May 4

Many homeless people resist group shelters even as L.A. mayoral candidates push to build more

  The Los Angeles mayoral primary has seen candidates throwing big numbers around concerning how much shelter they’d like to see built for homeless people.   Rick Caruso wants 30,000 new beds in his first year in office, Rep. Karen Bass says 15,000 new beds in hers and Councilman Joe Buscaino wants 9,000 new beds within 36 months, to name a few of ...
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May 4

L.A. County Board of Supervisors votes to create super agency on homelessness

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to create a new office or department that would coordinate the county’s response to the homelessness crisis in the region. The new entity would have authority over various agencies — including the county’s departments of health services, social services and mental health — and would report directly to the Board of Supervisors. In ...
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Apr 13

Formerly homeless people want a larger voice in decisions, more respect, report finds

They were all once homeless. Now they work within the system as advocates, case managers and advisors. And they say that their experience is too often taken for granted. “People with lived experience are not recognized at the top, executive level,” one said. “We get brought in because people want to just hear our stories. But when it comes to implementation, decisions ...
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Apr 1

L.A. will shelter more homeless people to end major lawsuit. But how many?

Los Angeles has agreed to build potentially thousands of new beds and housing units under the terms of a legal settlement announced Friday, apparently bringing to an end a key portion of a contentious, long-running federal lawsuit over homeless housing and enforcement on skid row and across the city.   The proposed agreement between the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights and the ...
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Mar 14


HUD ANNOUNCES $2.6 BILLION IN AWARDS TO HELP PEOPLE EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESSThe awards include approximately 7,000 renewed and new grants that will promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced over $2.6 billion in FY 2021 Continuum of Care (CoC) Competition Awards for roughly 7,000 local ...
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Mar 8

Editorial: The only way out of homelessness is permanent housing. That’s why we need the HHH program

  As homelessness in Los Angeles has increased and become more visible, Proposition HHH, the $1.2-billion homeless housing bond program, has become a convenient scapegoat for the city’s inability to get unhoused people off the streets.   Proposition HHH was passed overwhelmingly by Los Angeles voters in November 2016 to help finance the construction or acquisition of 10,000 units of housing for the ...
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Feb 23

Pandemic adds urgency to count of L.A. County’s homeless population

  On a map of Los Angeles County, census tract 124300 is shaped like a trapezoid. It’s the part of North Hollywood where Emma Taylor and two others spent Tuesday night conducting a count of people living on the streets.   The trio was among the thousands of volunteers who took part in the first day of the homeless count in the San ...
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Jan 19

Column: Dear Karen Bass and others, L.A. needs a real homeless plan we haven’t heard before

  OK, here we go.   In the city of sprawling encampments, broken promises and simmering frustration, the mayoral derby is under way. Eric Garcetti, after 20 years in power as a councilman and mayor, will soon be leaving City Hall here in the homeless capital of the United States.   Out of the gates and in the front of the pack are Rep. Karen ...
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Jan 15

If elected mayor, Rep. Karen Bass wants to house 15,000 homeless people in first year

Rep. Karen Bass is making addressing homelessness the centerpiece of her campaign to be mayor of Los Angeles.   Bass unveiled a plan Friday calling for 15,000 people to be housed in her first year in office — though she didn’t specify exactly what proportion of those people would go into permanent housing, as opposed to interim housing such as bunk-style shelters, ...
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Jan 3

Editorial: The VA vowed to house more than 500 homeless veterans by the holidays. How did it do?

  After Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough toured the homeless encampment of about 40 people, mostly veterans, who lived on the sidewalk outside the gated grounds of the West L.A. VA campus in October, he went back to Washington and vowed to house not just them but 500 other homeless veterans as well.   “Every once in a while you run across these ...
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