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Justice Department Says It’s Not Illegal To Sleep Outside

If I want to sleep in my backyard, no one is going to hassle me (except maybe a few birds and the odd possum), but if I want to take a nap in a public park I may be violating some city ordinance and find myself fined or arrested. But lawyers for the U.S. Dept. of Justice say that laws barring people from sleeping in public spaces are unconstitutional. [More]

Homeless? If You Can Prove There's A Relative Who'll Take You In, NYC Will Pay Your Way

Homeless? If You Can Prove There's A Relative Who'll Take You In, NYC Will Pay Your Way

NYC wants to have less homeless people — even if that means buying them a one way ticket out of town. The NYT says that the Bloomberg administration has paid for 550 homeless people to leave the city — including flying people to “Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20).”

Starbucks Thinks You're Homeless, Tosses You And Your Coffee Out On The Street

Starbucks Thinks You're Homeless, Tosses You And Your Coffee Out On The Street

The 70-year-old Lisle woman was kicked out of the Starbucks in downtown Glen Ellyn a few weeks ago. She claims it was because employees mistook her as a homeless person, part of a purge the store waged to mollify customers who complained that the coffee shop was overrun with the homeless.

Debt Drives Student To Live In Pick-up Truck

Debt Drives Student To Live In Pick-up Truck

The 26-year-old has been living in his truck for nearly 19 months, skirting rules against sleeping in vehicles while otherwise living the life of a mainstream student. What started out as a way to save some cash has turned into a journey of self-reliance and independence.