Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:40 am
More than 1,000 volunteers from The Giving Spirit assembled and distributed almost 2,600 survival kits from Dec. 11 to 14.
Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:25 am
The city of Los Angeles will pay $100,000 to a homeless outreach group to direct Venice’s chronically homeless population to beds at the Westside Winter Shelter, which opened for the winter season Monday, and other services.
Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:48 am
Fifteen years ago, Barry Walker served meals to homeless people in need and told his friends about it. Now, people are following in his footsteps through Gobble Gobble Give in cities across the country, including Santa Monica, New York, and Las Vegas, and he expects more to come.
Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:04 am
More than 13,300 participants raised over $1.29 million at Saturday's eighth annual HomeWalk, helping fund efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles County, organizers said.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.