Meanwhile.. Up by the Bay: San Francisco’s biennial one-night homeless count shows that since 2015 the western half of the city and significant residential strips of the rest of San Francisco have seen sharp increases in people living on the street — even as the citywide population of homeless people fell 0.5%, to 7,499. San Francisco Chronicle
Monday, June 19, 2017
WOW Really? 2016 Latino homelessness shot up 63% in the last year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar 23%,
Plus: “Recent figures released by the county show that Latino homelessness shot up 63% in the last year, a staggering number in a county that saw its overall homeless population soar 23%, despite increasing efforts to get people off the street.” Los Angeles Times
WOW.... Great job LA.
WOW.... Great job LA.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Home at last
Vets’ circuitous paths through homelessness meet in new permanent homes.
By Doug Smith / Photography by Allen J. Schaben MAY 25, 2017
For Kenneth Salazar, the past came back as a series of scenes in a fractured chronology.
Life after the Army had been one of dead-end jobs and episodes of sleeping in cars, each coming to an end when the vehicle was impounded.
“I woke up in a motor vehicle in other people’s driveway wondering, ‘What in the hell am I doing here?’ ” Salazar said.
Most recently, he was sleeping in a park when an outreach worker got him to go to the Courtyard, a shelter that opened last year in the former Santa Ana bus terminal. There he slept on a mat.
That turned out to be a steppingstone out of his past. For the first time since his discharge, Salazar, 60, now has a permanent home that cannot be impounded.
Salazar was one of 15 homeless men — almost all veterans — selected to move into Potter’s Lane, a pioneering housing project built from recycled shipping containers. Salazar will pay $69 a month for his single unit. The balance of the $1,259 monthly rent will be subsidized.
Potter’s Lane is an example of permanent supportive housing — subsidized apartments with services to provide the support that the chronically homeless need to adjust to life under a roof. It was funded with a combination of low-interest government and private loans and will be supported by subsidies from state and federal programs for veterans and the chronically homeless.
In Los Angeles, voters have approved $1.2 billion in borrowing to help build 10,000 such units. Following the example at Potter’s Lane, some of those projects are now being designed with shipping containers as the structural element.
Kurt Carson came to Potter’s Lane from a ledge under the East Katella Avenue bridge over the Santa Ana River. He said he lived there six years and had no complaints, a perspective shaped by his 14 years as a Marine.
“I’ve been places where 2 million people would kill to get a place under that bridge,” Carson said. “We don’t have a whole lot to gripe about in this country.”
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Is this what we should be looking forward to.. Some of us are few paychecks away from being homeless.
Better real the article here
REPRINT FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL:
Better real the article here
With $15 left in the bank, a baby boomer makes peace with less- See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/world/15-left-bank-baby-boomer-makes-peace-less#sthash.XS3dLZUA.dpuf
With $15 Left in the Bank, a Baby Boomer Makes Peace With Less
Facing five times the debt of previous generations and relatively small savings, many retirees are making fundamental lifestyle changes; Ms. Wolf trades California for Iowa.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Report on L.A. City Homelessness Plan Gives Sobering Picture of Struggle Ahead
POSTED 9:26 AM, NOVEMBER 12, 2016, BY LOS ANGELES TIMES
Nine months after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a comprehensive plan to end homelessness, the first progress report on the plan, released this week, offered a sobering picture of the long and difficult path ahead.
Proposals for storage lockers and toilets for street dwellers are stalled, new shelter capacity is being added at a trickle, and the city bureaucracy moving more slowly than some council members had expected.
“I don’t get that. There’s so much red tape and process in that, ” Councilman Michael Bonin said of an item in the report citing a study of shared housing. “If there are beds available today, I would like us to be moving on it.”...
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Homeless people face L.A. crackdown on living in cars
Los Angeles’ new ordinance on living in cars was billed as a boon to homeless people, making it legal for the first time to park and sleep in half the city’s streets.
But with the measure set to kick in Feb. 6, a new map suggests the law could trigger a crackdown on some of the city’s 28,000 homeless people.
The map, which police will use to enforce the measure, shows only 10% of city streets cleared for car lodging. Other posted restrictions on overnight parking and oversized vehicles are not on the maps, but will be enforced.
One Venice block inadvertently marked safe is actually a canal, accessible by amphibious vehicle only.
“This isn’t a street. I’m not sure what it is,” city parking enforcement Officer Hector Chun said as he patrolled the neighborhood last week.
Many jurisdictions have moved against homeless people living in their cars in recent years, with 40% of 187 cities surveyed in 2016 by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty having adopted curbs. L.A.’s difficulty in finding places to put its occupied vehicles underscores its continuing failure to rein in its burgeoning homeless population as it heads into its annual homeless count, which begins Tuesday night.
Voters in November approved $1.2 billion to build 10,000 affordable and homeless units over the next decade, and the city is planning to build on city-owned lots and in converted nuisance motels. But for a second year, street encampments cling to neighborhoods from Los Feliz to North Hollywood. More than 6,600 vehicles countywide are occupied.
Earlier this month, Mayor Eric Garcetti scrapped his timetable for housing homeless veterans, saying 1,200 remain outdoors a year after the deadline he had set to bring them in.
“The city seems to be resting on its laurels passing a homeless housing bond, and meanwhile it has created not so much as another cot,” said retired UCLA law professor Gary Blasi, who has studied and litigated homeless issues for decades.
Garcetti’s press secretary, George Kivork, said the vehicle dwelling restrictions are a stopgap measure while the city develops a parking program for homeless people. Kivork added that the mayor knows current strategies will not solve the homelessness crisis overnight, but remains “committed to working to solve it as quickly as possible.”http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-rv-dwelling-20170113-story.html
Friday, January 20, 2017
There are now more homeless kids and parents in D.C. than homeless single adults
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
These big cities (LA, SF, Portland, Seattle) are quiet incapable of dealing with homelessness. The newborn child of a homeless woman found death at a bus stop in Portland :'( (cold and freezing temperatures.)
The newborn child of a homeless woman in Oregon died last week after the two were found at a bus stop amid freezing temperatures.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Oregon Woman Evicted Over $338, Freezes to DeathRead more: https://sputniknews.com/us/201701111049459157-oregon-woman-misses-rent-freezes/
Two people die of hypothermia in Portland within a week
A 51-year-old man died of hypothermia under a blanket on East Burnside Street at 99th Avenue last week.
Woman evicted from low-income housing died of exposure three months later..