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Mar 15

An unexpected side effect of the coronavirus? A new urgency about helping homeless people

  As public health officials scramble to manage the spread of the novel coronavirus, strategies are starting to be implemented across California and the rest of the country to protect the homeless population. On Sunday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that homeless people would be prioritized as a vulnerable population. Though he offered few details, he said there would be a massive attempt to move ...
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Mar 3

Shelter openings and groundbreakings mark progress in L.A.’s homelessness response

  At a town hall 16 months ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Councilman Mike Bonin endured a public flogging from residents who were incensed by a plan to build a homeless shelter across the street from some of the priciest real estate in Venice. The opposition continued, first with a scathing social media campaign and then with a lawsuit. But all that ...
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Feb 26

HHS Awards $117 Million to End the HIV Epidemic in the United States

    Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded approximately $117 million to expand access to HIV care, treatment, medication, and prevention services. This investment is a critical component of the Administration's Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) initiative, which aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections ...
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Feb 18

How would Democratic candidates fix the housing and homelessness crises?

  The surge in homelessness in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other West Coast cities has troubled many Americans as rents have risen further out of reach for those with the least. In California, where the party’s presidential primary takes place March 3, homelessness has become a top concern for many voters. Yet most of the Democrats running for president rarely mention the housing crisisthat has struck ...
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Jan 24

Federal aid for L.A. homelessness hasn’t materialized. If it does, don’t expect ‘the cavalry’

  WASHINGTON —  L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti met with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Friday, ending with encouraging words, but no deal to help the city’s massive homeless population. The lack of an announcement comes after months of negotiations and increasingly conciliatory language between the two political camps. Garcetti, who was in Washington to attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ annual meeting, had built up anticipation for ...
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Jan 14

HUD Awards Nearly $2.2 Billion to Local Homeless Programs

  On January 14, 2020, HUD announced $2.16 billion in grants to provide funding to 6,595 local homeless housing and service programs across the U.S. and its territories. These Continuum of Care (CoC) grants provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, states, and local governments to quickly rehouse individuals and families experiencing homelessness and provide support while minimizing the trauma and ...
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Jan 7

It took three years of blown deadlines, but L.A. opens its first homeless housing project

  For months, the wooden frame rising at 88th and Vermont stood as a constant reminder of the unfulfilled promise of Proposition HHH, the $1.2-billion bond for homeless housing that Los Angeles voters approved more than three years ago. Finally on Monday, there was a grand opening. The development is the first to open of about 20 projects under construction. Work will begin on ...
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Dec 17

How would Democratic debate candidates fix the housing and homelessness crises?

  The surge in homelessness in Los Angeles, San Francisco and other West Coast cities has troubled many Americans as rents have risen further out of reach for those with the least. Yet most of the Democrats running for president rarely mention the housing crisis that has struck hardest in regions with a high cost of living. Some candidates have released bold and costly plans to ...
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Dec 6

500 homeless families go to head of line for L.A. housing vouchers

  Five hundred families with school-age children will go to the head of the line for housing vouchers under a new program announced this week by Los Angeles city and school officials. The effort is no panacea — given estimates of more than 17,000 students with unstable housing — but could be life-changing for families that benefit. One of those could be ...
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Nov 27

California Housing Crisis Podcast: A possible homelessness ballot measure in 2020

  Californians might be asked to vote on another homelessness ballot measure next year under a new proposal being considered by Gov. Gavin Newsom’s top homelessness advisers. Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who co-chair the governor’s homelessness task force, are discussing a potential 2020 statewide ballot measure that would fund a plan to provide all Californians ...
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