Jan 9

L.A. needs a homelessness czar

When the next major earthquake strikes, we’ll have the leadership we need. A top official from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will aggressively oversee the federal response to the crisis, coordinating closely with local leaders. Why aren’t we addressing our homelessness crisis with the same degree of urgency?Granted, pervasive homelessness is a complex and deeply nuanced problem, one that is often ...
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Dec 13

APLA Health and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas Cut Ribbon on New Community Health Center

  Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and APLA Health cut the ribbon on Los Angeles County’s newest community health center. APLA Health – Olympic Health Center will offer people living and working in West Hollywood, Hollywood, Miracle Mile and Central Los Angeles access to quality primary medical and mental healthcare; HIV specialty care and support services, as well as HIV and STD screening ...
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Nov 17

California mayors call for more state leadership on homelessness crisis

With California gripped by a homelessness crisis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and mayors of three of the state’s other largest cities called Friday for a statewide effort to remove obstacles to affordable housing and give cities more help in getting people off the streets. The issue was the focus of a panel discussion in Sacramento that also included San Diego ...
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Oct 30

L.A. County declares a shelter crisis, providing flexibility in how it provides beds and assistance

County leaders on Tuesday declared a shelter crisis, giving the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority more flexibility in how it may spend $81 million in newly available state money for the homeless and the ability to bypass some regulations in order to provide emergency housing. The declaration, both symbolic and practical, applies to unincorporated parts of the county and to county-owned ...
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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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