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Jun 27

Californians face November decision on $2-billion spending plan for homeless housing

Californians will decide in November whether to borrow $2 billion to fund new housing for homeless residents. Gov. Jerry Brown authorized the ballot measure Wednesday when he signed the state’s annual budget and related legislation. The measure would draw funding from dollars generated by Proposition 63, a 1% income tax surcharge on millionaires passed in 2004 that funds mental health services. ...
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Jun 15

In LA, 5 percent of newly housed residents are already homeless again

With new funding trickling in from ballot measures H and HHH, Los Angeles County service providers have helped 11,370 homeless residents find permanent housing between July 2017 and March 2018. But the city’s homeless services agency reports that 547 of those people—nearly 5 percent—are already homeless again. “It's very discouraging,” says John Maceri, director of nonprofit The People Concern. “Hours and hours ...
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Jun 1

There are fewer homeless people in L.A. County — but the problem remains grim and unacceptable

For the first time in four years, the number of homeless people in Los Angeles County has decreased. It went down by just a modest 3% (and 5% in just the city of L.A.), but that is still a significant reversal of the shocking double-digit increases of recent years. The dip, reported in the official 2018 “homeless count,” was welcome news. ...
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May 31

Homelessness dips in L.A. and countywide, but Garcetti warns 'a real challenge' still remains

After three years of precipitous increases, homelessness dipped slightly this year, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported Thursday, providing a hopeful sign that new money flowing into housing and services is having an effect. But in releasing results of the 2018 count, officials also warned that the number of people falling into homelessness for the first time increased, holding back the ...
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May 18

Kaiser Permanente to commit $200 million to help communities reduce homelessness

Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente plans to invest $200 million in community efforts across the country to reduce homelessness, joining a growing list of health systems that are moving to address the housing crisis afflicting many large cities. The commitment — which Kaiser is announcing Friday morning alongside a coalition of mayors and business leaders — marks one of the largest private-sector ...
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Apr 30

King Edward Hotel to Become Affordable Housing

The King Edward Hotel was purchased for $15.25 million including the King Eddy Bar and parking lot space. The King Edward joins the Madison Hotel on Seventh Street, which was purchased for $8 million, and the Sunset 8 Motel for $4.6 million. City and county leaders have spent ample time and resources responding to the worsening homelessness crisis, including persuading voters ...
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Apr 16

Los Angeles’s New Plan to House the Homeless

For California communities struggling with homelessness, the challenge has been to reconcile two demands: Moving encampments of people off sidewalks and into shelters, while dealing with neighborhood opposition that, to name one example, blocked Orange County’s attempt to build homeless camps. There are few places where the crisis is as severe as it is in Los Angeles, where 25,000 people are ...
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Apr 13

When will LA’s big homelessness strategy start paying off?

In March of last year, Los Angeles County voters approved Measure H, a big plan to address soaring rates of homelessness. The vote came four months after residents in the city of Los Angeles signed off on Measure HHH, a $1.2 billion initiative to build 10,000 units of housing for homeless residents over the next decade. Local officials pitched the bills ...
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Feb 28

Medical Learning Library

T-Helper Cell. (User:allinonemovie/Creative Commons/CC0 1.0)   The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic is a catastrophe to communities all over the world. Over 1 million people in the US are living with HIV, but 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. At the end of 2016, approximately 36.7 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. Pacific Medical Training ...
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Feb 19

L.A. County's homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures

Los Angeles County's homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region's homelessness agency. The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how ...
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