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Mar 8

Editorial: The only way out of homelessness is permanent housing. That’s why we need the HHH program

  As homelessness in Los Angeles has increased and become more visible, Proposition HHH, the $1.2-billion homeless housing bond program, has become a convenient scapegoat for the city’s inability to get unhoused people off the streets.   Proposition HHH was passed overwhelmingly by Los Angeles voters in November 2016 to help finance the construction or acquisition of 10,000 units of housing for the ...
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Feb 23

Pandemic adds urgency to count of L.A. County’s homeless population

  On a map of Los Angeles County, census tract 124300 is shaped like a trapezoid. It’s the part of North Hollywood where Emma Taylor and two others spent Tuesday night conducting a count of people living on the streets.   The trio was among the thousands of volunteers who took part in the first day of the homeless count in the San ...
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Jan 19

Column: Dear Karen Bass and others, L.A. needs a real homeless plan we haven’t heard before

  OK, here we go.   In the city of sprawling encampments, broken promises and simmering frustration, the mayoral derby is under way. Eric Garcetti, after 20 years in power as a councilman and mayor, will soon be leaving City Hall here in the homeless capital of the United States.   Out of the gates and in the front of the pack are Rep. Karen ...
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Jan 15

If elected mayor, Rep. Karen Bass wants to house 15,000 homeless people in first year

Rep. Karen Bass is making addressing homelessness the centerpiece of her campaign to be mayor of Los Angeles.   Bass unveiled a plan Friday calling for 15,000 people to be housed in her first year in office — though she didn’t specify exactly what proportion of those people would go into permanent housing, as opposed to interim housing such as bunk-style shelters, ...
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Jan 3

Editorial: The VA vowed to house more than 500 homeless veterans by the holidays. How did it do?

  After Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough toured the homeless encampment of about 40 people, mostly veterans, who lived on the sidewalk outside the gated grounds of the West L.A. VA campus in October, he went back to Washington and vowed to house not just them but 500 other homeless veterans as well.   “Every once in a while you run across these ...
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Dec 26

Editorial: Los Angeles housed hundreds of homeless people. Now we need to keep them there

Hundreds of homeless people in large encampments in L.A. city parks moved into temporary and permanent housing this year as part of high-profile and sometimes controversial efforts to clear those parks. That was a remarkable accomplishment for the service providers and outreach workers who made it happen. Now comes the part that is just as difficult — keeping people housed.   In ...
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Dec 13

Pasadena Humane

Pasadena Humane is a donor-supported, non-profit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. For nearly 120 years, we’ve promoted compassion and care for all animals through life-saving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets healthy and safe.   CONTACT   Address: 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, ...
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Dec 1

HUD Awards $41 Million in HOPWA Grants to Provide Housing to Low-Income Persons Living with HIV and Their Families

December 1, 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing today announced it will award $41 million in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) competitive grants to 20 local governments and non-profit organizations through the HOPWA: Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS funding opportunity. “The importance of affordable housing and access to inclusive, ...
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Nov 27

Column: Ban homeless encampments everywhere? It might have more support than liberals think

Scott Culbertson is conflicted. Not to mention frustrated. And sad. And disappointed. And, frankly, just fed up.   Angelenos, I suspect many of you can relate.   For almost two years, the executive director of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands has watched with dismay as an encampment of broken down RVs and buses has become a permanent fixture along Jefferson Boulevard, just west of ...
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Nov 11

Feds extend funding through spring to help L.A. house homeless people in hotels

Throughout the pandemic, the city and county of Los Angeles have rented thousands of hotel rooms for homeless people at risk of contracting the coronavirus.   This massive effort was partially made possible by the federal government’s willingness to reimburse local governments for each dollar they spent renting the rooms and repurposing hotels into temporary housing.   The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s reimbursement of ...
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