North Carolina City Ignores Its Own Rules To Keep Homeless Shelter Out Of Its New Home

For more than 30 years, the Catherine H. Barber Memorial Shelter has quietly served North Wilkesboro and broader Wilkes County in North Carolina. It’s a small, temporary shelter with 10 beds that helps those who have fallen on hard times get back on their feet; the maximum stay is generally two weeks. Most nights there are a few empty beds, but on occasion the shelter—the only one in 70,000 resident Wilkes County—must turn away the needy. After losing its lease on the home it has occupied for three decades, the shelter was offered a new building, free of charge. But it may never be able to move in.

A local dentist moved his practice and offered the shelter his now empty office building. And

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Nursing homes to organize their own COVID testing as state focuses on testing in jails, homeless shelters | Health

The state Department of Health and Human Services has been negotiating with COVID-19 testing labs to run the state’s regular testing of nursing home staff, but announced last week that nursing homes will soon have to organize those tests themselves.

Each facility will make its own contracts with testing labs, Health and Human Services Commissioner Lori Shibinette told nursing home administrators in a phone conference last week, and the state will reimburse up to $100 per test.

“It still provides the funding and the support that is needed to have a good surveillance program,” Shibinette said.

In the event of another outbreak at a nursing home, Shibinette said, the state will again organize and pay for testing. The state provided nursing home administrators with a list of labs that can process tests and contact information for each, and Shibinette expects most nursing homes to have contracts and be running their

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Homeward Trails Comes To The Rescue Of Homeless Dogs And Cats

FAIRFAX STATION, VA — Since Sue Bell founded Homeward Trails Animal Rescue in 2002, it has grown to become the largest private shelter in Northern Virginia. Last year, it took in 3,116 animals, making it 11th among the more than 400 shelters and rescues in Virginia.

“Our mission mostly is just to provide temporary and permanent homes for homeless dogs and cats in the D.C. region,” she said. “However, in the last five or six years we have also expanded our mission to do work and advocacy and legislation to promote more humane animal welfare policies and laws locally and throughout the state of Virginia.”

Unlike publicly run shelters in places like Fairfax County and Arlington, HTAR is completely financed by private funding. About half of its revenue comes from its adoptions, with the remaining support coming from donations by individuals, corporations and events.

“The public shelters usually have a

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Affordable homes, some for the homeless, eyed near San Jose malls

SAN JOSE — PATH Ventures, which specializes in affordable homes, has proposed a residential development that would replace some retail buildings on West San Carlos Street in San Jose.



an aerial view of a city street: PATH Villas at West San Carlos, a proposed 94-unit residential development at 1921 W. San Carlos St. in San Jose that will be 100 percent affordable, concept.       Dahlin


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PATH Villas at West San Carlos, a proposed 94-unit residential development at 1921 W. San Carlos St. in San Jose that will be 100 percent affordable, concept. Dahlin

The new residential development would sprout at the corner of West San Carlos Street and Cleveland Avenue, just east of Interstate 880 and a short distance from Valley Fair mall and Santana Row, according to documents filed with city planners.

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“PATH Villas at West San Carlos will be a 94-unit affordable, mixed-income housing development serving families in the West San Carlos Urban Village Plan area,” PATH Ventures stated in documents on file with the city’s planning department.

The proposed development might be able to extend its

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Cat found pregnant and homeless seeking home

A ONE-year-old cat who was found heavily pregnant and homeless is looking for her forever home.

Her concerned finder saw the cat in distress and rushed her to Blue Cross in Radcliffe, where a foster home was quickly found to provide her with all the care she needed.

Named ‘Cleo’ she was taken to see a vet to treat an ulceration on her eyes, a flea infestation and ear mites. She gave birth to four kittens the following day.

Sadly one had a serious condition and the decision was made to euthanise, but happily the other three have all since found loving homes.

Cleo, however, has been left on the shelf and has been overlooked for over four months.

Charlotte Ayres, Animal Welfare Assistant at Blue Cross in Radcliffe said: “It is such a shame poor Cleo still hasn’t found a home. She has been homeless for far longer than

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