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Oct 17

Thousands of SRO hotel units in L.A. await conversion into housing for homeless people

The Times Editorial Board rightly chides Los Angeles city leaders for their anemic and bureaucratic approach to addressing the homelessness crisis with real-time housing solutions. However, you omit a practical, low-cost alternative: single-room occupancy, or SRO, hotels. By some estimates, there are as many as 5,000 un- or under-occupied hotel rooms in SRO hotels in Los Angeles that could be re-purposed ...
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Oct 8

Innovative ideas to house homeless people faster and at a lower cost

  By City Hall standards, the proposal was audacious. A developer asked to borrow $64 million from Los Angeles and promised to match it with $16 million raised privately from people who want to invest in good works. The money would build 60 projects, providing housing for 1,980 homeless people, then be repaid in full three years later with 3% interest. For members ...
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Oct 3

HUD Awards $23 Million to Renew Support to 22 Local HIV-AIDS Housing Programs

  Cross-posted from HUD Press Room   WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on August 29 announced $23 million to assist more than 1,700 low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families annually over a three-year period. The funding announced today is offered through HUD's Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA)  and will renew HUD's support of ...
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Aug 17

7,400 LA Homeless Now In Permanent Housing Through Measure H, Officials Say

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – More than 7,400 homeless people in Los Angeles County have attained permanent housing thanks to Measure H, according to a report released Friday. About 7,448 people are in permanent housing since Measure H began in July 2017, according to numbers from the L.A. County Homeless Initiative. Of those, 2,200 got into permanent housing in the past three ...
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Aug 14

L.A. looks at former museum and factory sites for downtown homeless shelters

“Skid row is the result of years of neglect and legal decisions,” said City Councilman Jose Huizar. “We have to be creative.” Mayor Eric Garcetti has called for a new homeless shelter in every council district by the end of the year to accommodate 23,000 residents who live outdoors. Officials are considering more than two dozen potential sites for new shelters ...
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Aug 1

New LA County website streamlines requesting help for the homeless

As homelessness has spread throughout Los Angeles County, online communities have sprouted up on Facebook, Nextdoor and other websites in which people express alarm and dismay, as well as frustration over not seeing more improvement. Sandy Capps, a Sunland-Tujunga resident who does outreach with several homeless individuals in her neighborhood, said a common response to homelessness is to “complain that there’s ...
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Jul 26

Lawsuit demands L.A. eliminate 'pocket veto' on homeless housing

In Los Angeles, local lawmakers can quietly block affordable and homeless housing in their districts by withholding a required letter. Now, a community group is going to court to demand the city eliminate that “pocket veto.” The lawsuit, filed Thursday by the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, denounces the requirement as “an illegal, unnecessary, arbitrary, and discriminatory barrier to the construction ...
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Jul 24

Pasadena Explores Idea of Converting Hotel, Motel Properties into Affordable Housing Sites

Pasadena is checking out the idea of converting hotels and motels into affordable housing for low-income residents. The City’s Department of Planning and Community Development will present the concept and research about how it might work to the Planning Commission on Wednesday evening. Besides benefiting low-income renters, allowing the conversion of older hotels and motels into refurbished affordable housing could offer an ...
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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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