L.A. races to distribute housing vouchers before homeless people are kicked out of hotels
Benjamin Oreskes LA TIMES- December 22, 2021 Originally posted in the LATimes Yesterday 2:19 PM Earlier this month, Los Angeles city officials tried something new in their pursuit of pairing homeless people with rental subsidies. They brought a group of homeless people the paperwork and the resources necessary to get these complicated applications completed. The…
Where the Build Back Better Bill Stands for Housing Funds
The bill that passed the House includes $170 billion for housing – enough for 300,000 new Housing Choice Vouchers, as well as funding for new housing development and preservation of public housing units. The Senate version being discussed includes these […]
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Meet the Nonprofit Whose App Helps Homeless Angelenos Access Services
BY EMILY BEYDA L.A.-based novelist and the author of “The Body Double.” NOV. 5, 2021 5:09 AM PT Originally posted in the dot.LA There are a bevy of nonprofits in L.A. offering services to help the local homeless population. But too often, the folks who most need those resources have trouble accessing them. Our Community L.A., a…
15 parking spaces at Long Beach City College to be reserved for homeless students
BY COLLEEN SHALBY Staff Writer, LA Times NOV. 3, 2021 4:07 PM PT Originally posted in the LATimes Long Beach City College has launched a pilot program to designate safe, overnight parking for students living in their cars, a move designed to offer those who are most vulnerable some semblance of emergency aid. From 10 p.m. until…
The WIN App-now in Spanish
We are excited to announce that the WIN What I Need mobile app is now available in Spanish! After English, Spanish is the next most spoken language in LA County and OCLA is committed to breaking information barriers for this important community of residents. To obtain WIN Spanish, simply download the WIN What I Need…
California Roars Back: Governor Newsom Announces Historic $12 Billion Package to Confront the Homelessness Crisis
Governor Newsom’s $100 billion California Comeback Plan proposes largest increase for homeless housing in California history, creating over 46,000 new units and helping hundreds of thousands of homeless Californians Investments for new programs to clean California’s streets Governor’s plan will end family homelessness within five years SACRAMENTO— Today, California Governor Gavin Newsom unveiled the second challenge his…
L.A. Built a Tiny-House Village for Homeless Residents, and Some Aren’t So Sure About It
Alissa Walker Curbed April 27th, 2021 Like so many of the parks in Los Angeles County’s San Fernando Valley, Alexandria Park is little more than a sliver of grassy land along a concrete-lipped wash dotted with picnic tables, the landscaped embankment of a freeway onramp. Today, though, local officials are pointing to it with pride, as 103…
Disruptions to the 2021 PiT Count: Working to Fill Data Gaps
Homeless services systems will be sorting through the impacts of the pandemic for some time to come. Disruptions to the 2021 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count are a part of the story: the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sanctioned cancellations or modifications of unsheltered counts. An outcome of this emergency decision is that communities…
Congress Wants To Set Up One-Stop Shops To Help Ex-Inmates Stay Out Of Prison
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., a former prosecutor, is part of a group of lawmakers relaunching an effort to support newly released ex-prisoners.; Credit: Tasos Katopodis/Pool/Getty ImagesClaudia Grisales | NPR In an effort to reduce crime among formerly incarcerated individuals, a bipartisan group of Senate and House lawmakers are joining forces to introduce legislation Thursday to…
My Daughter And I Just Became ‘Unhoused’ During The COVID-19 Crisis
“Our belongings are packed in a garage and I no longer have employment. The question of where my daughter and I will lay our heads on any given week is a bit of an unknown.”
How COVID-19 Exposes America’s Housing Crisis
“Many are calling this the equivalent of 2008’s foreclosure crisis, but at an exponential level.” This is how the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated America’s ongoing housing crisis.
Millions Of Americans Are About To Be Homeless, And It’s Totally Preventable
Rent is due this weekend, and with the federal moratorium on evictions expired, millions won’t be able to pay.
Beauty2theStreetz Gives Makeovers And Hope To Homeless People On Skid Row
Shirley Raines’ nonprofit does “more than something superficial,” even during the coronavirus pandemic.