Posted Jan. 1, 2015, 1:07 pm
The minimum wage and homelessness likely will continue to be among the major issues affecting Los Angeles in the year ahead.
Posted Nov. 17, 2015, 7:59 am
The Los Angeles City Council will consider a recommendation today to remove criminal penalties from a controversial city law that prohibits the storage of personal property, including items belonging to the homeless, on sidewalks and other public areas.
Posted Oct. 14, 2015, 10:48 am
The Board of Supervisors agreed today to spend $15 million on programs to rapidly re-house homeless people and assist families before El Niño hits.
Posted Sep. 13, 2015, 8:37 am
According to Downtown Santa Monica's annual report, there were 96 "unsheltered individuals" in January 2015.
Posted Jun. 23, 2015, 9:33 am
The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to take a final vote today on rules for dismantling homeless encampments and removing personal property left on sidewalks and in city parks.
Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:32 am
The City of Santa Monica presented the findings of the Citywide 2015 Homeless Count at the Social Services Commission meeting on Feb 23.
Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9:12 am
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is seeking 6,000 volunteers to assist with the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which will be held Jan. 27-29.
Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:25 am
While thousands of Los Angeles-area residents will be opening presents Thursday, there will also be several efforts to help thousands of the region's poor on Christmas Day.
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.