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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

Homeless woman killed in North Sacramento. It’s the sixth homeless homicide of the year

The victim was said to be a nurse before she was homeless..

Statement against anti-camping ordinance in Kern County, CA

California has been facing a homelessness crisis for years now, but that crisis is reaching new  heights in nearly every major city. As of January 2020, 72% of those without housing in  California are unsheltered. Now more than ever, investme…

This Veterans Day, Let’s Prioritize Ending Veteran Homelessness

By Monica Diaz, Executive Director, Homeless Programs Office Veterans Health Administration | U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Today, American life hardly resembles the country Eisenhower led. We have traveled to space, cured diseases and achieved other previously unbelievable milestones […]

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Honoring Veterans by Ending Their Homelessness

According to the 2020 PIT Count, veteran homelessness has been almost cut in half (49 percent) since 2009. Both sheltered and unsheltered homelessness rates dropped in 48 states and the District of Columbia. This overall decline in veteran homelessness has […]

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Number of tents in Sacramento homeless camps has ‘easily doubled’ since 2019, survey shows

The increase means Sacramento would receive more state funding, but also means officials face a greater challenge to noticeably alleviate the crisis.

NCH and partners ask DOJ to investigate Criminalization of Homelessness in Miami

  NCH joined the National Homelessness Law Center, Legal Services of Greater Miami, and Southern Legal Counsel to send the following letter to the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice.  We applaud the actions of DOJ to open an investig…

While thousands sleep outdoors, Sacramento has dozens of tiny homes and trailers in storage

The city bought the 55 tiny homes in March. The 50 state-issued trailers have been empty since June.

John Oliver Explains How Ronald Reagan ‘Turbocharged’ Homelessness

The “Last Week Tonight” host exclaimed “WTF” to a common complaint about people who live on the streets.

What Will It Take to House America?

By Richard Cho, Senior Advisor for Housing and Services, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  Earlier this year, I returned to federal service, serving now at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). […]

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Are the American People Getting What They Voted For?

by Kelvin Lassiter As the country emerges from the shutdowns surrounding the pandemic, Americans have become inpatient. Promises made regarding voting rights, paid time off, and tax hikes on the wealthy to pay for much needed infrastructure have not co…