Aug 1

California has the most homeless people of any state. But L.A. is still a national model

WASHINGTON —  With tens of thousands of homeless people living on the streets, Los Angeles officials have increasingly found themselves as the subject of criticism for what many Angelenos see as a failure to keep up with a problem that seems to be getting worse. But across the country, L.A. isn’t considered to be a failure. To the contrary, at last week’s National Conference ...
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Jul 18

Lawsuit seeks to stop L.A. from seizing and discarding homeless people’s belongings

  In the latest salvo in Los Angeles’ long-running battle over encampment sweeps, seven homeless people filed suit Thursday asking a federal judge to stop the city from destroying property seized from tents and lean-tos on city sidewalks. The federal civil rights lawsuit seeks to strike down a city ordinance that allows sanitation crews to throw out so-called “bulky items” found in ...
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Jul 15

Novel HIV Vaccine Approach Awarded $129M

  Investigators led by Scripps Research will study vaccines that coax the immune system into creating antibodies that protect against HIV.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded $129 million to the Scripps Consortium for HIV/AIDS Vaccine Development (CHAVD), an international collaboration spearheaded by Scripps Research. Specifically, the funding will go toward the development of vaccines that induce the immune system to ...
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Jul 14

LA push to develop Skid Row prompts new clashes in California's homeless crisis

  City officials, developers and restaurateurs in Los Angeles are touting the renaissance of the city’s once-blighted downtown thanks to an explosion of trendy eateries, chic hotels and luxury apartments that have attracted thousands of new – and generally financially well-off – residents to the neighborhood in recent years. But just a few blocks south of the area where a set-course sushi meal costs ...
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Jul 3

New homeless shelter in San Pedro will offer ‘low-barrier’ entry, services

  Despite more than a year of planning amid strong community opposition, many residents remain unclear about how the city’s new A Bridge Home shelters will be any different from others that have gone before them. The Bridge Home program, launched by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, is designed to provide what is known as “low-barrier” shelters that accept people as they are. The ...
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Jul 2

Massive Infusion of $1B Goes to Tackling Homelessness in California, Los Angeles

  Sacramento, CA – The California State Legislature and Governor Newsom agreed this year to spend $1B to address the state’s burgeoning humanitarian crisis: homelessness. $650 million of that spending will fund the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention Program, formerly known as HEAP, as an addition to the $500 million allocated in last year’s budget. The Chair of the Select Committee on Los Angeles ...
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Jun 27

California leaders strike deal to give cities and counties hundreds of millions to fight homelessness

  As California contends with dramatic increases in its homeless population, state lawmakers could vote as early as Monday on a plan to send hundreds of millions of dollars to local governments to help address the problem alongside a series of proposals to cajole cities and counties to allow more housing development. The deal, which Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders agreed ...
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Jun 10

16,000 people in L.A. now live in cars, vans and RVs. But safe parking remains elusive

  Two years ago, Los Angeles began testing an alternative to homeless shelters called safe parking, giving people living in their cars a secure spot to sleep at night. The first site was quickly deemed a success, so the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority agreed to fund nine more lots in the pilot program, with promises to expand. Earlier this year, before the ...
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Jun 3

Brace for a Spike in Homelessness

  DTLA—The annual Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority tally of people living without shelter is scheduled to be released this week. Members of the public should brace themselves: A year after the county recorded 53,195 homeless individuals, and despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent to address homelessness, the crisis may well be getting worse. Potentially, a lot ...
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May 6

Homelessness isn’t huge in this part of L.A. — but it’s a huge campaign issue

    In Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Chatsworth, Porter Ranch and Granada Hills are about as far as you can get from skid row. Fewer people live without shelter in this suburban stretch of the city than in any other L.A. City Council district, according to the last available data from the homeless count. Yet homelessness has been a simmering ...
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