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More than a year after announcing a major revitalization of downtown and a crackdown on the city's homeless population, police say they have made a serious dent in combating public drunkenness and illegal camping. On Friday, Assistant Chief Pat Miller said officers on the city's west side issued a record number of citations involving these same offenses during the first nine months of the year.
January 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
There were 744,000 homeless people in the United States in 2005, according to the first national estimate in a decade. A little more than half of them were living in shelters, and nearly a quarter were chronically homeless, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Alliance to End Homelessness, an advocacy group. A majority of the homeless were single adults, but about 41% were in families, the report says.
December 2, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Dozens of elected officials, law enforcement representatives, social service and housing providers, philanthropists and community leaders pledged support Wednesday for a plan that aims to get all homeless veterans and the chronically homeless off the streets of Los Angeles County within five years. The ambitious plan, released by a group of business leaders Nov. 9, is the latest of numerous initiatives to reduce the county's homeless population, which numbers more than 48,000 on any given day. It proposes reallocating about $230 million in existing resources each year to pay for a rapid increase in permanent supportive housing, which includes counseling and treatment, for the most hard-core street dwellers.
November 22, 1998 | JERRY ROBERG, Jerry Roberg is executive director of the Rescue Mission Alliance
There are always two sides to a story. We hear that the economy is good. We hear that home prices in the San Fernando Valley are increasing. We see new companies opening for business. On the surface, that's good news. But if you dig a little deeper, you will see that good economic times for some can create hard times for others.
February 1, 1986 | SEBASTIAN DORTCH, Times Staff Writer
Assemblyman Peter Chacon (D-San Diego) Friday announced plans to introduce a $30-million proposal to provide aid for the state's growing homeless population. The legislation, called the Homeless Relief Act of 1986, would provide jobs, food, clothing and help in finding housing to Californians who have no place to live. There are about 500,000 homeless in California, 5,000 of them in San Diego County, according to Supervisor Leon Williams, who was at the press conference announcing the proposal.
January 30, 1985 | JILL STEWART, Times Staff Writer
A North Hollywood motel will soon begin providing its beds to San Fernando Valley residents under a federally funded program approved Tuesday by the county Board of Supervisors. Larry Johnson, the county's assistant director of community and senior citizens services, said homeless families and individuals will be provided vouchers by Better Valley Services, a social services agency. The vouchers will be good for a temporary stay at the Fiesta Motel, 7843 Lankershim Blvd., he said.
August 24, 1991
I appreciate your coverage of the Union Rescue Mission's July 29 relocation site dedication ceremony, but was disappointed with the story's cynical tone. The article's subhead said that "The homeless view(ed) the ceremony through a fence," and pictured a person with a shopping cart peering at the activities. The picture was misleading. The article referred to fencing that kept out the homeless while corporate sponsors, the mission staff and elected officials were inside praising the new complex.
August 1, 1985
I was both amused and outraged at the piece by Kondratas. Homelessness is a critically serious problem for a large number of people in our country. By the nature of the problem, it is very difficult to get an exact count on the problem. However, those public and private agencies that try to serve the needs of the homeless agree that the problem has mushroomed since the Reagan depression of 1981-82. It is clear that regardless of what the correct number of homeless is, most cities and agencies are overwhelmed by the problem.
May 26, 1999
Free transportation and lunch will be provided for the homeless who attend a Thursday informational meeting designed to hook them up with medical care, housing services and other benefits. The meeting is targeted to the growing homeless population in the Sunland and Tujunga areas, including the foothills in La Tuna, Little Tujunga and Big Tujunga canyons. Residents have recently complained to Councilman Joel Wachs about the homeless encampments, and his office is investigating alternatives.
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