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Aug 5

L.A. voters to decide whether hotels must rent vacant rooms to homeless people

  A controversial measure that would require hotels in Los Angeles to rent vacant rooms to homeless people will go before voters in 2024, the City Council decided Friday. The council rejected an option that would have skipped the public vote and enacted the ordinance directly, instead voting 12 to 0 to send the measure to the ballot. The initiative is backed ...
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Jul 28

Homeless people wait as Los Angeles lets thousands of federal housing vouchers go unused

Yolanda Robins’ dream was finally coming true. After three decades living on skid row, punctuated by brief stays in hotel rooms and shelters, she was approved in January to move into an apartment where she could begin to rebuild her life with help from a federal housing subsidy program. The Residences at Hotel Alexandria had a studio available immediately. The massive brick ...
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Jul 13

HOPWA Programs Need YOUR Help getting to $600 million - Contact Your Senators NOW

  National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) is committed to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable, and appropriate housing by advocating for resources and equitable policies that guide this through our own efforts and supporting other Housing and HIV Advocate Organizations.  HOPWA Programs NEED YOUR HELP!   In the United States, an estimated 100,000 people with HIV/AIDS ...
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Jul 11

Cause of homelessness? It’s not drugs or mental illness, researchers say

    SAN DIEGO — Ask just about anyone for their thoughts on what causes homelessness, and you will likely hear drug addiction, mental illness, alcoholism and poverty. A pair of researchers, however, looked at those issues across the country and found they occur everywhere. What does vary greatly around the country, they found, was the availability of affordable housing. In their University of California Press ...
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Jun 20

U.S. Awards $115M Through Ryan White Funds to End HIV

  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $115 million to 60 recipients to help end the HIV epidemic through efforts to prevent transmission and to connect people living with HIV to care and treatment. The funding arrives through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides services to low-income people living with and at risk ...
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Jun 9

Judge Signals Approval of City's Settlement of LA Homelessness Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge today tentatively signed off on Los Angeles' proposed settlement with the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights in which the city will spend up to $3 billion over the next five years to develop as many as 16,000 beds or housing units for non-mentally ill members of the homeless population.   U.S. District Judge David Carter said ...
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May 24

News report showing L.A. homeless services workers throwing out boxes of food draws official’s ire

  A day after a news report captured Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority workers throwing away food meant for unhoused people, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer sent a letter to the agency demanding answers.   The report, aired by KCBS-TV Channel 2 on Monday, showed LAHSA workers throwing cases of food into a dumpster. The news station said it had followed homeless services ...
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May 19

100 homeless L.A. community college students to get shelter, food and Wi-Fi

    The Los Angeles Community College District will fund a $1.5-million pilot program to provide housing for more than 100 students who are homeless or housing insecure.   As the pandemic continues to exacerbate students’ basic food and housing needs, many have prioritized jobs over education, prompting the Board of Trustees to vote last week to green light the yearlong housing program for ...
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May 16

‘We hurt those already hurting’: why Los Angeles is failing on homelessness

  Last month, the top official charged with addressing homelessness in Los Angeles announced her surprise departure, offering a scathing message on her way out: the crisis is “a monster of our own making”, she wrote in her resignation letter. “Those in power who possess the ability to change the lives of more than 60,000 unhoused Angelenos must be willing to ...
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May 4

Many homeless people resist group shelters even as L.A. mayoral candidates push to build more

  The Los Angeles mayoral primary has seen candidates throwing big numbers around concerning how much shelter they’d like to see built for homeless people.   Rick Caruso wants 30,000 new beds in his first year in office, Rep. Karen Bass says 15,000 new beds in hers and Councilman Joe Buscaino wants 9,000 new beds within 36 months, to name a few of ...
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