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

sf japantown protest Kimpton Buchanan Hotel permanent housing

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.

NYC Chinatown’s Beloved ‘Uncle Kwok’ Killed in Deadly Rampage

On Saturday, five homeless men in New York City’s Chinatown were violently attacked by a 24-year-old suspect identified as Randy Rodriguez Santos. Four of them died at the scene while a fifth victim was left in critical condition.

Among those who died was 83-year-old Chuen Kwok, who was sleeping in his usual spot outside of 2 Bowery early morning when he was murdered, reports the New York Post.

Florida City Blasts ‘Baby Shark’ to Keep Homeless People Out of Park at Night

In a bid to drive homeless people away from a key waterfront pavilion, West Palm Beach, Florida has decided to annoy them by playing “Baby Shark” on a loop every night. 

Local Parks and Recreation director Leah Rockwell told the Palm Beach Post in an interview published Tuesday that it is important to keep the area clean as people are paying thousands of dollars to use it.