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Sep 22

Program to house homeless people in hotels is ending after falling short of goal

  One hotel emptied its rooms in late August. Another did so last week. A third is winding down this week.   It’s the beginning of the end for L.A. County’s Project Roomkey, the $100 million-plus program to repurpose hotels and motels emptied by the coronavirus as safe havens for homeless people.   After peaking at just over 4,300 guests — about 30% of its ambitious goal ...
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Sep 16

Why didn’t these L.A. hotels house homeless people? A new report offers some answers

  When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.   One downtown hotel was worried about how participating in the program, Project Roomkey, would affect its brand, according to a report issued this week by a city ...
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Sep 9

L.A. hitches conditions to funding rent assistance for homeless people

  The Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday to allocate tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money for “rapid rehousing” — a program that includes rent assistance for homeless people — but will hold off on handing over much of the money until the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority shows progress in housing people with the funds.   Council President Nury ...
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Aug 17

How would Trump or Biden approach housing and homelessness?

  Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, cities across the nation were confronting a historic surge in homelessness as hundreds of thousands of Americans found themselves unable to afford rising rents.   Now, some of the millions who lost their jobs as businesses shut down to slow the contagion are in danger of eviction or foreclosure. Regardless of whether Congress and President Trump agree on a ...
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Aug 11

Coronavirus: LA County's $100M rent relief program to launch next week

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Relief is on the way for some renters in Los Angeles County.A $100 million rent relief program is about to go into effect for areas in the county outside the city of L.A. County leaders say they hope the program will help about eight to nine thousand households.The program opens up Aug. 17 and will remain open ...
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Aug 10

L.A. County may pay $1.35 million to settle case over use of public funds to back Measure H

  A probe by the state’s political watchdog and a civil lawsuit have resulted in a pending settlement that would require Los Angeles County to pay $1.35 million to resolve claims that it failed to properly disclose its use of public funds to support a homeless services tax ballot measure. The case revolves around the campaign for Measure H, a multimillion-dollar effort approved ...
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Jul 12

L.A., through Friday, is taking applications for its $103-million rent relief program

  A five-day application period has opened for a city relief program aimed at helping Los Angeles residential tenants struggling with the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.   The application process for the Emergency Renters Relief Program will be open for five days, closing at 11:59 p.m. Friday, said Ann Sewill, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing and Community Investment Department, ...
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Jul 1

Coronavirus and financial hurdles are delaying projects to build homeless housing

  During an ebullient January ceremony for the first project completed with funding from the city’s Proposition HHH homeless housing bond, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti framed the moment as a turning point.   “We will see an opening of one of these about every three weeks this year,” Garcetti said.   That didn’t happen. Nearly six months later, there has been only one other opening ...
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Jul 1

Coronavirus and financial hurdles are delaying projects to build homeless housing

  During an ebullient January ceremony for the first project completed with funding from the city’s Proposition HHH homeless housing bond, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti framed the moment as a turning point. “We will see an opening of one of these about every three weeks this year,” Garcetti said. That didn’t happen. Nearly six months later, there has been only one other opening ...
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Jun 30

HUD Awards More Than $35 Million to 31 Local HIV/AIDS Housing Programs

  Funding offers stable housing for individuals and families at risk of homelessness The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [on June 17] announced more than $35.8 million to assist more than 2,856 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families over a three-year period. The funding is offered through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) and ...
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