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Shelter For All?

June 9, 2015
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The concept of quickly placing people who are homeless in permanent homes – rather than first moving them to shelters – has become the priority for almost every jurisdiction in America. This approach is called “Housing First.” The idea is simple: you place individuals experiencing homelessness in their own apartments...

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Depressing Map Thing: Mapping the Widespread Homelessness That Runs Throughout Los Angeles County

June 4, 2015
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When the numbers were released last month, 2015's Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority homeless count (conducted every two years) revealed that the sheer numbers of homeless individuals in LA had increased by 12 percent across both the city and county of Los Angeles, and that there was a sharp rise...

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Are Service Providers Helping Solve Homelessness?

June 2, 2015
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PATH was founded over 30 years ago and, for 19 of those years, I have been leading the agency. Running a small organization was simpler back then. We helped homeless people find jobs and provided transitional housing until they could get back on their feet. The stories of personal success...

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10,000 Ways to End Homelessness

May 28, 2015
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Eight-year-old Andre loves having his friends over to hang out in his room after school. He has his own door, which he can close for privacy. He has his own desk, where he can study. His room is in a home that belongs solely to him and his mother, Janae....

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Homelessness: LA County’s Growing Homeless Population Has Fewer Temporary Shelter Options

May 13, 2015
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[Image via John Kim / Curbed LA flickr pool] The recent homeless count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority found a 12 percent increase in homeless people on the streets in Los Angeles and LA County, plus a depressing 85 percent rise in people living in tents and...

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Homelessness in Los Angeles: Down For the Count?

May 13, 2015
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The recent homeless count in Los Angeles revealed that homelessness increased by 16 percent from 2013 to the present; the unsheltered homeless population has nearly tripled. For those of us who have noticed an increasing number of tents propped up along our sidewalks, and too many recreational vehicles parked along...

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Homelessness: A Lot More People Are Homeless in Los Angeles These Days

May 11, 2015
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[Image via Eyetwist / Curbed LA flickr pool] Los Angeles is in the thick of a perfect storm of paycheck-consuming rents, reduced federal funding, stagnant/declining wages, and mass evictions right now, so it's not too much of a surprise that the upcoming report from the Los Angeles County homeless count...

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If I Am Homeless…How Old Do I Look?

May 4, 2015
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The latest fad flooding Facebook and Twitter is a Microsoft-created app (how-old.net), which, based on an uploaded selfie, guesses your age. The app is still in development; hence, it is not quite accurate. Thankfully so, particularly for people who are determined to be a decade older. Some of the funniest...

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Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

April 27, 2015
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It is so compelling. Our compassionate impulses race through our bodies when we see a person sleeping on the sidewalk. Especially if they appear to be a senior struggling with an illness, or a veteran with his military cap. To many of those who are privileged, these individuals experiencing homelessness...

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Cruising East L.A. Before Dawn

February 17, 2015
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by Aurelio Jose Barrera Every morning I wake up before 5 a.m. and head out from my house to walk for an hour. But one or two days a week, I load up my old bike with food that I deliver to my homeless neighbors in East L.A., and in...

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