Apr 16

Los Angeles’s New Plan to House the Homeless

For California communities struggling with homelessness, the challenge has been to reconcile two demands: Moving encampments of people off sidewalks and into shelters, while dealing with neighborhood opposition that, to name one example, blocked Orange County’s attempt to build homeless camps. There are few places where the crisis is as severe as it is in Los Angeles, where 25,000 people are ...
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Apr 13

When will LA’s big homelessness strategy start paying off?

In March of last year, Los Angeles County voters approved Measure H, a big plan to address soaring rates of homelessness. The vote came four months after residents in the city of Los Angeles signed off on Measure HHH, a $1.2 billion initiative to build 10,000 units of housing for homeless residents over the next decade. Local officials pitched the bills ...
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Feb 28

Medical Learning Library

T-Helper Cell. (User:allinonemovie/Creative Commons/CC0 1.0)   The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) / acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) pandemic is a catastrophe to communities all over the world. Over 1 million people in the US are living with HIV, but 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. At the end of 2016, approximately 36.7 million people worldwide were living with HIV/AIDS. Pacific Medical Training ...
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Feb 19

L.A. County's homeless problem is worsening despite billions from tax measures

Los Angeles County's homeless population is increasing faster than the supply of new housing, even with the addition of thousands of beds in the last two years and millions of dollars beginning to flow in from two ballot measures targeting the crisis, according to a long-awaited report by the region's homelessness agency. The report showed that officials two years ago far underestimated how ...
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Feb 13

L.A. lawmakers tentatively back proposals to ease the way for housing homeless people

Los Angeles lawmakers tentatively backed a pair of proposed ordinances Tuesday that are meant to get homeless people into housing more quickly. A City Council committee decided to move forward with the two proposals, which would make it easier to build permanent supportive housing and to temporarily turn motels into housing for homeless people. City lawyers will now vet both proposals and bring ...
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Jan 21

South L.A. center provides one-stop assistance for people facing homelessness

 Lashea Singleton and her 14-year-old daughter, Monica, suddenly found themselves homeless in August. Singleton, 37, had been living at her sister's apartment but said she moved out after they had an argument. Through word of mouth, she found herself at a facility in South Los Angeles that provides services to homeless families or those on the verge of homelessness. The center, which opened ...
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Jan 16

Temporary trailers for homeless people planned on downtown city lot

Los Angeles city leaders are planning to house dozens of homeless people in trailers on a city-owned downtown lot as a possible model for citywide temporary shelters. A proposal that will be submitted to the City Council on Tuesday calls for installing five trailers on a parking lot at Arcadia and Alameda streets by the beginning of summer. The trailers would house ...
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Jan 16

LA Awarded More Than $109 Million For HUD Continuum Of Care Programs

Los Angeles, CA (January 12, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has allocated $109,398,295 to the Los Angeles Continuum of Care (LA CoC) for 2017 - an increase of nearly $5 million from last year. The HUD Homeless Assistance Grant Awards include $13.5 million for 11 new permanent supportive housing projects (PSH) providing 828 new permanent ...
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Dec 25

The cowardly way L.A. perceives its homeless only makes it harder to get them help

A message posted recently to my neighborhood’s website caught my attention. It described a homeless woman passed out on the sidewalk in the middle of the day with an open liquor bottle, her shopping cart in the street. The writer called “non-emergency” services to report the situation because it felt “unsafe.” What was it about this pathetic scene that seemed “unsafe?” ...
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Dec 19

L.A.'s twin disasters — rising homelessness and spiraling rents — have the same DNA

Sofiya Turin, a teacher, lives in a bucolic part of the Hollywood flatlands, where nice apartments and small houses grace tree-shaded streets near a city park. But something is wrong with the picture.Poinsettia Park has ball fields and tennis courts, children’s play equipment and a gymnasium. And scores of homeless people. They live in tents, sleep on bleachers and grass, and mill ...
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