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Dec 15

Homelessness is Day 1 focus for new L.A. council members Raman, Ridley-Thomas

  Los Angeles’ newest City Council members, Nithya Raman and Mark Ridley-Thomas, put forward proposals aimed at addressing homelessness at their first council meeting Tuesday, signaling the crisis will be a priority for both politicians.   Raman, who represents a district stretching from Silver Lake to Sherman Oaks, introduced a motion that asks the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the city to ...
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Nov 27

Who has it harder than homeless people when the pandemic closes indoor spaces?

  I have a roof over my head. I have heat. I have electricity. I have more than one bathroom to choose from. I have a kitchen full of food.   This past week, I set out to check up on people living on the streets of my Hollywood neighborhood because I couldn’t stop thinking about the extent of that privilege.   I couldn’t stop ...
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Nov 20

Garcetti’s signature homeless program shelters thousands, but most return to the streets

  In the spring of 2018, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti put his personal stamp on the city’s response to homelessness by announcing a departure from its primary focus of building permanent housing. Garcetti proposed to open a homeless shelter in each of L.A.'s 15 council districts.   Garcetti has largely made good on that goal, defying the skepticism that greeted his plan, ...
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Nov 10

In ‘a panic situation,’ L.A. may turn the convention center into a homeless shelter

  Several members of the Los Angeles City Council have asked the city to study the feasibility of using the Los Angeles Convention Center, which has gone dark during the COVID-19 pandemic, to shelter homeless people.   This move is a reflection of the increasingly desperate situation thousands of homeless people face living on the streets. As coronavirus cases rise again in Los ...
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Oct 15

Kevin de León takes L.A. City Council seat, vows to tackle ‘dystopian’ homelessness crisis

  Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León took office two months early on Thursday, telling supporters in a prerecorded swearing-in video that the city’s homelessness crisis has devolved into a “dystopian nightmare.”   De León, 53, was elected in March to represent the city’s 14th Council District, which has been represented for nearly 15 years by Jose Huizar, now facing racketeering, bribery ...
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Oct 1

HHS Awards $2.24 Billion in Grants to Help Americans Access HIV/AIDS Care, Support Services, and Medication

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), today announced approximately $2.24 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants were awarded to cities, counties, states, and local community-based organizations in fiscal year (FY) 2020. This funding supports a comprehensive system of HIV primary medical care, medication and essential support services vital ...
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Sep 22

Program to house homeless people in hotels is ending after falling short of goal

  One hotel emptied its rooms in late August. Another did so last week. A third is winding down this week.   It’s the beginning of the end for L.A. County’s Project Roomkey, the $100 million-plus program to repurpose hotels and motels emptied by the coronavirus as safe havens for homeless people.   After peaking at just over 4,300 guests — about 30% of its ambitious goal ...
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Sep 16

Why didn’t these L.A. hotels house homeless people? A new report offers some answers

  When Los Angeles city and county officials reached out to local hotels, hoping to lease rooms through a new program meant to help homeless people survive the COVID-19 pandemic, they ran into a host of concerns.   One downtown hotel was worried about how participating in the program, Project Roomkey, would affect its brand, according to a report issued this week by a city ...
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Sep 9

L.A. hitches conditions to funding rent assistance for homeless people

  The Los Angeles City Council decided Wednesday to allocate tens of millions of dollars in federal grant money for “rapid rehousing” — a program that includes rent assistance for homeless people — but will hold off on handing over much of the money until the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority shows progress in housing people with the funds.   Council President Nury ...
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Aug 17

How would Trump or Biden approach housing and homelessness?

  Even before the coronavirus crisis hit, cities across the nation were confronting a historic surge in homelessness as hundreds of thousands of Americans found themselves unable to afford rising rents.   Now, some of the millions who lost their jobs as businesses shut down to slow the contagion are in danger of eviction or foreclosure. Regardless of whether Congress and President Trump agree on a ...
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