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News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

"Hav A Sole" Helps Give Away Shoes To The Homeless

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:11 am

In a world where all we see on the news is kids getting high or even shot, I wish people could see what I see, when I look at my son, Rikki, and all his friends.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Police Department, Non Profits

Santa Monica Outreach Group Mourn Loss Of Volunteer, Ask For Donations

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:12 am

A Santa Monica-based homeless outreach group asked for donations today in the name of a volunteer who was fatally injured in an accident Friday.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Venice Beach

Venice Beach Flash Mob Raises Awareness Of Youth Homelessness

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 9:29 am

The eclectic performers that make the Venice Beach Boardwalk famous had a bit of competition on Friday as a flash mob of around 60 dancers surprised visitors with a performance aimed at raising awareness of homeless youth exiting the foster care system in Los Angeles.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Homelessness

L.A. Councilman Wants "Czar" To Coordinate Homeless Services Across Los Angeles

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 8:52 am

A Los Angeles city councilman said on Friday a "czar" should be brought in to coordinate services for the homeless in the city.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Bonin Hopes Ban On Living In Cars Doesn't Criminalize Homeless People

Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 7:06 am

One day after an appeals court panel struck down Los Angeles' law banning people from living in vehicles, a City Council member said today he is hopeful a new ordinance can be crafted that will address the issue without "criminalizing" homeless people.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Court Overturns Los Angeles Ban On Living In Vehicles

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 9:34 am

A federal appeals court panel struck down Los Angeles' ban on using parked vehicles as "living quarters" on Thursday, ruling that the law is unconstitutional because it discriminates against the homeless and impoverished.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

City Of Santa Monica Says Homeless Population Has Decreased From 2013

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, 9:07 am

The City of Santa Monica announced a five percent decrease in homeless individuals on Monday night. The findings of the Citywide 2014 Homeless Count were released at the Social Services Commission meeting.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Big Turnout For 2014 Santa Monica Homeless Count

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:05 am

An estimated 250 people turned out the night of Wednesday, Jan. 29 to help the City of Santa Monica conduct its annual Homeless Count.

Cherished Feet distributed shoes to homeless women in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Cherished Feet Gives Away 50 Pairs Of Shoes To Homeless Santa Monica Women

Posted Jan. 25, 2014, 9:27 am

Cherished Feet distributed free shoes to homeless women at the Ocean Park Community Center's Daybreak Project at 1751 Cloverfield Boulevard on Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Countdown To 2014 Santa Monica Homeless Count: Volunteers Still Needed

Posted Jan. 8, 2014, 9:16 am

The City of Santa Monica is still registering individuals and groups to be a part of the 200-plus community volunteer effort that will hit the streets Wednesday, Jan. 29 to visually count every person sleeping in public spaces.

Alex Soto (left) and Tom Bagamane (right) of The Giving Spirit present a homeless man with one of the kits.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

The Giving Spirit Distributes Free Winter Survival Kits To Homeless People

Posted Dec. 28, 2013, 6:41 am

The Giving Spirit, a nonprofit that provides aid to women, children and families in Los Angeles who are left vulnerable due to homelessness, handed out free kits earlier this month that contained 60 items for winter survival.

'American Street Kid' is about youth homelessness on a local and national level.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Film, Homelessness

Santa Monica Filmmaker Shines Light On Homeless Youth Epidemic

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 8:59 am

Tears stream down Kiki’s adolescent face as she recounts escaping the horrors of her childhood, and the abuse she endured at the hands of her mother’s ex-boyfriend, in the promotional trailer for “American Street Kids.” Off-camera, Santa Monica writer and director Michael Leoni solemnly says, “I’m sorry.”

There were 24 previously homeless individuals who were honored at the 2013 Success Breakfast.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Celebrating Stories Of Success For No Longer Homeless Individuals

Posted Nov. 2, 2013, 9:52 am

The 18th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast was held last Friday morning, honoring 24 previously homeless individuals who, with the support of local nonprofit agencies, made extraordinary transitions from homelessness to lives filled with passion and promise.

Kristin Peterson will be one of 24 previously homeless individuals who will be honored Friday at the 18th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Non Profits

Celebrating Success Event Friday To Recognize 24 Previously Homeless People

Posted Oct. 23, 2013, 9:07 am

Two decades ago Kristin Peterson’s ex-husband regularly attended an alcoholic recovery center in Venice but she herself had never stepped foot in their door. Today, that very location is one of her safe havens.

According to the Santa Monica 2013 Homeless Count findings, there have been significant increases in unsheltered individuals and people in vehicles that resulted in an overall increase in the street count of 20.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

2013 Santa Monica Homeless Results: One Percent Overall Increase

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 9:11 am

Santa Monica's homeless population has increased from last year, according to the findings the City of Santa Monica presented at the Social Services Commission meeting on Monday night.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica To Conduct Annual Homeless Count Jan. 30; Volunteers Needed

Posted Jan. 24, 2013, 8:28 am

Another January in Santa Monica means it is time for the City’s annual Homeless Count. City Hall announced last week the yearly tally of the homeless living on the streets of Santa Monica would be held on the night of Jan. 30.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Businesses Co-Sponsor Upward Bound 'White Christmas' Event

Posted Dec. 12, 2012, 1:12 am

Santa Monica-based Direct Response Marketing Agencies, Media Design Group, and Revenue Frontier are co-sponsoring a “White Christmas” for the children and families of the Upward Bound House Family Shelter in Culver City. The event will take place this Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Upward Bound House Shelter in Culver City.

News, City Council, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Annual Homeless Review Reveals Improvements, Dwindling Resources

Posted Dec. 11, 2012, 1:22 am

There are fewer homeless people now in Santa Monica than three years ago, but City Hall is running out of resources to help them, according to City staff. In a presentation to council members on Nov. 27, City staff discussed the Annual Homeless Review and revealed the number of people spending the night on Santa Monica’s streets dropped by about 150 since 2009. However, with the loss of redevelopment funds earlier this year, there is less money available for affordable housing programs.

Thomas B. Elias, Columnist

Opinion, Columnist, Homelessness, Government

Homeless Veterans A Huge, Neglected Problem Across The United States

Posted Dec. 8, 2012, 1:08 am

You didn’t hear a word about homeless veterans in President Obama’s State of the Union speech last January and chances are you won’t hear anything from him about those vets next month, either, unless it’s a boilerplate homage for their contributions to American freedom.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Upward Bound House Receives $1 Million To Support Homeless Families

Posted Dec. 1, 2012, 1:04 am

Upward Bound House, Santa Monica's leading provider of housing and services for homeless families with children, has been was awarded $1,042,640 by the First Five LA Commission in support of homeless families.

June Freeman was one of 27 previously homeless individuals honored at the 17th Annual Celebrating Success Breakfast on Oct. 26. She shared her story of living on the streets in front of several hundred attendees.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Success Breakfast Honoree Shares Story Of Leaving Behind A Life On The Street

Posted Nov. 5, 2012, 1:11 am

For six years, June Freeman lived on the streets of Santa Monica and Venice after a falling out with her partner that left her homeless soon after she moved from Colorado with him in 2006.

Jamilah McDowell and David Mays are among 27 individuals who will be honored at the 17th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast this morning.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Success Breakfast To Honor Former Homeless Individuals

Posted Oct. 25, 2012, 11:00 pm

Twenty-seven previously homeless individuals who have made extraordinary transitions from homelessness to lives filled with passion and promise will be honored this morning at the 17th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast.

The Los Angeles Business Journal recognized Upward Bound House as 2012 Organization of the Year Finalist.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Upward Bound House Named As Organization Of The Year Award Finalist

Posted Jun. 30, 2012, 2:44 am

The Los Angeles Business Journal has selected Santa Monica-based Upward Bound House as a finalist for its 2012 Organization of the Year award. The award announcements were made at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on June 19.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

OPCC Announces New Member To Its Board Of Directors

Posted May. 21, 2012, 2:02 am

OPCC, a non-profit organization which empowers men, women, and children to rebuild meaningful lives of self-sufficiency through a continuum of care...

From left: Beth Hansler of Sheraton Delfina, who was the Food Committee chair; Donna Gentry, event coordinator/consultant for the Westside Shelter; and Lynne Thomas of The Lobster, who co-chaired a committee of volunteers producing SBAT XVI.

News, Business, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Super Bowl-A-Thon XVI Raises Funds For Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition

Posted Feb. 10, 2012, 1:21 am

About 600 bowlers from Santa Monica representing various businesses, social service agencies, and local government departments came together at the...

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