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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Dec 26

Editorial: Los Angeles housed hundreds of homeless people. Now we need to keep them there

Hundreds of homeless people in large encampments in L.A. city parks moved into temporary and permanent housing this year as part of high-profile and sometimes controversial efforts to clear those parks. That was a remarkable accomplishment for the service providers and outreach workers who made it happen. Now comes the part that is just as difficult — keeping people housed.   In ...
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Dec 13

Pasadena Humane

Pasadena Humane is a donor-supported, non-profit organization that provides animal care and services for homeless and owned animals in the Greater Los Angeles Area. For nearly 120 years, we’ve promoted compassion and care for all animals through life-saving programs and services to the community that support the human-animal bond and keep pets healthy and safe.   CONTACT   Address: 361 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena, ...
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Dec 1

HUD Awards $41 Million in HOPWA Grants to Provide Housing to Low-Income Persons Living with HIV and Their Families

December 1, 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of HIV/AIDS Housing today announced it will award $41 million in Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) competitive grants to 20 local governments and non-profit organizations through the HOPWA: Housing as an Intervention to Fight AIDS funding opportunity. “The importance of affordable housing and access to inclusive, ...
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Nov 27

Column: Ban homeless encampments everywhere? It might have more support than liberals think

Scott Culbertson is conflicted. Not to mention frustrated. And sad. And disappointed. And, frankly, just fed up.   Angelenos, I suspect many of you can relate.   For almost two years, the executive director of the Friends of Ballona Wetlands has watched with dismay as an encampment of broken down RVs and buses has become a permanent fixture along Jefferson Boulevard, just west of ...
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Nov 11

Feds extend funding through spring to help L.A. house homeless people in hotels

Throughout the pandemic, the city and county of Los Angeles have rented thousands of hotel rooms for homeless people at risk of contracting the coronavirus.   This massive effort was partially made possible by the federal government’s willingness to reimburse local governments for each dollar they spent renting the rooms and repurposing hotels into temporary housing.   The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s reimbursement of ...
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Nov 1

L.A. county clears homeless encampment outside VA campus; vets offered shelter inside

A bulldozer roared outside GemBob Brookhyser’s tent Monday morning as he yanked on an extension cord caught in a tangle of his belongings. Half a dozen veterans in the Veterans Row homeless encampment along San Vicente Boulevard scrambled to get their possessions into bins and onto moving vans driven by volunteers.   Tensions were high on moving day at the encampment, which ...
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Oct 18

‘Gimme Shelter’: California’s new housing police

Every eight years, cities across California have to plan for housing so that there’s enough room for people to live here. And we’re in the thick of that process right now. Even at a time when growth is slowing, the state’s hot economy and overcrowded living situations are pushing communities to have to set aside a lot of land for ...
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Sep 28

A new, ‘first-class’ high-rise will house homeless people on L.A.’s skid row

  Construction kicked off Tuesday on a 19-story homeless housing project designed to reshape a corner of skid row in the image of more well-to-do environs.   The 278-unit Weingart Tower will replace a parking lot at 555 S. Crocker St., around the corner from the Weingart Center, the project’s developer in collaboration with affordable housing developer Chelsea Investment Corp. The building is ...
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Sep 20

Business leader Jessica Lall joins L.A. mayor’s race, vowing to take on homelessness

  The head of a downtown-based business group entered the race for Los Angeles mayor on Monday, making the fight against homelessness the central message of her campaign.   Jessica Lall, president and chief executive of the Central City Assn., promised to build more housing for those experiencing mental health crises, change zoning rules to allow for the construction of more affordable housing ...
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