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March 12, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
"Homeless hot spots" began as a charitable experiment at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, but quickly morphed into a debate about the ethics of bridging the digital divide. It started with a blog post by the New York-based marketing company BBH Labs (short for Bartle Bogle Hegarty). "This year in Austin, as you wonder [sic] between locations murmuring to your coworker about how your connection sucks and you can't download/stream/tweet/instagram/check-in, you'll notice strategically positioned individuals wearing 'Homeless Hotspot' T-shirts," according to BBH. "These are homeless individuals in the Case Management program at Front Steps Shelter . They're carrying MiFi devices.
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February 10, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Bone-chilling fog swirled along Venice Beach one recent afternoon when Robert and Nani Valencia and Ana Maria Reyes stopped by the long, metal storage container beside the sand. After they showed IDs and claim checks, a volunteer wheeled out two blue recycling bins in which the three recent arrivals from Texas had stashed their suitcases. They pulled out toiletries, sweaters and blankets and stuffed them into reusable grocery bags. "It makes us feel a lot better to store our things here," said Nani Valencia, 37. "When you have all your [suitcases]
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October 9, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Venice Community Housing Corp. has bought a $3.6-million apartment building that will be used to provide affordable housing for people who are now homeless. The city of Los Angeles contributed $750,000 toward the purchase. The agency also got a loan from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national nonprofit that helps communities create permanent housing with services. St. Joseph Center will provide supportive services for the residents. Of the 20 units, 19 will be made available as affordable housing for homeless individuals.
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March 12, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
"Homeless hot spots" began as a charitable experiment at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, but quickly morphed into a debate about the ethics of bridging the digital divide. It started with a blog post by the New York-based marketing company BBH Labs (short for Bartle Bogle Hegarty). "This year in Austin, as you wonder [sic] between locations murmuring to your coworker about how your connection sucks and you can't download/stream/tweet/instagram/check-in, you'll notice strategically positioned individuals wearing 'Homeless Hotspot' T-shirts," according to BBH. "These are homeless individuals in the Case Management program at Front Steps Shelter . They're carrying MiFi devices.
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December 24, 1998
Local organizations that help the homeless have been awarded sizable grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as part of a nationwide program. "It's especially appropriate that these grants are being announced during the holidays, a time when home is especially important," said U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Mission Hills). The local recipients are: * The city of Los Angeles, which received $2.28 million. * Los Angeles County, which will get $804,600.
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May 26, 1997
As a person who has been involved in working with homeless youth and families for over 12 years, I want to respond to "Recovery Does Little to Help L.A. Homeless" (May 19). Homelessness does not just rest in the hands of Mayor Richard Riordan. We all have to take responsibility. Only when former homeless people, community-based organizations, homeless agencies and advocates, business leaders, public officials and residents invest in meaningful dialogue to end homelessness will there be change.
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February 10, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
Bone-chilling fog swirled along Venice Beach one recent afternoon when Robert and Nani Valencia and Ana Maria Reyes stopped by the long, metal storage container beside the sand. After they showed IDs and claim checks, a volunteer wheeled out two blue recycling bins in which the three recent arrivals from Texas had stashed their suitcases. They pulled out toiletries, sweaters and blankets and stuffed them into reusable grocery bags. "It makes us feel a lot better to store our things here," said Nani Valencia, 37. "When you have all your [suitcases]
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June 3, 1989 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley and county Supervisor Ed Edelman on Friday joined a Skid Row anti-homeless agency in kicking off a modest but innovative program for fighting homelessness that they said represents a new weapon in tackling the seemingly intractable crisis. The $70,000, five-month pilot program, jointly funded by the city and county, will pay salaries for social workers who will act as personal counselors to homeless individuals, matching them with existing specialized programs that can steer them into jobs, permanent housing, alcohol treatment or other services.
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September 26, 2002 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After hearing nearly four hours of emotional testimony, the Santa Monica City Council early Wednesday postponed for two weeks a vote on two ordinances designed to make the city's downtown less hospitable to homeless people. The proposals have launched a highly charged debate in this seaside community of 88,000, which has long had a reputation for compassion toward the homeless but appears to be growing weary of the seemingly intractable problem.
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March 5, 1987
I read your article (Feb. 20) on homelessness in Los Angeles, "Mayor Takes Credit for Crackdown on L.A.'s Skid Row Camps," with dismay. What's needed is to restore basic human dignity to the individuals who had banded together in temporary camp-like shelters. I doubt that these people actually want to sleep in the streets. A study by the U.S. Conference of Mayors has concluded that the number of homeless people has grown by 25% in 1986 and that the largest increase was in families with children.
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October 9, 2009 | Martha Groves
The Venice Community Housing Corp. has bought a $3.6-million apartment building that will be used to provide affordable housing for people who are now homeless. The city of Los Angeles contributed $750,000 toward the purchase. The agency also got a loan from the Corporation for Supportive Housing, a national nonprofit that helps communities create permanent housing with services. St. Joseph Center will provide supportive services for the residents. Of the 20 units, 19 will be made available as affordable housing for homeless individuals.
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September 26, 2002 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After hearing nearly four hours of emotional testimony, the Santa Monica City Council early Wednesday postponed for two weeks a vote on two ordinances designed to make the city's downtown less hospitable to homeless people. The proposals have launched a highly charged debate in this seaside community of 88,000, which has long had a reputation for compassion toward the homeless but appears to be growing weary of the seemingly intractable problem.
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December 24, 1998
Local organizations that help the homeless have been awarded sizable grants by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as part of a nationwide program. "It's especially appropriate that these grants are being announced during the holidays, a time when home is especially important," said U.S. Rep. Howard L. Berman (D-Mission Hills). The local recipients are: * The city of Los Angeles, which received $2.28 million. * Los Angeles County, which will get $804,600.
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November 8, 1997 | SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
To the accompaniment of a blaring radio and a student announcer doing play by play, six Loyola Marymount University students sat down at noon Monday in a balloon-bedecked corner of the school's student union building to begin a card game they hoped would last 240 hours. By 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, 21 1/2 hours into the marathon, the announcer's mike was long gone, balloons were fewer and cheering spectators had been replaced by a television quietly screening the movie "The Breakfast Club."
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May 26, 1997
As a person who has been involved in working with homeless youth and families for over 12 years, I want to respond to "Recovery Does Little to Help L.A. Homeless" (May 19). Homelessness does not just rest in the hands of Mayor Richard Riordan. We all have to take responsibility. Only when former homeless people, community-based organizations, homeless agencies and advocates, business leaders, public officials and residents invest in meaningful dialogue to end homelessness will there be change.
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March 26, 1995
Outsiders are often surprised to learn that there are homeless people in Orange County, but residents know they are an all-too-frequent sight on streets from Buena Park to San Clemente. Estimates put the number of homeless in the county between 10,000 and 15,000; some say half of them are children. But there are some encouraging signs that city and county officials recognize the problem and are confronting it. Costa Mesa is one city where officials say the number of homeless has been increasing.
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July 10, 1989
Thanks for the article regarding the homeless couple who couldn't find emergency shelter because the wife was in a wheelchair (Metro, June 24). I clipped it out and put it in the file next to the one you printed March 8 about the homeless Vietnam veteran, also in a wheelchair, who had a difficult time finding an accessible shelter willing to take him. In my work at the Westside Center for Independent Living, I help people with disabilities and...
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November 21, 1988
The recent program developed by two congregations on Mulholland Drive has sparked much controversy. On the one hand, some have said a temporary shelter should not be set up in their "back yard" up on the hill. The underlying message is that our property values control our values and our willingness to help our fellow man. Americans are more generous than this, and we must not allow our abundance to become our god. As a people who have been richly blessed, we must be careful to not lose sight of the fact that no man is an island and that we must help one another.
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July 10, 1989
Thanks for the article regarding the homeless couple who couldn't find emergency shelter because the wife was in a wheelchair (Metro, June 24). I clipped it out and put it in the file next to the one you printed March 8 about the homeless Vietnam veteran, also in a wheelchair, who had a difficult time finding an accessible shelter willing to take him. In my work at the Westside Center for Independent Living, I help people with disabilities and...
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June 3, 1989 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Tom Bradley and county Supervisor Ed Edelman on Friday joined a Skid Row anti-homeless agency in kicking off a modest but innovative program for fighting homelessness that they said represents a new weapon in tackling the seemingly intractable crisis. The $70,000, five-month pilot program, jointly funded by the city and county, will pay salaries for social workers who will act as personal counselors to homeless individuals, matching them with existing specialized programs that can steer them into jobs, permanent housing, alcohol treatment or other services.
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