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Oct 18

Fears mount over a homeless plan that residents say will 'end Venice as we know it'

John Moore, a shaggy-haired, full-bearded surfer, Venice resident and launcher of “ethically minded” brands and fashion lines, said he loves the history, diversity and creativity of his neighborhood. His family‘s lifestyle  — crafting, tandem skateboarding and eating on pillows in the backyard — has been celebrated as “haute bohemian” in online video and photo spreads. But Moore, 42, who came up with the name for Abercrombie & ...
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Oct 10

Homeless shouldn't face job discrimination just because they lack an address

Jeff Johnson served in the military for six years and then moved to Washington, D.C., where he found work in the construction industry. After suffering serious injuries in a robbery, however, he lost his job and became homeless. Johnson applied for many entry-level positions without success, and he now suspects why: There was a telltale black mark on his paperwork. “If employers ...
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Oct 6

Proposition HHH could finally make a dent in homelessness in L.A. Vote yes.

There are nearly 47,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, 28,000 of them residing in the city of Los Angeles. They bed down in tents and sleeping bags under bridges and in doorways; they sprawl out in Metro train cars and stations. If they are lucky enough to have vehicles, they sleep in cars and campers parked on the street. ...
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Sep 16

L.A. expands homeless outreach program

A program intended to connect homeless Angelenos with housing and social services will expand into South Los Angeles next month, Mayor Eric Garcetti said Friday. The Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement initiative launched in the San Fernando Valley in May. The program connects L.A. Police Department officers with the city’s Sanitation Department, the mayor’s office, the city attorney’s office and Los ...
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Sep 12

L.A. officials launch campaign for homeless housing bond measure

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Council members on Monday kicked off a campaign for an unprecedented $1.2-billion bond measure on the city’s Nov. 8 ballot that would develop homeless and affordable housing. “We stand at the precipice of what I think will be the beginning of the end of homelessness as we know it in the city of Los Angeles,” Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson, ...
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Sep 6

L.A. County supervisors support city bond measure for homeless housing construction

Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to throw their support behind a city bond measure that would raise $1.2 billion to build new housing for the homeless. City and county officials passed a pair of plans early this year to address the growing problem of homelessness, but have both been casting about for ways to fund more housing and services in the long ...
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Aug 30

Time To Fund 'Permanent Housing' for Homeless

To the editor: Permanent housing with services is a proven, cost-effective approach to moving people from homelessness to stability, and opposing Proposition H will only let this crisis continue to worsen. (“The wrong way to fix homelessness in L.A.,” Opinion, Aug. 24) The nonprofit affordable housing community already builds 300 such apartments each year; with Proposition H, we can triple that to ...
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Aug 23

L.A. City Council asks Gov. Brown to declare homelessness a Statewide Emergency

In the latest effort to shake more money out of the state for the local fight against homelessness, the Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to press Gov. Jerry Brown to declare homelessness a statewide emergency. In response, the governor’s office said an emergency declaration was “not appropriate,” adding that local officials are in the best position to tailor homelessness solutions to ...
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Aug 5

LA Renters Fed Up Over Evictions as Rents and Complaints Rise

Los Angeles renters are filing more complaints over alleged evictions from rent-controlled properties, city statistics show. The spike comes amid growing concern by housing advocates over the loss of affordable housing for middle-income and lower-income residents across the city. It also comes as City Hall leaders acknowledge renters need more information about their legal rights.The city’s Housing and Community Investment ...
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Jul 14

L.A. has 46,874 people who are homeless. If we're not smart, we'll have 250,000 more

Tents in the Arroyo, sleeping bags on the beach, RVs parked on our boulevards. Heartbreaking visual manifestations of Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis are everywhere. The recent homeless count found that 46,874 people in Los Angeles County experience homelessness every night.As shocking as that number is, imagine for a moment that lined up behind each of those unsheltered human beings are ...
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