Sitting inside MADE by DWC, the Downtown Women’s Center’s cheery and spacious cafe and gift boutique, you could almost forget that Skid Row is just outside. DWC’s cafe and boutiques employ formerly homeless women who have gone through the center’s programs. The women earn minimum wage to create goods or work at the boutiques and cafes, while also learning skills to hopefully help them for future employment.
Serving LA’s Homeless and Hungry Youth, Families and Adults, OCLA’s Free Print Directory and Mobile App (WIN) connects vulnerable individuals and families to the programs they need to build a life out of poverty. To enhance and grow these valuable programs, OCLA, a local volunteer-led nonprofit, needs a grantwriter and/or development volunteer to lead efforts to obtain public and private financial support. Click here to learn more.
Where your tax dollars are going in LA's fight against homelessness
The L.A. County Board of Supervisors approved plans to spend $400 million beginning in July to combat homelessness. The money comes from Measure H, the 1/4-cent sales tax voters passed last year. How will it be spent? On services and housing that the supervisors think are key to getting people off the streets for good including spending more on homeless shelters. Here's a list of the big ticket items. (Rina Palta, SCPR.org)
The attributes of people experiencing homelessness change because homelessness itself causes social disconnection and triggers legal, medical and behavioral health problems. Chronic homelessness is the outcome of repeated system-wide failures to provide lasting help. This LA Economic Roundtable report recommends interventions that reduce chronic homelessness.
The WIN app-- Technology, Empowerment, Connections & Hope
Watch Dr McCain's speech on YouTube featuring the WIN app. WIN is a free, easy to use mobile app developed by OCLA that empowers homeless and nearly homeless youth, families and adults (and those who wish to help them) to find free helpful services. TRY WIN HERE (Acceptance speech at the 2017 Rotary Star humanitarian Award, Pasadena CA.)