The economy, homelessness, motels as shelters, and bed bugs

June 25, 2009

The Boston Globe reported Wednesday on how record numbers of families are now being sheltered in motels. In October 2007, 27 families were housed in Massachusetts motels. The number rose steeply in the last year, as the economy collapsed, many became unemployed, and foreclosures skyrocketed. The number of families sheltered in motels went from just […]

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Bed bugs in another women’s shelter in Charlotte, North Carolina

June 28, 2008

A Charlotte, North Carolina shelter that houses women who have suffered domestic violence has evacuated residents for several weeks while bed bugs are removed, according to the Charlotte Observer: The Charlotte-area United Family Services domestic violence shelter has evacuated its residents to “a safe place” in order to battle a recent infestation of bedbugs, said […]

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YMCA housing for men in need is called deplorable (yes, bed bugs are part of this)

March 6, 2008

Bed bugs are one of the problems  63 formerly homeless men in transitional housing in a Boston YMCA are having to put up with.  The building has apparently been so neglected so long that  program sponsors may begin witholding rent. Ironically, when these men have made the choice to leave homelessness behind, they’re made to […]

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Itchy the Bed Bug: an Olympic Mascot for Vancouver

February 1, 2008

Vancouver | Homes Not Games Originally uploaded by ardenstreet Graffiti from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Remember VANDU? They’re the grassroots community group in Vancouver that got a grant and implemented a plan to help fight bed bugs in Vancouver’s beleaguered Downtown Eastside. Well, they’re back at it, this time as one of the sponsors of this […]

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Ventura County motel closure makes many families homeless at Christmas

December 24, 2007

Catholic Charities is one group trying to help those displaced when the Traveler’s Beach Inn was shut down due to bed bugs and electrical problems, the Ventura County Star reported Saturday. The week before Christmas and raining, to boot, some 14 families were tipped out of a Ventura inn because of electrical hazards and an […]

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bed bug news for 2007-11-11: Lexington, KY and Toronto, ON

November 10, 2007

LEX18 – Lexington, KY: Health Department Encourages Learning About Bed Bugs “The Kentucky Department for Public Health is encouraging people to learn more about bed bugs, the small, brownish insects that feed on the blood of animals.” Paradoxically, this article contains almost no content or explanation of how they’ll do that. (tags: bedbugs kentucky lexington […]

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Bed bug news round-up: South Jersey apartment complex; Charlotte, North Carolina Salvation Army shelter

August 14, 2007

Some days, there’s so much bedbug news, I can’t keep up. First, this item from NJ.com about an infested building South Jersey (Jamestown Square in Blackwood, NJ) makes me wonder: what if there was a newspaper item for every single infested building in New York?!? The New York Times would have to use a 4-point […]

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Freehold, NJ Social Service agency asks county for money to treat bed bugs

July 14, 2007

Bed bug news, even the important stuff that can make a difference, is often considered unimportant, and squeezed into a paragraph under the bottom of an article on something else. NJ.com reported Friday that in Freehold, NJ, Keith Hamilton said that bedbugs have returned to some local social-service facilities and asked if the county can […]

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Salt Lake City Firehouse closed due to bed bugs

January 25, 2007

According to kutv.com, the firefighters blame the infestation on a homeless shelter they are called out to regularly. “What are we going to do? Strip everyone down and make them take a shower before we let them in the shelter?” asks Diane Keay of the Salt Lake County Health Department. “I don’t think we’re going […]

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More from Edmonton bed bug evictions case

December 3, 2006

Previously, I blogged about the case in Edmonton, where tenants were evicted for not complying with the preparations for extermination in their apartments (which involved bagging clothes and moving or removing furniture. Now, the Edmonton Journal is reporting that some tenants who claim to have complied with the preparations for bed bug treatment in their […]

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So many bad bedbug-fighting practices, so little time

October 28, 2006

Public officials make so many mistakes when it comes to bedbugs, that Bedbugger almost can’t keep up. Today, an article in the Rhode Island News provides just one example. A Cranston, RI shelter was so infested that 70 residents and housing advocates marched to the State House, seeking the Governor’s help. (You need a login, […]

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