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‘We have no excuse’: Rev. Andy Bales is on a mission on downtown L.A.’s Skid Row

For nearly two decades, the Rev. Andy Bales has been on the front lines of the homelessness crisis on downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row. “A huge section of L.A. is an absolute horror story for those people who are suffering on the streets,” Bales, who is chief executive of Union Rescue Mission, says. “Skid Row […]

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Following backlash, nomination of ‘Dr. Drew’ for L.A. homeless commission pulled

A celebrity doctor nominated to a local homeless commission has been pulled from consideration after community members objected and mounted a #DumpDrDrew Twitter campaign accusing him of promoting policies that criminalize homelessness. Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger announced Monday evening that she had withdrawn her nomination for Dr. David Drew Pinsky, more commonly known […]

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New HUD Report Says LA County’s Homeless Population Increased By 13% In 2020

A new report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates there are now 161,548 people experiencing homelessness in California, a 7% increase in the past year.

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Federal judge calls meeting to address ‘extraordinarily harsh’ conditions for homeless amid L.A. rain

A fed up federal judge in California has said last week’s rain storm created “extraordinarily harsh” conditions for homeless residents of Los Angeles and ordered city officials to meet with him this week at a Skid Row shelter to discuss how to address the worsening crisis of people living on the streets. “These conditions cannot […]

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COVID-19 job losses will worsen L.A. homelessness by 2023, report finds

Massive job losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide will leave tens of thousands of low-wage workers without homes over the next three years, a report published Tuesday by a Los Angeles-based research group forecasts. Los Angeles County, already struggling with one of the nation’s largest homeless populations, will be especially hard hit, on a […]

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More than 80 Antelope Valley families face uncertainty after motel housing funding runs out

More than 80 families in Lancaster and Palmdale who were provided housing by an organization called Valley Oasis — through motel vouchers funded by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority — are now facing uncertainty. The money for the program comes from voter-approved Measure H — a 25 cent sales tax initiative that generates funding […]

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L.A. County’s Homeless Initiative coordinator to step down

The head of Los Angeles County’s Homeless Initiative, which has coordinated the response to the homelessness crisis and managed the disbursement of hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds, is stepping down. Phil Ansell is not a household name, but he has played an outsized role in the design and implementation of the Measure H […]

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L.A. received $120 million more as feds amended flawed homeless aid formula under CARES Act — but the change was temporary

Eric Smith will finally have a place to call home after years of sleeping in his car and on his aunt’s sofa because of an obscure change in how the federal government calculates homeless aid. For decades, Washington has determined how much taxpayer money to give states, counties and cities for their homeless residents, using […]

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Feds allow L.A. County to call off 2021 homeless count, citing COVID-19 concerns

The federal government has allowed Los Angeles County to cancel its 2021 homeless count over concerns that it can’t be done safely or accurately during the coronavirus epidemic, it was announced Wednesday. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority had sought permission to avoid sending thousands of volunteers out into the streets in January to check […]

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L.A. County seeks to cancel annual homeless count amid pandemic

Los Angeles County wants to cancel the annual homeless count that occurs over several days in January. The Board of Supervisors, citing the pandemic, voted Tuesday to ask the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for an exemption. Congress requires that local regions conduct these counts every two years in the odd year — […]