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Mental Health Awareness Month

May 26, 2017
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According to the National Alliance on Mental illness, 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13–18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point during their life. – NAMI

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Mobile App’s Offer Direct Service to Youth

May 26, 2017
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?HackforSFosterYouthLA brought together Our Children LA, the creator of the WIN app for homeless youth, and other local nonprofit app developers, for a 2 day hackathon hosted in Silicon Beach. The first day of the event marked a momentous announcement of a new data direction for the county. Maribel Marin,...

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Will They Become Homeless?

May 25, 2017
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Julie Small and Lisa Pickoff-White | KQED May 15 2017 10,000 immigrant parents of US citizens are detained per year in California, says a recent Human Rights Watch report. Many of these adults have US born children…. Two-thirds of the estimated 11.1 million undocumented people in the U.S. have been...

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Trump Budgets An Increase In Homelessness

May 25, 2017
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On May 23, President Trump released his full Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal and has proposed severe cuts to federal support for homeless individuals. The Administration’s budget proposes to cut HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program, as well as numerous discretionary and safety net programs. The cuts to McKinney...

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What happens to the children of deported parents?

May 15, 2017
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Maguiber was detained by ICE on February 9, 2017. His wife, Yiby, is unemployed and now watches their three children, who are U.S. citizens, by herself.; Credit: Erasmo Martinez/KQED Julie Small and Lisa Pickoff-White | KQED10,000 immigrant parents of US citizens detained per year in California. Many of the 65,000...

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How to make shelter safe for transgender individuals

December 12, 2016
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by Anna Blasco      March 22, 2016 Access to emergency shelter can save lives by giving people with nowhere else to go a safe place to sleep. But for some, shelters have not been safe, welcoming environments. The shelter system as a whole is “utterly failing to provide safety or relief...

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WINTER SHELTERS OPEN DECEMBER 1ST

November 29, 2016
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Are You an Adult (18 or older)  in Need of Shelter?  From December 1-March 1st, LA County is offering evening Winter Shelter for Single Individuals on a first-come, first-served basis. You can get free transportation to and from the shelters – just go to any of the free pick up locations...

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Los Angeles tops the nation in chronically homeless people, federal report finds

November 16, 2016
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Gale HollandContact Reporter  For the second year in a row, Los Angeles reported the largest number of chronically homeless people in the nation — nearly 13,000 — and 95% of them live outdoors, in cars, tents and encampments, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s report to Congress released...

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OCLA’s Anniversary Timeline

November 8, 2016
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Reflections on our First Anniversary BEFORE 2015– How did youth find supportive services? Word of mouth was most common; youth asked other street youth for recommendations. Chance encounters with supportive adults such as outreach workers who offered support or advice was another source. Service Professionals who routinely encountered youth, such...

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AB 1995 Showers Hope!

November 7, 2016
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freeimages.com_CsabaJSzabo/ Community College Shower Access Bill Empowers Homeless Students They Need No Longer Feel the Stigma of Being Smelly or Unkempt in Class ________________________________________ Friday, September 23, 2016 By Assemblymember Das Williams During my six years in Sacramento as an assemblymember representing Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, I have had...

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