May 4

In Latest Coronavirus Update, Garcetti Talks About Efforts To House Homeless People, Get Meals To Seniors

  At today's coronavirus briefing (watch live above), Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti started by discussing how statewide reopening plans would impact the city. Earlier today, California governor Gavin Newsom said the state will start moving into Phase 2 of the coronavirus fight this Friday. Reopenings may happen regionally. Businesses in sparsely populated areas might reopen sooner than ones in densely populated urban areas.   "Our ...
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Apr 26

Venice Beach Boardwalk Hotel Housing Homeless

  A hotel on the Venice Beach Boardwalk has begun housing homeless individuals who are at high risk of serious illness from COVID-19.   Project Roomkey, a collaborative effort by the State, County and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), secures hotel and motel rooms for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness.   “It provides a way for people who don’t have a home to stay ...
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Apr 23

‘We aren’t the dumping ground’: Homeless people fleeing coronavirus meet NIMBY resistance

  When officials in the South Bay city of Lawndale learned that a hotel on its main drag had been leased to Los Angeles County to house homeless people at high risk for the coronavirus, their reaction wasn’t to put out a welcome mat.   Rather, in an April 14 letter to the hotel’s owner, the city attorney said that if he did ...
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Apr 15

HHS Awards $90 Million to Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipients for COVID-19 Response

  Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), awarded $90 million for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients across the country to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). This funding is provided by the fiscal year 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which President ...
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Apr 14

L.A. County rent assistance program could provide tenants up to $1,000 per month

  The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved the creation of an emergency rent assistance program for residents who are struggling amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.   Once created, the program could provide up to $1,000 per month for three months to renters who lost income during the pandemic, according to a news release from Supervisor Janice Hahn’s office.   Though ...
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Apr 9

Affordable housing can cost $1 million per apartment in California. Coronavirus could make it worse

  SOLANA BEACH, Calif. —  When developer Ginger Hitzke first proposed an affordable housing complex on a parking lot in Solana Beach, she envisioned building 18 new homes for low-income families and adults at a cost of $414,000 per apartment. More than a decade later, her project has shrunk in size by nearly half and become more than twice as expensive.   At $1.1 million per ...
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Apr 8

Editorial: What every homeless person needs in this pandemic: a room of their own

  During the current COVID-19 pandemic, you can’t follow the order to stay at home if you have no home. Few communities are more imperiled by the coronavirus than the estimated 59,000 homeless individuals who bed down on sidewalks, in tents or in their vehicles in Los Angeles County.   As of Tuesday, 10 homeless people in the county tested positive for the ...
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Apr 6

HIV, Ebola, SARS and now COVID-19: Why some scientists fear deadly outbreaks are on the rise

  The social upheaval and death caused by the new coronavirus has awoken many to what some infectious-disease experts have been warning about for more than a decade: Outbreaks of dangerous new diseases with the potential to become pandemics have been on the rise — from HIV to swine flu to SARS to Ebola.   Many experts now believe that this surge in ...
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Apr 6

Once $400 a night, this Westside L.A. hotel is now for homeless people fleeing coronavirus

  They trickled in by taxi, chauffeured by van, on bicycle and on foot. Like guests in times not dominated by the coronavirus pandemic, they checked their bags, registered and received their room keys.   But it wasn’t the usual well-heeled crowd that arrived Monday afternoon at this West Los Angeles hotel, where rooms normally go for $389 a night. The guests were ...
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Apr 2

Coronavirus spreads in Los Angeles’ homeless community

There are nine confirmed cases of coronavirus among Los Angeles’ homeless population, said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, at her Thursday media briefing. This is up from five the day before and comes as the city and county attempt to more aggressively test in places like skid row. Ferrer said it was challenging to know exactly ...
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