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The San Antonio Police Department HAS fired an officer for allegedly giving a sandwich full of feces to a homeless man. City leaders and homeless service providers are disgusted, but say the incident isn’t reflective of SAPD’s interactions with the homeless. According to police, former officer Matthew Luckhurst bragged to another officer back in May that he’d picked up some feces, placed it in a Styrofoam container with a slice of bread, and set it beside an unidentified homeless man. The...

From Texas Standard: When Sam Espinosa was a kid, it took a while for Austin Independent School District to learn he was homeless. "My mom is a fairly private person – she was never one to let anyone else into, you know, what we were going through," Espinosa says. So, Sam and his five siblings became fairly good at pretending they had a place to live.

David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio

On Saturday in Denham Springs, Louisiana, about 15 miles east of Baton Rouge, the parking lot of a Sam’s Club was turned into a one-stop shop for flood victims. Just days earlier the entire area was under water, but now this is where people can grab a shopping cart, get free cleaning supplies, cases of water, and ice. They can also talk to FEMA about their claim for government disaster assistance. And they can get a hot meal from San Antonio’s Chow Train – a nonprofit food truck. Its...

About 7 percent of homeless people live in rural areas, but homeless advocates say services in those areas don't get as much federal funding as they deserve — partly because the number of homeless people might be underestimated. Official homelessness numbers come from the point-in-time count : A 24-hour tally of a community's homeless population on the streets or in shelters. But in rural areas such as Wyoming and South Dakota where shelter space is scarce, people often crash with friends or...

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