Jun 5

In Skid Row, a 19-story residential tower for homeless people will offer gym, cafe, art studio

  From the courtyard balcony on the 19th story of the new residential tower, Skid Row seems small and distant below. Its barely visible tents and shanties melt into vistas of the downtown skyline and San Gabriel Mountains to the north and the flat expanse of city south to the sea. Even the row of buildings on San Pedro Street that form ...
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May 13

As L.A. County sees an increase in homeless families, agencies are struggling to help

  On a Friday just before 9 a.m., men, women and children packed the lobby of the Family Solution Center in South Los Angeles. A mother with her two young boys said they had been sleeping in her car for months. She had arrived hoping to secure a spot in a shelter. Another, who sat with three of her children, ages ...
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Apr 5

HUD Awards $83 Million to Boost Local Affordable Housing and Community Development

HUD Awards $83 Million to Boost Local Affordable Housing and Community Development Funding will be used to create jobs and boost affordable housing units in rural and tribal communities. WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced today that it will award $83 million to three organizations for local affordable housing and community development activities that benefit people with ...
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Feb 19

Letters to the Editor: Landlords have attorneys, renters almost always don’t. That’s a recipe for injustice

To the editor: Economist George Zuo clearly does not understand the purpose of renters’ right to counsel, something that 17 cities, four states and one county across the nation already have codified. (“Renting in L.A. could go from bad to worse,” Opinion, Feb. 13) Zuo prefers instead for the money that would fund renters’ counsel to go directly into the pockets of ...
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Feb 14

A year ago, L.A. County declared homelessness a state of emergency. Is it working?

  Just over a year ago, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, following Mayor Karen Bass’ lead, declared a local emergency on homelessness in an effort to inject a sense of urgency into addressing the needs of the almost 76,000 unhoused people spread across America’s largest county.  On Tuesday, the supervisors heard from Cheri Todoroff, executive director of the L.A. County Homeless Initiative, ...
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Jan 30

Endorsement: Yes on Proposition 1, a modest step forward on mental health care

  Proposition 1 on the March 5 ballot won’t help the vast majority of the approximately 180,000 Californians living on the street, nor even most of the estimated one-third with serious psychiatric illnesses, substance use problems or both. It’s important to say that upfront, because the “Treatment not Tents” campaign urging a “yes” vote could leave voters with the impression that ...
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Jan 15

Editorial: Yes, it really will take billions of dollars a year to solve homelessness in California

  Gov. Gavin Newsom has said that addressing homelessness is his top priority. It should be. California has 30% of the country’s homeless population and 50% of those who sleep outside as opposed to in shelters or temporary housing. Certainly no California governor has responded to the humanitarian crisis the way Newsom has. He has invested in programs to prevent and reduce ...
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Jan 3

Newsom, firefighters back Prop. 1 to tackle homelessness, mental health crisis

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- This March, California voters will get to determine how money will be spent addressing the state's homeless and mental health crisis under Proposition 1. On Wednesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom and other local leaders came together to rally support for the ballot measure dubbed "Treatment not Tents." "The reforms in Prop. 1 will expand access to care for hundreds of ...
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Dec 22

LA County chooses developer to turn iconic General Hospital into housing, retail The 90-year-old landmark will keep its facade and offer affordable housing in a restorative village

  The vision of transforming the vacant yet iconic L.A. County General Hospital building in Boyle Heights into housing and healthcare facilities for working-class and homeless residents took a giant step toward reality Tuesday, with the county’s selection of a developer. Centennial Partners, consisting of Primestor and Bayspring Development, was chosen by the Board of Supervisors to build between 800 and 1,000 ...
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Dec 18

Editorial: Bass had a strong first year on homelessness. Year 2, L.A. needs more housing

  There is no problem more fraught and seemingly intractable in Los Angeles than homelessness. Karen Bass knew that when she came into office last December — a month before the annual count found that homeless numbers in the city had gone up 10% to 46,260. As mayor, Bass has made homelessness her unwavering primary focus, not just proclaiming it an urgent ...
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