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Jan 16

LA Awarded More Than $109 Million For HUD Continuum Of Care Programs

Los Angeles, CA (January 12, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $109,398,295 to the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) for 2017 - an increase of nearly $5 million from last year. The HUD Homeless Assistance Grant Awards include $13.5 million for 11 new permanent supportive housing projects (PSH) providing 828 new permanent ...
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Jan 16

Temporary trailers for homeless people planned on downtown city lot

Los Angeles city leaders are planning to house dozens of homeless people in trailers on a city-owned downtown lot as a possible model for citywide temporary shelters. A proposal that will be submitted to the City Council on Tuesday calls for installing five trailers on a parking lot at Arcadia and Alameda streets by the beginning of summer. The trailers would house ...
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Dec 25

The cowardly way L.A. perceives its homeless only makes it harder to get them help

A message posted recently to my neighborhood’s website caught my attention. It described a homeless woman passed out on the sidewalk in the middle of the day with an open liquor bottle, her shopping cart in the street. The writer called “non-emergency” services to report the situation because it felt “unsafe.” What was it about this pathetic scene that seemed “unsafe?” ...
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Dec 19

L.A.'s twin disasters — rising homelessness and spiraling rents — have the same DNA

Sofiya Turin, a teacher, lives in a bucolic part of the Hollywood flatlands, where nice apartments and small houses grace tree-shaded streets near a city park. But something is wrong with the picture.Poinsettia Park has ball fields and tennis courts, children’s play equipment and a gymnasium. And scores of homeless people. They live in tents, sleep on bleachers and grass, and mill ...
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Dec 11

Weingart Center plans first high-rise homeless housing for L.A.'s skid row

For decades, the Weingart Center has been a fixture on Los Angeles’ skid row, one among the many places of refuge where homeless men and women come for shelter, food and support. Now the social services agency is expanding its mission into permanent housing and plans to do it with a flourish by reshaping the skyline of L.A.’s most depressed neighborhood. Weingart ...
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Dec 4

Study finds L.A. County saves money by housing sick homeless people

Los Angeles County’s marquee program to provide housing for very sick homeless people saved taxpayers thousands of dollars by reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits, a three-year Rand Corp. study released Monday found. Considered a national model, Housing for Health uses county and federal money to subsidize rents and intensive case management for acutely ill homeless people. Rand, a Santa-Monica-based research group, ...
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Nov 30

NIH and partners launch HIV vaccine efficacy study

The National Institutes of Health and partners have launched a large clinical trial to assess whether an experimental HIV vaccine regimen is safe and able to prevent HIV infection. The new Phase 2b proof-of-concept study, called Imbokodo, aims to enroll 2,600 HIV-negative women in sub-Saharan Africa. Of 1.8 million new HIV infections worldwide in 2016, 43 percent occurred in eastern ...
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Nov 28

About 15% of Americans with HIV don't know they're infected, CDC report says

Half of the Americans recently diagnosed with HIV had been living with the virus for at least three years without realizing it, missing out on opportunities for early treatment and in some cases spreading it to others, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, of the 39,720 Americans newly diagnosed with HIV in ...
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Nov 7

Pilot program in Glendale will help train, place homeless candidates into workforce

A new pilot program in Glendale is designed to provide adults experiencing homelessness with training, mentorship and job placement to create a path toward long-term employment. The Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Service Department granted $100,000 in Measure H funds for Glendale’s Regional Immediate Intervention Service to Employment program, or RIISE.The program, developed by the Glendale Community Services ...
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Nov 1

L.A. considers hiring homeless people to clean up litter on the streets

Los Angeles is considering employing homeless people to clean litter and trash from streets, sidewalks and alleys. According to the City Council motion that would create a pilot program, the city receives an average of 200 requests per day through its 311 mobile app and website regarding dumping, debris and other trash-related nuisances, and trash also is consistently one of the ...
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