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Seattle Chinatown community ‘left in the dark’ about homeless shelter expansion

  • A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods – Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square – has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state. 
  • Business owner Tanya Woo told KING 5 that she is frustrated by the lack of communication between King County and the Chinatown-International District community.
  • Woo and other community members reportedly heard about the project in July, but the King County council approved the expansion back in May.
  • Woo believes that leaving out the community from conversations about the recent expansion is a symptom of deeply rooted prejudice, saying, “The fact that we speak several different languages, that we don't want to make waves, that we are Asian – they are taking advantage of all those aspects to just bring this to the community without engaging us and I find that very racist.”
  • Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell, who has also expressed his frustration with the King County Regional Homeless Authority, believes the agency is “working against” his efforts to combat homelessness.

A recent major homeless shelter expansion in three Seattle neighborhoods has attracted backlash from Chinatown-International District community members who feel “left in the dark” about the policies of King County in Washington state.

The expansion in Chinatown-International District, SODO and Pioneer Square has reportedly prompted community members to declare that there is a “lack of transparency” within King County.

Homeless single father in China who sells balloons at night with his daughter goes viral

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  • A viral Douyin video uploaded on Saturday shows a homeless single father and his daughter selling balloons late at night.
  • The two reportedly sell balloons until 2 to 3 a.m. and sleep under trees during the day.
  • The father added that he has many unpaid bills and is owed thousands of yuan in unpaid salary from working on construction sites.

A homeless single father dubbed “Balloon Father” on Chinese social media went viral after he was seen selling balloons at night with his young daughter.

The father, whose identity has not been revealed, is seen in a Douyin video posted on Aug. 12 pulling a cart full of colorful balloons of various shapes and sizes on the side of the road. The girl, who appears to be around 5 years old, follows alongside him wearing a pink dress while holding a large bunny doll.

Veteran NYPD sergeant pleads guilty for punching two homeless men in police custody

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  • Sgt. Phillip Wong, the veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant who allegedly punched two homeless men on two separate occasions in 2019 and 2020, pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and third-degree attempted assault charges on Wednesday.
  • “Law enforcement officials are sworn to serve and protect their communities, including New Yorkers in their custody,” Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg said during Wong’s hearing. “In this case, Sgt. Wong violated not only his oath – but the law – during the violent arrests of two New Yorkers, on two separate occasions.”
  • The first incident occurred on Oct. 4, 2019, inside NYPD Transit District 3 in Hamilton Heights. The second incident occurred on April 29, 2020, at the West 96th Street and Broadway subway station.
  • Wong, who joined the force in 2006, was slapped with a two-year probation, ordered to complete 70 hours of community service and told to undertake anger management or other counseling.

A veteran New York Police Department (NYPD) sergeant has pleaded guilty for punching two homeless men on two separate occasions in 2019 and 2020.

Sgt. Phillip Wong pleaded guilty at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday. He admitted to assaulting the first man, who was in police custody, and the second man, who was at the platform of West 96th Street and Broadway subway station.

Michelle Go, woman who was shoved into path of NYC subway train, helped homeless people for 10 years

  • Michelle Alyssa Go, 40, was shoved into the path of an oncoming subway train in New York City on Saturday, resulting in her death.
  • Go, described by family members as a “kind” and “intelligent” woman, spent the past 10 years helping homeless people find work.
  • Her alleged killer, 61-year-old Simon Martial, is a homeless person.

Michelle Alyssa Go, the woman pushed to her death by a homeless man in New York City, had advocated for homeless people for over 10 years, according to fellow volunteers.

Go, 40, was shoved into the path of an oncoming train at Times Square-42nd Street subway station at around 9:40 a.m. on Saturday. The suspect, 61-year-old Simon Martial, surrendered to police shortly after and was subsequently charged with second-degree murder.

‘What about stray people?’: Chinese TikToker shocked by number of homeless people after living in US for 2 years

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A Chinese woman recently took to TikTok to express how shocked she was after seeing the staggering number of homeless people living on the streets in Portland, Ore. after she moved to the U.S. two years ago.

“Stray people”: In a video posted a week ago by @lialiu_chinese, the TikTok user discussed some of the “things in America that Chinese don’t understand.” She raised concerns about the growing problem of homelessness in the country.

One of the last remaining Japantowns is in danger of ‘irreparable harm,’ according to local SF community

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Residents in San Francisco’s Japantown are calling for help in their protest against the city’s plan to buy a landmark hotel and turn it into a permanent facility for the homeless.

The plan: San Francisco is seeking to purchase the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel, a 131-room tourist hotel located on the corner of Sutter and Buchanan street. This is part of Mayor London Breed’s plan to create 4,500 permanent supportive housing units — 1,500 of which would be new — within two years.

Atlanta Officer, Elderly Homeless Man Share Deep Bond Since Before Pandemic

An officer from the Atlanta Police Department developed a bond with a homeless man that began before the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melina Lim, 25, was on her daily routine of checking up on businesses around northwest Atlanta shortly before the pandemic hit, when she saw Jawee Bilal Faheem, 61, who goes by the name “Doc,” holding a sign on the side of the road, according to 11Alive.

Nurse Raises Over $12,000 For Homeless and Elderly People in NYC Amid Lockdown

An Asian American registered nurse started a crowdfunding campaign for the homeless and elderly stuck inside their homes in New York City amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Justin Tsui, who is currently pursuing a doctorate of nursing practice in psychiatric mental health at Columbia University, has been helping the elderly since the lockdown on March 22, according to his post on GoFundMe.