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February 19, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Citing a wave of homeless people pouring into the Antelope Valley, the city of Lancaster is fighting for a bigger share of the county's allotment of funding for the destitute. Vice Mayor Marvin Crist said on any given night the Antelope Valley has 12% of the county's homeless population, or 6,500 people, but receives only 2% of the funding from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The service area centered on L.A.'s skid row, by contrast, has 18% of the population and 50% of the funds, he said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Santa Monica's homeless population has dropped by 3.5% since 2012, in part because of a focus on getting long-term street transients into housing, officials said Tuesday. "It's focusing on folks who have been here the longest and who are the most vulnerable," said Margaret Willis, the city's human resources administrator. A citywide count conducted Jan. 29 found 742 homeless people living in the streets, in cars or encampments, and in shelters and hospitals, down from 769 in 2012.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A jump in the number of Los Angeles County residents who became homeless in the last two years defied the national trend of a modest decline in the overall homeless population, according to federal estimates released Thursday. Los Angeles County's homeless population rose 15% from 2011 to 2013, to  57,737, a total second only to New York City. By contrast, the number of homeless Americans declined 6% since 2010, to 610,042, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Gale Holland
The city of Lancaster is the end of the line for Metrolink commuter trains northbound from Los Angeles and Glendale. So when the homeless count in the Antelope Valley quadrupled, officials suspected that someone in Los Angeles was engaging in a railway version of "Greyhound therapy," putting transients on the train to whisk them away. "We've had people getting off the train with all their worldly possessions on them," said Lee D'Errico, the head of Lancaster's public safety department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2009 | Cara Mia DiMassa
Los Angeles County's homeless population has dropped 38% since 2007, according to a survey conducted earlier this year by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The count, which was conducted over three days in January, pegs the region's homeless population at 42,694 -- down from 68,808 in 2007. "We know that things are changing," said Michael Arnold, executive director of the homeless services authority. "We know, we can sense, we can feel that there's a change out there.
NEWS
August 2, 1992
I am an 85-year-old widow who has lived in Santa Monica for many years. I ride the blue buses to get around town and to Lincoln Park, where there are senior citizen activities. Everywhere I go, I see derelicts. I am afraid of these people, who constantly bother me for money. Can you imagine, they want my Social Security retirement money that I worked hard for! Every year, the problem gets worse in Santa Monica. I read in your paper that changes have been made by the City Council to get these people off our streets, but the problem gets worse.
NEWS
May 10, 1987 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
The number of families seeking emergency shelter has risen dramatically--by an average of 31%--in all but one of 29 major cities over the last two years, and officials of all but two of those cities expect the problem to grow still worse in the year ahead, the U.S. Conference of Mayors reported Saturday. The conference, giving the results of a survey, said that officials of every city cited a dwindling supply of affordable housing as a prime cause of homelessness.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2008 | Cara Mia DiMassa, Times Staff Writer
It's known in many circles as a "quiet crisis" -- a surging population of older Americans over the next 15 years. And for those who serve the homeless in Los Angeles, that portends a dramatically worsening situation. The nonprofit Shelter Partnership spent the last two years studying the plight of Los Angeles County's homeless elderly -- a population, it concluded, of 3,000 to 4,000. The study, which is being released today, marks the first time that the region's elderly homeless population has been studied.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1989 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal and local officials said Thursday that a new Lancaster shelter will greatly improve efforts to help the growing homeless population of the high desert. Catholic Charities will operate the 40-bed shelter opening Saturday on city-owned land near downtown Lancaster. The city spent about $100,000 on land and construction, but individuals and businesses from throughout the Antelope Valley donated the bulk of the construction funds, about $350,000 in money, labor and materials.
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June 10, 1993 | JEFF KRAMER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The homeless and their advocates were left out in the cold this week when the Santa Monica City Council backed a plan to close Palisades Park at night, ostensibly to reduce drug traffic there. By a 5-2 vote Monday, the council ordered the city attorney's office to draft an ordinance to close the cliff-top park from midnight to 5 a.m., dealing a harsh blow to the many people who sleep there.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Gale Holland
Citing a wave of homeless people pouring into the Antelope Valley, the city of Lancaster is fighting for a bigger share of the county's allotment of funding for the destitute. Vice Mayor Marvin Crist said on any given night the Antelope Valley has 12% of the county's homeless population, or 6,500 people, but receives only 2% of the funding from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The service area centered on L.A.'s skid row, by contrast, has 18% of the population and 50% of the funds, he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
About 12,000 people gathered in downtown Los Angeles early Saturday to participate in United Way's seventh annual HomeWalk to raise money to aid the county's increasing homeless population. For the third straight year, Lakers star Kobe Bryant served as honorary chair of the annual 5K run and walk in Exposition Park that raises money for food, housing and support services for the homeless. The Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation provides similar assistance. There is greater public awareness now that a health crisis or the loss of a job can lead to homelessness, said Christine Marge, director of Home for Good for United Way of Greater Los Angeles.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 21, 2013 | By Gale Holland
A jump in the number of Los Angeles County residents who became homeless in the last two years defied the national trend of a modest decline in the overall homeless population, according to federal estimates released Thursday. Los Angeles County's homeless population rose 15% from 2011 to 2013, to  57,737, a total second only to New York City. By contrast, the number of homeless Americans declined 6% since 2010, to 610,042, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 22, 2013 | Anna Gorman and Andrew Blankstein
Public health officials have launched a new, coordinated attack to contain a persistent outbreak of tuberculosis on downtown Los Angeles' skid row, including a search for more than 4,500 people who may have been exposed to the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has dispatched scientists to Los Angeles to help local health officials determine why the disease is spreading and how to stop it. Officials say 11 have died since 2007. Sixty of the 78 cases were among homeless people who live on and around skid row. Scientists have recently linked the outbreak to a tuberculosis strain that is unique to Los Angeles, with a few isolated cases outside the area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The police officers made their way though the Costa Mesa park known as "ground zero," the crowded hub for the city's homeless, handing out fliers and encouraging people to get on a bus that would take them out of town. Like other cities, Costa Mesa has had a tenuous relationship with its homeless, and many would just as soon they all simply leave. But efforts on this crisp afternoon had a different motivation: They were nudging them to seek shelter from the near-freezing nights that had gripped the area and board a shuttle to the Santa Ana armory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 2012 | Mike Reicher
Looking to cut down on homeless services in Costa Mesa, Mayor Eric Bever has asked the city to investigate some of the city's most prominent and long-running charities. Bever singled out Share Our Selves and Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, decades-old nonprofits that dispense food and medical care to the poor and homeless. The mayor compared the charities to nightclubs that have become neighborhood nuisances. It would go a long way to solving the problem of homeless people coming to Costa Mesa, the mayor said, "if we managed to put the soup kitchen out of business.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
SAN JOSE - Everything in the warehouse mattered, at some point, to someone. A ceramic urn sprouting peacock feathers. A tool chest held together with duct tape. An oak table. A purple bike. Separated out from piles of trash during homeless encampment sweeps, the items were bagged, tagged and inventoried. In the seven weeks since San Jose started photographing and storing such belongings, no one has come to claim them. The city, faced with the specter of costly litigation, has embarked upon a difficult experiment - one that is playing out across California as fiscally strapped cities struggle to balance the health and safety of the general public with the property rights of growing ranks of homeless people.
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November 10, 1991 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
How much carrot and how much stick? In the coming weeks, Santa Monica will attempt to put together a comprehensive policy for dealing with its large, unruly and desperately poor homeless population. It is a defining moment for a city whose commitment to helping those in need is unmatched almost anywhere in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2012 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
A homeless man who authorities suspect stabbed three Los Angeles-area transients while they slept and left behind rambling "death warrants" is believed to also be responsible for two other knife attacks in Santa Barbara, police said Saturday. Courtney Anthony Robinson, 38, called 911 on Friday evening and surrendered to police about 8:40 p.m. at a Hong Kong Express eatery in the center of Hollywood, said LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith. Robinson was "lucid" and was taken into custody without incident, Smith said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 2012 | By Maria L. La Ganga and Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
SAN JOSE - Everything in the warehouse mattered, at some point, to someone. A ceramic urn sprouting peacock feathers. A tool chest held together with duct tape. An oak table. A purple bike. Separated out from piles of trash during homeless encampment sweeps, the items were bagged, tagged and inventoried. In the seven weeks since San Jose started photographing and storing such belongings, no one has come to claim them. The city, faced with the specter of costly litigation, has embarked upon a difficult experiment - one that is playing out across California as fiscally strapped cities struggle to balance the health and safety of the general public with the property rights of growing ranks of homeless people.
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