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Our Children LA will spotlight a different champion each month that is making a difference in the effort to end or alleviate homelessness for children and youth under age 26. We welcome nominations of outstanding individuals or entities.

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If I Am Homeless…How Old Do I Look?

If I Am Homeless…How Old Do I Look?

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...
Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

Are We Camouflaging Homelessness by Giving Tents?

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...
Cruising East L.A. Before Dawn

Cruising East L.A. Before Dawn

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...
Land Wars: Work Begins to Turn the West LA VA Campus Into a Community

Land Wars: Work Begins to Turn the West LA VA Campus Into a Community

The 387-acre Department of Veterans Affairs campus in Brentwood is going to have to start housing veterans, says a new federal ruling. In 2011, a veterans group represented by the ACLU sued the VA, charging that it was misusing land that had originally been deeded (in the late 1800s) for...
Why Are Politicians Pretending to Be Homeless?

Why Are Politicians Pretending to Be Homeless?

In the mythology of ancient Greece, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, disguises himself as a beggar to gain an advantage over his enemies. In Shakespeare’s King Lear, a nobleman masquerading as a vagabond helps shift the monarch’s sympathies. The past year marked a new trend in the electoral cycle: politicians “going...
DTLA Could Get Homeless Meters: A month ago we noted an…

DTLA Could Get Homeless Meters: A month ago we noted an…

A month ago we noted an interesting post from blogger Brigham Yen, asking why cities like DC and Philly have donation meters that benefit homeless services, while the homeless capital of the nation--Downtown LA--does not. Well, ask and you (may) receive. Councilmember Jose Huizar notes in his newsletter that he...
Could Donation Meters Curb Panhandling?:  On a trip to the…

Could Donation Meters Curb Panhandling?: On a trip to the…

On a trip to the East Coast, blogger Brigham Yen discovered red donation meters that ask pedestrians for their spare change, which is then funneled to homeless services. Such meters are already in cities like DC, Philly, San Francisco, Orlando, and Miami--Denver raises $100,000 a year from such contraptions. "If...