAN Summit

Nov 14, 2017 - 11:53 AM

Vendors and street dwellers are told to steer away from the streets for a week or two if they do not want to be rounded up by the police

The week in photos: November 4-10, 2017

Nov 11, 2017 - 3:52 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Images are projected onto the Louvre Pyramid in Paris at night on November 8, 2017 to mark the opening of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.More than a decade in the making, the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors on November 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG

VIRAL: Homeless father, son study hard along Davao street

Oct 14, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Tatay Efren and 10-year-old Fren Fren are seen studying and writing despite the lack of a light source outside a building along Ilustre Street in Davao City

VIRAL. In this photo that made rounds online, Tatay Efren and 10-year-old Fren-Fren were caught studying despite not having a roof over their heads. Photo from Mildred Yu

Detained Kadamay members freed on bail

Apr 12, 2017 - 5:00 PM

The release of the 40 detained Kadamay members comes ahead of the courts’ closure for the Holy Week

SENIOR CITIZENS. DSWD Undersecretary Malou Turalde appeals for the release of the senior citizens for humanitarian reasons. Photo from DSWD

#ShareLove: Volunteer group feeds Manila's homeless on Christmas Eve

Dec 25, 2016 - 2:59 PM

The volunteer non profit Food for Empowerment in Emergencies and Disasters feeds 1 000 homeless in Manila and gives them relief packs for Christmas

SPIRIT OF GIVING. FEED and Bike Scouts volunteers prepare meals for the homeless of Manila. Photo by Arlit Janry Parlero/ Rappler

DSWD urges other gov't agencies to help save homeless families

Dec 20, 2016 - 3:25 PM

There are more than 12 000 families out in the streets of Metro Manila alone

COLLECTIVE ACTION. DSWD urges different government agencies to come together to address the problem of the growing population of families in the streets. Rappler file photo

Posh Parisians revolt over homeless shelter

Mar 19, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Residents oppose the plan to build a homeless shelter in the posh district over fears of its impact on the area s forest security and beauty

A picture taken on March 10, 2016 shows an homeless man sleeping in the streets of Paris.  JOEL SAGET / AFP

10 Christmas stories around the world you (also) probably missed

Dec 29, 2015 - 1:28 PM

Last minute preps for Christmas made me miss the news I read back on people stories that happened during the holidays and came up with this list

After APEC, Estrada urges permanent solution for street dwellers

Nov 23, 2015 - 6:23 PM

This comes after reports that the government hid the homeless in preparation for the APEC summit

FOR THE FAMILIES. Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada visits families in San Andres, Manila. The city mayor is calling for a more permanent solution to the homeless problem. Photo from the camp of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada

In hiding street children for APEC, PH gov't violating rights

Nov 18, 2015 - 3:54 PM

During the preparations for the APEC Summit was child protection just an excuse to hide the marginalized communities?

STREET CHILDREN HIDDEN? Catherine Scerri of Bahay Tuluyan opposes the hiding of the marginalized whenever there are international events. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Paris terror attacks, detention for homeless, Rousey KO loss | 12PM wRap

Nov 16, 2015 - 1:58 PM

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Pre-APEC arrests: PH urged to release Manila's homeless

Nov 16, 2015 - 9:24 AM

Human Rights Watch: Philippine authorities hold hundreds of homeless Manila residents in 3 facilities to beautify the city ahead of the summit

OUT OF SIGHT. These street dwellers in Dakota, a community in Manila not far from the Philippine International Convention Center where the APEC summit will be held, have been told by local authorities to 'keep off the streets' for at least a week beginning November 16, 2015. Photo by Carlos Conde/Human Rights Watch

Homeless out, world leaders in: Manila readies for APEC summit

Nov 10, 2015 - 10:49 PM

Presidents Barack Obama of the United States Vladimir Putin of Russia Xi Jinping of China are among the world leaders flying to the November 18 19 event

STREET FAMILIES. The DSWD denies allegations that authorities are planning to keep some street families away during the big event. File photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

DSWD: No plan to hide Manila street families during APEC

Oct 10, 2015 - 5:49 PM

The claims are made by groups which recalled the alleged sudden disappearance of street families during the papal visit in January this year

NOT TRUE. Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman denies claims that homeless families will be hidden during the APEC in November. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

McDonald's France apologizes for 'don't feed the homeless' note

Aug 13, 2015 - 2:36 AM

The procedure and the wording was clumsy and the management swiftly withdrew the note

UP Diliman chancellor: No more 'homeless' Iskolar ng Bayan

Aug 07, 2015 - 9:39 PM

Managing dorm applications is a yearly problem at the state university: 6 500 students would prefer to stay in dormitories but only 3 725 can be accommodated

Students demand for more affordable student accommodations in UP. Photo by Chester Higuit/Philippine Collegian

Former child star Jiro Manio found wandering NAIA for days

Jun 30, 2015 - 8:41 PM

Airport employees say that Jiro was spotted dressed in old clothes and had to depend on help from strangers

Street families speak up on DSWD Batangas trip

Jan 27, 2015 - 7:57 PM

Some participants of the family camp attend the Senate inquiry presenting two sides

Manila's homeless also hope to meet Pope Francis

Jan 15, 2015 - 11:37 AM

In a city with the highest homeless rate in the world the homeless of Manila weigh in on what the Pope s visit means to them

Gwendolyn (L) and Justine Rivera (R)

Pope treats homeless to new sleeping bags

Dec 18, 2014 - 9:30 PM

A total of 300 bags found takers on the streets on Wednesday and another 100 were given to a homeless group to be distributed at a later date

POPE'S BIRTHDAY. A handout picture provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis blowing out birthday candles of a cake he received for his 78th birthday as he arrives for the Wednesday General Audience in Saint Peter's Square, Vatican City, 17 December 2014. EPA/L'OSSERVATORE ROMANO HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES

Public hanging: Manila’s homeless and the Philippines' dirty linen

Oct 17, 2014 - 1:28 PM

The new street homeless are everywhere – in the streets on sidewalks along the seawall of Manila Bay and outside idle lands abandoned buildings – as ubiquitous as their dirty laundry left to hang dry in full view of the public eye

Sleeping above tombs and living among the dead

Aug 21, 2014 - 5:25 PM

None of the residents are afraid of the dead There are other things to be afraid of they say like the lack of means to continue living

HOME. A mother plays with her 4-year-old daughter and her young nephew. The tomb made of granite serves as their bed. All photos by Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler.com

Housing Asia’s booming population

Jul 28, 2014 - 10:18 AM

Eradicating poverty will not happen without eliminating substandard housing

WebHits: A homeless man's reaction to a prank gets him a home

May 13, 2014 - 8:00 AM

How many surprises can a man take? Watch the homeless Eric

Toronto's immigrants: The hidden homeless

Apr 14, 2014 - 9:00 PM

Racialized newcomers and recent immigrants are much more likely to live in overcrowded conditions while Canadian born and long term immigrant respondents are more likely to live in bad building conditions

No Valentine's Day for Rosa

Feb 13, 2014 - 7:00 PM

Rosa gave up on her happy endings and decided that her heart was not worth the fight She had bigger problems to face

Fallen 'heroes': OFWs turned hungry and homeless

Jan 16, 2014 - 8:04 PM

From having high paying jobs abroad Eugene Asio and Arthur Villeta now call the streets of Manila their home

Homeless who turned in US$42,000 gets rewarded

Sep 20, 2013 - 11:26 AM

Glen James said he would never have kept even a penny

GOOD KARMA. Glen James' honesty gives him overflowing rewards

Shit versus stoic

Aug 15, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Adult human poop is scathing its odor caustic to nostrils and quite frankly completely unshakeable

Photo wRap: Dwight Howard, Lady Liberty and #PeaceTalks

Jul 16, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Dwight Howard signs with Houston Rockets Lady Liberty is 126 and haunting portraits of homeless people round up the past two weeks in photos

Homeless trio charged in Hollywood death

Jun 21, 2013 - 9:03 AM

Female tourist was attacked in public for refusing to give a dollar after taking a photo

BECAUSE OF A DOLLAR. 'She was attacked in front of everybody...They couldn't believe what was happening,' the victim's mother said

British director dies while making homeless film

Apr 07, 2013 - 12:33 AM

The body of Lee Halpin 26 was found in a derelict building in the northeastern English city of Newcastle on Wednesday just three days after he began the project

Photo from Lee Halpin's Facebook PagePhoto from Facebook

Homeless man to Justin Timberlake: Help me

Dec 25, 2012 - 10:00 AM

The video has a series of Los Angeles vagrants street musicians and others talk to camera sending wishes to Timberlake and Biel for their recent Italian nuptials

HELP ME, says homeless man features in the celebrity's wedding video. Photo from Timberlake's official Facebook fanpage

Social Media wRap: Baby Hashtag, good deeds, and trolls

Dec 01, 2012 - 3:23 PM

Amid all the crazy things that happened on social media this week we found a couple of stories that could inspire you to do something good

Homeless World Cup Team PH sets eyes on Mexico

Jul 31, 2012 - 1:47 PM

Homeless World Cup Team Philippines has transformed the lives of orphans They need all the help to bring the team to Mexico this October