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February 2019

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A stable home for William

William Arnold, Jr. II is a 34-year-old who became homeless in 2016 when he lost his job and was unable to pay his rent.  To avoid eviction, William left his home and became homeless.  He “couch surfed” with family and…

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Criminal record clearance gives rise to peer supporter

Kristopher is diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, anxiety, and anger management issues and has misdemeanors and a violent felony on his record. To obtain employment, he needed help to expunge his criminal record. Kristopher was connected to case…

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From jail to top chef

In early adulthood while attending Long Beach City College, Eugene dreamed of becoming a chef. He fell victim to substance use, which eventually led him to drop out of college, experience turmoil in his personal relationships, be in and out…

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Yes officer, we are homeless

Keith Garces, his wife and two young sons found themselves homeless for a year. Keith’s wife suffered from mental health issues, exacerbated by post-partum depression, and his role as caregiver eventually led to their homelessness. They stayed in familiar areas…

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Quarterly Report 12: The transformative power of community at work

Two years ago, the voters of Los Angeles County passed Measure H, the landmark sales tax.  With that bold affirmation of public will and new resources, we have accelerated our critical work to improve the lives of homeless individual and…

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Homelessness in Los Angeles County is a result of ‘racism in America,’ report says

In a report that treats Los Angeles’s homelessness crisis as a symptom of racism, city and county officials this week pointed to the high number of black people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles and the need to address the disparity in order to address the crisis. read more
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High rents create a new class of hidden homeless in Los Angeles

Kevin Recinos works full-time helping the homeless in Los Angeles as a Life Skills Coordinator, but when his rent increased by $200 per month, he himself became homeless. Now, he’s one of the estimated 9,000 newly homeless in Los Angeles living out of their car. read more
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LA homeless advocates have a new tech tool for affordable housing

If you need a ride somewhere, Uber or Lyft will match you up with a car and a driver, and off you go. If you’re a landlord renting a house, you post it on Zillow and renters can find you. Tech has made it really easy for most of us to get matched up with what we need with just a few clicks. read more
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Priced out: L.A.’s hidden homeless

Los Angeles is in the midst of the worst homeless crisis the city has ever seen, driven by rising rents, stagnant wages and an affordable housing shortage. CBSN Originals’ Adam Yamaguchi meets a single mother living in her car with her teenage daughter, just one example of L.A.’s hidden homeless population that is steadily growing as longtime residents are priced out of their homes — with nowhere else to go. read more
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Homeless Summit highlights complexity of crisis

More than 800 stakeholders attended the Homeless Initiative’s third annual conference, a daylong summit highlighting issues including poverty and housing scarcity, rapid rehousing, prevention and diversion, and incarceration and homelessness.

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