Jun 27

California leaders strike deal to give cities and counties hundreds of millions to fight homelessness

  As California contends with dramatic increases in its homeless population, state lawmakers could vote as early as Monday on a plan to send hundreds of millions of dollars to local governments to help address the problem alongside a series of proposals to cajole cities and counties to allow more housing development. The deal, which Gov. Gavin Newsom and legislative leaders agreed ...
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Jun 10

16,000 people in L.A. now live in cars, vans and RVs. But safe parking remains elusive

  Two years ago, Los Angeles began testing an alternative to homeless shelters called safe parking, giving people living in their cars a secure spot to sleep at night. The first site was quickly deemed a success, so the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority agreed to fund nine more lots in the pilot program, with promises to expand. Earlier this year, before the ...
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Jun 3

Brace for a Spike in Homelessness

  DTLA—The annual Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority tally of people living without shelter is scheduled to be released this week. Members of the public should brace themselves: A year after the county recorded 53,195 homeless individuals, and despite the hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent to address homelessness, the crisis may well be getting worse. Potentially, a lot ...
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May 6

Homelessness isn’t huge in this part of L.A. — but it’s a huge campaign issue

    In Los Angeles, the San Fernando Valley neighborhoods of Chatsworth, Porter Ranch and Granada Hills are about as far as you can get from skid row. Fewer people live without shelter in this suburban stretch of the city than in any other L.A. City Council district, according to the last available data from the homeless count. Yet homelessness has been a simmering ...
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Apr 22

Homelessness should be addressed alongside substance use

Homelessness in the U.S. has been a significant problem for decades and communities have struggled to find solutions. Co-occurring disorders and homelessness have become an epidemic in society. There has been an increase of deaths from overdoses in Maryland over the years. There has also been lack of housing for individuals who suffer from addiction. An article you posted in January ...
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Apr 19

End Section 8 housing discrimination

    For the homeless and those teetering on the edge of homelessness, housing vouchers are supposed to be a ticket into safe, stable housing. Federal Section 8 vouchers and other forms of rental assistance use public dollars to make up the difference between what a person can afford to pay and the rent they’re being charged. But at a time when cities ...
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Apr 18

Garcetti’s budget would spend more money on street repairs and homelessness

  Anticipating a rise in business and property tax revenue, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is looking to spend more money on homelessness, street repairs and police overtime next fiscal year. Garcetti on Thursday unveiled his $10.6-billion proposed budget for the city, a spending plan that relies on increased cannabis sales in Los Angeles and state money to help the city’s homeless ...
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Mar 4

Homelessness in L.A.: A national disgrace that must be fixed

  Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, March 3, 2018. Los Angeles is in the midst of only its third significant rain event since February 2017 — but it’s nothing compared with what’s howling through the Northeast right now. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion. Over the last week, The Times editorial board published a six-part series on ...
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Feb 24

High rents create a new class of hidden homeless in Los Angeles

  Kevin Recinos works full-time helping the homeless in Los Angeles as a Life Skills Coordinator, but when his rent increased by $200 per month, he himself became homeless. Now, he's one of the estimated 9,000 newly homeless in Los Angeles living out of their car. As he demonstrated how he gets his car ready for the night, Recinos lamented, "I realize this is ...
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Feb 1

Federal grants for homeless services are flowing again after government shutdown

    Acting quickly after the reopening of the federal government last month, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has renewed grants totaling nearly $172 million for the five-county Los Angeles area. The funding will go primarily to agencies that provide direct homeless services, including outreach, case management and shelters. Separately, HUD has resumed funding for thousands of federal rental subsidies, ...
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