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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 24, 1995
Anchor House Associates would like to clarify some information in recent articles about South County shelters. Anchor House, an Ecumenical Service Alliance program, has been in operation in South County for nine years. It is a transitional shelter for families who find themselves newly homeless for a variety of reasons--loss of job, illness or other factors. The shelter has helped a number of abused women. Families are able to stay at Anchor House 60 days--longer if they are in a job program or other educational program.
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February 27, 2014 | By Amy Goldman Koss
When I appear at the fence of the Glendale homeless shelter with my rolling suitcase, I hear cries of "It's the book lady" or, if I'm with my daughter, "It's the book ladies; let them in!" At that point, we are allowed to cut to the front of the line and pass through the gate without being wanded or searched. We then head for a table in the hall where we empty our suitcase and spread out our books. Since I'm on the board of the Friends of the Glendale Public Library, I collect most of the books I bring from the red-dot, super-sale bookshelf at the library.
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December 21, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Slips of paper are pasted to the broken door of the corner row house, violations for the garbage piled near the front steps. The stench of trash wafts up the dark interior stairway, where an ashtray filled with cigarette butts sits like an abandoned potted plant on the second-floor landing. Nobody lives here, at least not officially. But as you climb the narrow stairs to the top floor, a door opens into an airy apartment that is home to Tasha Glasgow, who is part of a largely invisible population of squatters occupying vacant homes across America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Brittany Levine
Despite an increase in fights and several police calls at Glendale's emergency shelter, operators say a move to the city's outskirts this year has reduced complaints from residents and retailers. β€œAt least it's away from the community,” said Alfred Hernandez, an outreach director for Ascencia, Glendale's largest homeless services provider and operator of the shelter. Last winter, when the shelter was housed at the Glendale National Guard Armory near downtown, shop owners and people using Central Park or the Adult Recreation Center lodged numerous complaints about the shelter's clients, the Glendale News-Press reported . This year, with the 90-day shelter on the outskirts of the city, there have only been two complaints from neighbors, according to a report released by Ascencia and presented to Glendale city officials.
NEWS
December 22, 1988
Organizers of the Ecumenical Council's rotating winter homeless shelters need a place for the homeless to sleep Jan. 3 to 17. The shelter system rotates every two weeks among seven churches in Whittier, but organizers have been unable to find a place for the beginning of January, organizer Minerva Schaida said. "Maybe someone has a heated building that could be used as a shelter," she said. "It's too cold to be out on the street right now."
NEWS
December 21, 1992 | Associated Press
Demand for shelter has risen dramatically since the recession began in 1990, and the problem of homelessness will be aggravated by cuts in federal aid, a report said Sunday. "Until more realistic proposals for permanent solutions are forthcoming, cuts in emergency programs will only mean more misery, pain and deaths on America's streets," according to the report by the National Coalition for the Homeless.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1995
Five Orange County homeless shelters were awarded a total of $224,772 in state grants Thursday. The money was offered by the Department of Housing and Community Development for counseling, job training and substance abuse treatment programs that will help the shelter residents become independent, state officials said.
NEWS
April 9, 1992
The Santa Monica City Council wants to quietly change all of the local zoning so that at any location in any neighborhood, homeless shelters can be constructed. The surrounding neighbors would have no say in any aspect of the shelter's construction or its operation, and would be unable to appeal at any level, even to the Planning Commission. Being so totally locked out of the decision process is extremely unfair and dangerous to the families who would have to live next-door to one of these shelters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to provide $820,000 in funding to keep 820 beds open at seasonal homeless shelters between March 15, when they were scheduled to close, and June 30, the end of the fiscal year. About 60 homeless people attended the meeting in council chambers, with some pointing out that the city shelter beds are needed because the rainy, cold weather could extend well into spring. The beds will be funded again July 1, at the start of the next budget year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER and GEORGE RAMOS, Times Staff Writers
Weekend rains and low temperatures plummeting into the 40s overnight left homeless shelters bursting with people Sunday, and weather forecasters are calling for even colder temperatures tonight. The rains were also blamed for many of the traffic accidents that left 22 people dead statewide by Sunday evening. At the Weingart Center in downtown Los Angeles, resident coordinator Timothy Hawkins said: "We have a few vacancies, but we expect them to fill early.
OPINION
July 29, 2012 | By Diane Winston
"Do something!" That was the command William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, gave his son upon seeing homeless men huddled under London Bridge. Booth was a man of action who, in his zeal to save souls, valued deeds over creeds. What would the 19th century Christian evangelist have done about the growing number of poor today, huddled in American cities, suburbs and on farms? According to a recent Associated Press article, economists expect that when the 2011 census figures are released this fall, they will show that poverty has climbed to 15.7%, its highest level in 50 years.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 10, 2012 | By Esmeralda Bermudez, Los Angeles Times
The walls are bare and the bedroom is still missing a television, but Thomas Simmons couldn't be prouder of his new home. "It's all mine," the 35-year-old says, looking around. "My couch, my bed, my gas stove. It's finally mine. " For nearly a decade, the veteran of Afghanistan lived in homeless shelters and in his car, wandering from Georgia to Nevada to California, his clothes crammed in his trunk and his life in disarray. He was among the estimated 7,400 veterans who are homeless in Los Angeles County β€” battling post-traumatic stress, substance abuse, alcoholism and mental issues.
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December 21, 2011 | By Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times
Slips of paper are pasted to the broken door of the corner row house, violations for the garbage piled near the front steps. The stench of trash wafts up the dark interior stairway, where an ashtray filled with cigarette butts sits like an abandoned potted plant on the second-floor landing. Nobody lives here, at least not officially. But as you climb the narrow stairs to the top floor, a door opens into an airy apartment that is home to Tasha Glasgow, who is part of a largely invisible population of squatters occupying vacant homes across America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2011 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Officials at one of the largest nonprofit homeless shelters in downtown Los Angeles say they can no longer operate government-funded programs because the costs are not fully covered and it takes months to get paid. Andy Bales, president of Union Rescue Mission, said no one would be forced onto the streets because of the decision. But nine families who are in transitional housing in South Los Angeles may have to move into the mission's main shelter on downtown's skid row until alternative placements can be found.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Four years after an Inglewood hospital allegedly dumped a woman with chronic lung problems at a West Los Angeles homeless shelter, the hospital's owner has agreed to settle a lawsuit by the L.A. city attorney. Centinela Freeman Holdings will pay $125,000 in penalties and charitable contributions and will abide by rules forbidding such practices at medical facilities it owns. The company is the latest hospital group to be pursued by the L.A. city attorney for allegedly dumping patients at homeless shelters without following the required discharge procedures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 2010 | By Sam Allen and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
The Union Rescue Mission in downtown Los Angeles will begin charging on a voluntary basis for some of its beds because of overwhelming demand triggered by the recession and recurring visits by some guests, shelter officials said Friday. In September, the homeless shelter will begin charging $7 a bed for up to 25 beds for men and 25 for women, said the Rev. Andy Bales, director of the mission at 545 S. San Pedro St. The shelter has 268 beds for men, and 208 for women. From the fees collected, $5 a day will be used to pay for programs the mission runs, and $2 will be set aside as savings for the guest, Bales said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 7, 1992 | BARRY M. HORSTMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Setting the stage for a showdown over a highly emotional social issue, the San Diego City Council on Monday took the first step toward declaring a homeless shelter crisis and perhaps placing at least one such facility in each council district. By a 5-3 vote, the council made a procedural move toward approving Councilman John Hartley's proposal that the city, which has shelter beds for only about one-fifth of its estimated 7,000 homeless persons, officially declare that disparity to be a crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 25, 2009 | By Andrew Blankstein
In the season of giving, authorities have come up with a way to help the homeless through items they have confiscated: Hand out about 10,000 pairs of counterfeit athletic shoes. The shoes, which include knockoff Nike and Adidas sneakers minus the labels, were seized for trademark infringement by the Los Angeles Police Department's anti-piracy unit. The LAPD, working in conjunction with the Los Angeles city attorney's office, plans to distribute sneakers Monday to 1,800 residents at the Union Rescue Mission downtown.
NATIONAL
July 31, 2009 | Mike Clary
At 5 weeks old, with a crown of dark hair and big blue eyes, Anastasia Garcia is one of the newest faces of the economic crisis. She was born homeless. "When we are lucky enough to be settled, we will tell her that things were not always as easy as you may think," said Angela Garcia, 26, laying the infant down in a crib at the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach, Fla.
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