Oct 6

California homeless population grew by 22,000 over pandemic

The first statewide snapshot of California’s homelessness crisis since the pandemic hit reveals that the number of people without a stable place to call home increased by at least 22,500 over the past three years, to 173,800. That’s based on a CalMatters analysis of the federal government’s point-in-time count, a biennial headcount of people sleeping on the streets and in shelters tallied by ...
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Sep 15

HUD Awards Nearly $9 Million to Provide Rental Assistance to 218 Households with HIV/AIDS

  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [on September 15, 2022] awarded nearly $9 million to provide tenant-based rental assistance and supportive services to an estimated 218 households where one or more members are living with HIV/AIDS. The funds were awarded through HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program, the only Federal program dedicated to the housing ...
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Sep 8

Over 69,000 people are homeless in LA County, according to new LAHSA count

  LOS ANGELES — At least 69,144 people experience homelessness nightly in LA County, according to the 2022 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released Thursday. The number marks a 4.1% increase from the last count in 2020, when the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported that 66,436 experienced homelessness. What You Need To Know In the City of Los Angeles, LAHSA reported 41,980 people ...
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Aug 5

L.A. voters to decide whether hotels must rent vacant rooms to homeless people

  A controversial measure that would require hotels in Los Angeles to rent vacant rooms to homeless people will go before voters in 2024, the City Council decided Friday. The council rejected an option that would have skipped the public vote and enacted the ordinance directly, instead voting 12 to 0 to send the measure to the ballot. The initiative is backed ...
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Jul 28

Homeless people wait as Los Angeles lets thousands of federal housing vouchers go unused

Yolanda Robins’ dream was finally coming true. After three decades living on skid row, punctuated by brief stays in hotel rooms and shelters, she was approved in January to move into an apartment where she could begin to rebuild her life with help from a federal housing subsidy program. The Residences at Hotel Alexandria had a studio available immediately. The massive brick ...
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Jul 13

HOPWA Programs Need YOUR Help getting to $600 million - Contact Your Senators NOW

  National AIDS Housing Coalition (NAHC) is committed to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by ensuring that persons living with HIV/AIDS have quality, affordable, and appropriate housing by advocating for resources and equitable policies that guide this through our own efforts and supporting other Housing and HIV Advocate Organizations.  HOPWA Programs NEED YOUR HELP!   In the United States, an estimated 100,000 people with HIV/AIDS ...
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Jul 11

Cause of homelessness? It’s not drugs or mental illness, researchers say

    SAN DIEGO — Ask just about anyone for their thoughts on what causes homelessness, and you will likely hear drug addiction, mental illness, alcoholism and poverty. A pair of researchers, however, looked at those issues across the country and found they occur everywhere. What does vary greatly around the country, they found, was the availability of affordable housing. In their University of California Press ...
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Jun 20

U.S. Awards $115M Through Ryan White Funds to End HIV

  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded a total of $115 million to 60 recipients to help end the HIV epidemic through efforts to prevent transmission and to connect people living with HIV to care and treatment. The funding arrives through the federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, which provides services to low-income people living with and at risk ...
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Jun 9

Judge Signals Approval of City's Settlement of LA Homelessness Lawsuit

LOS ANGELES -- A federal judge today tentatively signed off on Los Angeles' proposed settlement with the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights in which the city will spend up to $3 billion over the next five years to develop as many as 16,000 beds or housing units for non-mentally ill members of the homeless population.   U.S. District Judge David Carter said ...
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May 24

News report showing L.A. homeless services workers throwing out boxes of food draws official’s ire

  A day after a news report captured Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority workers throwing away food meant for unhoused people, L.A. City Atty. Mike Feuer sent a letter to the agency demanding answers.   The report, aired by KCBS-TV Channel 2 on Monday, showed LAHSA workers throwing cases of food into a dumpster. The news station said it had followed homeless services ...
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