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Dec 11

Weingart Center plans first high-rise homeless housing for L.A.'s skid row

For decades, the Weingart Center has been a fixture on Los Angeles’ skid row, one among the many places of refuge where homeless men and women come for shelter, food and support. Now the social services agency is expanding its mission into permanent housing and plans to do it with a flourish by reshaping the skyline of L.A.’s most depressed neighborhood. Weingart ...
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Dec 4

Study finds L.A. County saves money by housing sick homeless people

Los Angeles County’s marquee program to provide housing for very sick homeless people saved taxpayers thousands of dollars by reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits, a three-year Rand Corp. study released Monday found. Considered a national model, Housing for Health uses county and federal money to subsidize rents and intensive case management for acutely ill homeless people. Rand, a Santa-Monica-based research group, ...
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Nov 30

NIH and partners launch HIV vaccine efficacy study

The National Institutes of Health and partners have launched a large clinical trial to assess whether an experimental HIV vaccine regimen is safe and able to prevent HIV infection. The new Phase 2b proof-of-concept study, called Imbokodo, aims to enroll 2,600 HIV-negative women in sub-Saharan Africa. Of 1.8 million new HIV infections worldwide in 2016, 43 percent occurred in eastern ...
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Nov 28

About 15% of Americans with HIV don't know they're infected, CDC report says

Half of the Americans recently diagnosed with HIV had been living with the virus for at least three years without realizing it, missing out on opportunities for early treatment and in some cases spreading it to others, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s more, of the 39,720 Americans newly diagnosed with HIV in ...
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Nov 7

Pilot program in Glendale will help train, place homeless candidates into workforce

A new pilot program in Glendale is designed to provide adults experiencing homelessness with training, mentorship and job placement to create a path toward long-term employment. The Los Angeles County Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Service Department granted $100,000 in Measure H funds for Glendale’s Regional Immediate Intervention Service to Employment program, or RIISE.The program, developed by the Glendale Community Services ...
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Nov 1

L.A. considers hiring homeless people to clean up litter on the streets

Los Angeles is considering employing homeless people to clean litter and trash from streets, sidewalks and alleys. According to the City Council motion that would create a pilot program, the city receives an average of 200 requests per day through its 311 mobile app and website regarding dumping, debris and other trash-related nuisances, and trash also is consistently one of the ...
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Oct 17

HRSA awards $2.36 billion in grants to help Americans access HIV/AIDS care and medications

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced today approximately $2.36 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2017. This funding supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication, and essential support services to more than half a million people living with HIV in the ...
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Oct 3

Sylmar armory to be converted to year-round housing for homeless women

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to convert an armory in Sylmar, long used as an emergency winter shelter, into a year-round facility for homeless women. The repurposed armory, which could open as soon as December, will provide “bridge housing,” consisting of shelter and support services to help transition women into permanent housing. Its creation comes amid a shortage of ...
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Oct 1

Up to 600,000 expected to apply when L.A. reopens Section 8 housing list this month after 13 years

Lately, home for Tamara Meeks has been the screened-in back porch of a tiny house behind an apartment building near 66th Street and Compton Avenue. At night she slips into the kitchen to sleep on a mover’s blanket while her two dogs sleep under a car seat on the porch. Her arrangement, with the parents of a friend’s friend, is the ...
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Sep 28

L.A. controller says city should open emergency homeless campgrounds and shelters

The Los Angeles city controller recommended Wednesday using city land for emergency campgrounds and shelters to curtail the ragged shantytowns that have plagued neighborhoods from Boyle Heights to Wilmington in the current homelessness crisis. In a 37-page report, City Controller Ron Galperin also recommended tougher policing, streamlined cleanup protocols, showers and bathrooms for homeless people and expanded storage, including mobile bins, for their belongings. He ...
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