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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1989
Reading about the county's use of funds earmarked for social services to support litigation against representatives of the homeless so reminds me of President Reagan's conversion of the "War on Poverty" to a "War Against the Poor" that I had to look at my calendar to reassure myself that the year was 1989 rather than 1982. I would respectfully suggest that those supervisors supporting this misappropriation of public funds voluntarily forgo their salaries and other income so that they can learn firsthand about the joys of homelessness.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 2009 | Bob Pool
A 97-year-old homeless woman living with her two sons in a battered 1973 Chevrolet Suburban in Venice has received a temporary home, compliments of a nonprofit Los Angeles housing group. Bessie Mae Berger and sons Larry Wilkerson, 60, and Charlie Wilkerson, 62, had parked nightly on Venice Boulevard after losing their home in Palm Springs and failing to find a place to stay in Northern California. But a Times story on Friday that detailed their plight prompted authorities from the city, L.A. County and the state to step up efforts to assist the trio and led a year-old group, the Integrated Recovery Network, to offer them immediate shelter.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1987
By a 296-76 vote, the House passed and sent to the Senate legislation (HJ Res 102) to provide an additional $50 million this winter in emergency aid for the homeless. The money was taken from a disaster relief account within the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It will fund food and shelter programs run by private organizations such as the United Way and American Red Cross. Supporter Bruce F. Vento (D-Minn.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2005 | From Times Staff Reportd
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Wednesday named the executive director of a downtown business association to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority board. Estela Lopez heads the Central City East Assn., which represents businesses and property owners in and around downtown's skid row. Villaraigosa also has nominated Ramona Ripston, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, to the board.
NEWS
May 31, 1990
A group of residents who use the city's computer network--which was designed to improve community access to local government--persuaded the City Council Tuesday to consider a proposal to aid the homeless. The council voted unanimously to have city staff study the proposal, which includes increased access to showers, access to laundry facilities, lockers and a job referral bank.
NEWS
December 28, 1994 | J. R. MOEHRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For the men and women who find refuge and supper each night in Orange County's churches and shelters, the county's complicated financial crisis is simple. It translates directly into more hardship: canceled rent assistance, vanished job training programs and cold, bland food. Some among the homeless can literally taste the aftereffects of risky investments that went awry and prompted the biggest municipal bankruptcy case in U.S.
NEWS
May 29, 1987 | DAVID LAUTER, Times Staff Writer
The Senate, after a furious round of lobbying and compromising Thursday, approved a measure to provide $190 million in emergency funds for programs to house the nation's homeless. Earlier in the day, a $225-million homeless aid proposal had been defeated on a 47-46 vote, reversing a stand taken a month earlier by the Senate and leaving advocates for the homeless "incredibly disappointed and enraged," said Maria Foscarinis of the National Coalition for the Homeless.
OPINION
October 12, 1997
After reading the introduction and interview with Warren Currie, president of the Union Rescue Mission (Opinion, Oct. 5), one could easily walk away with the impression that there are only two ways to assist the homeless in our community: the government's institutional approach or religious-based programs. This ignores the numerous successful non-ecumenical and nongovernmental organizations that assist homeless families and individuals throughout L.A. County. I am currently the executive director of Beyond Shelter, a private, nonprofit, non-ecumenical, nongovernmental agency that helps homeless families to move into and to stabilize in permanent housing throughout L.A. County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2003 | Jennifer Mena, Times Staff Writer
The federal government announced Friday it has awarded a total of $9.5 million to several Orange County social service agencies that fight homelessness. Officials estimate that there are about 28,000 homeless people in Orange County, a figure 21% higher than last year's. Orange County homeless coordinator Karen Roper attributed the increase to better statistical reporting and the rising price of housing. The county has 100 homeless shelters, with 3,372 beds.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A group of Los Angeles officials including Mayor James K. Hahn criticized the county government on Monday for not matching the city's spending on programs to address a "crisis" of homelessness. Hahn was joined at a downtown homeless shelter by Police Chief William J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2003 | Seema Mehta, Times Staff Writer
Nonprofits throughout Orange County will receive $9.7 million in federal grants over three years to help the area's homeless. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the money to 16 nonprofits, part of the $1.1 billion in "Continuum of Care" competitive grants nationwide to provide permanent and transitional housing for the homeless. The funds can also be used to provide services such as job training, mental health counseling, substance-abuse treatment and child care.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 2002 | CARLA RIVERA and JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Calling Los Angeles ''ground zero'' for the problem of homelessness in the nation, activists and civic leaders gathered downtown Thursday to suggest remedies such as telethons to raise money for housing and a Web site to reconnect homeless people to their families around the country. The summit at the Central Library was convened by Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who has made ending homelessness a personal and departmental priority.
NEWS
November 21, 2001 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush administration announced more than $1 billion in grants Tuesday for projects that will aid hundreds of thousands of homeless families and individuals across the country. The largest amount, $165.4 million, is earmarked for California. Advocacy groups for the homeless had expected the announcement, which was timed to coincide with the start of the holiday season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1999 | ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was supposed to be "Connection Day," linking the homeless in Sunland and Tujunga with social service and government agencies that could help them. But the 50-plus officials far out-numbered the 20 or so homeless people at Thursday's meeting at Howard Finn Park. The thin turnout was in part due to Monday's closing of an encampment on private land known as Jurassic Park in Sunland, officials and homeless people said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1998 | LINDSEY M. ARENT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In San Pedro's downtown business district, where revitalization is underway on 7th Street, large clay pots with newly planted flowers dot the sidewalk. New posters hang in shop windows, inviting people to get reacquainted with the area at a monthly open house. Everyone is invited. Everyone, that is, except the new neighbors. Half a block away, in the back of a converted auto repair shop, the clatter of brown metal folding chairs signals dinner time for a group of homeless people.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 1998 | EDWARD M. YOON
A Chatsworth-based attorney has been selected chairman of the 10-member Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. In a 9-0 vote, William Powers was elected to head the authority, which develops and implements programs and makes recommendations to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to assist the homeless. "I'm just grateful that my peers had the confidence in me to name me chairman," said Powers, who has been a member of the authority since 1995.
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