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Jun 23

L.A. City Council passes $100-million coronavirus rent relief program

  Nearly 50,000 Los Angeles families hurt by the economic and health fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic could get help from a $100-million rent relief program passed by the City Council on Tuesday.   The money would provide up to $2,000 in rental assistance for low-income households who have lost work, fallen ill or had to assist sick family members during the crisis.   “I ...
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Jun 12

Homelessness jumped 13% in L.A. County, 14% in the city before pandemic

  Despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to curb homelessness, the number of people without a home in Los Angeles grew last year for the fifth time in the last six years, officials announced Friday. And that was before the pandemic.   The double-digit increases reported in both the city and county reflected the status in January, when the annual count is ...
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Jun 12

Editorial: L.A.'s homeless numbers are up. Again. They’ll go up even more if we don’t act now

  The results of the 2020 annual count of homeless people in Los Angeles are grim — and, perhaps, not surprising to any of us who witness daily the tragedy of people living on sidewalks. Homelessness increased by 12.7% in the county, to 66,433, and by 14.2% in the city of Los Angeles, where the number stands at 41,290. The homeless ...
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May 28

Freed inmates face brutal lives of poverty and homelessness. Don’t blame coronavirus

  Editor’s note: This editorial is the second in a series of three. The first was published Wednesday and the third will be published Friday; you can find them at latimes.com/opinion.   It’s just like in the movies: When a prison inmate’s term ends he’s given some money, a new outfit and a bus ticket back to wherever he lived when he was convicted ...
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May 20

L.A. city and county fight over how to shelter homeless people living near freeways

  A hearing about the moving of homeless people living near freeways was canceled Wednesday after the city and county of Los Angeles couldn’t agree on a plan for how to comply with a federal judge’s order.   Last week, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter ordered the relocation of up to 7,000 people living near overpasses, offramps and onramps, saying they face severe health risks from ...
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May 11

Massive effort to get Los Angeles homeless population into hotels

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — To curb the coronavirus spread, Los Angeles has embarked on a massive effort to bring thousands of homeless people off the streets and into hotels to protect them and others from infection.   California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced last week that money from the federal government would help pay for at least 15,000 hotel rooms during the pandemic. ...
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May 6

COVID-19 testing in skid row: Understanding the spread of the coronavirus in the homeless community

  The city of Los Angeles has opened a mobile COVID-19 testing center in skid row with the goal of understanding how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting those experiencing homelessness. Michael Arnold, president and CEO of Midnight Mission, shares his perspective on the city’s efforts to support homeless people during the outbreak. ...
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May 4

In Latest Coronavirus Update, Garcetti Talks About Efforts To House Homeless People, Get Meals To Seniors

  At today's coronavirus briefing (watch live above), Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti started by discussing how statewide reopening plans would impact the city. Earlier today, California governor Gavin Newsom said the state will start moving into Phase 2 of the coronavirus fight this Friday. Reopenings may happen regionally. Businesses in sparsely populated areas might reopen sooner than ones in densely populated urban areas.   "Our ...
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Apr 26

Venice Beach Boardwalk Hotel Housing Homeless

  A hotel on the Venice Beach Boardwalk has begun housing homeless individuals who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19.   Project Roomkey, a collaborative effort by the State, County and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), secures hotel and motel rooms for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.   “It provides a way for people who don’t have a home to stay ...
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Apr 23

‘We aren’t the dumping ground’: Homeless people fleeing coronavirus meet NIMBY resistance

  When officials in the South Bay city of Lawndale learned that a hotel on its main drag had been leased to Los Angeles County to house homeless people at high risk for the coronavirus, their reaction wasn’t to put out a welcome mat.   Rather, in an April 14 letter to the hotel’s owner, the city attorney said that if he did ...
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