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November 29, 1995
A new winter shelter for the homeless opened this week in Downtown Los Angeles to provide private rooms for people who otherwise would be living on the streets. The shelter, located in the Panama Hotel at 403 E. 5th St., can house and feed up to 100 people--90 men and 10 women--according to county officials.
March 16, 2007
Re "A police state on skid row," Opinion, March 12 Ramona Ripston is my colleague on the board of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. We are united in our frustration and disgust at the limited resources available to address the regionwide tragedy of homelessness. But I respectfully disagree that the Los Angeles Police Department has turned skid row into a "police state." The real threat to life and liberty on skid row is not the LAPD, it's heroin and cocaine. The LAPD's special enforcement is saving lives.
December 7, 1999 | IRENE GARCIA
Chilly and windy overnight temperatures throughout the Antelope, Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys caused three area emergency homeless shelters to open over the weekend. "Actually it hasn't been cold enough in most areas. They've opened mostly because of wind," said Paul Rossi, program coordinator for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which administers funding for 20 county shelters.
December 14, 1995 | NICHOLAS RICCARDI
In the wake of the season's first major rainfall, officials have opened several shelters across the county where the homeless can spend the night warm and dry. In the San Fernando Valley, the National Guard Armory at 17730 Victory Blvd. in Van Nuys will be open overnight from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. each day through Feb. 29, said Marlene Singer, a manager with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
February 24, 1997 | DADE HAYES
At the request of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, homeless organizations in the San Fernando Valley and four other areas of the city plan community meetings to address concerns about their services. The meetings, including one Tuesday in the Valley, will allow residents to provide input that will help organizations maximize their budgets. The L.A. homeless authority has issued a list of specific questions they will seek to answer at the meetings.
January 7, 1997 | DADE HAYES
The San Fernando Valley Homeless Shelter is operating "up to capacity" and could overflow if high winds prompt more people to seek shelter there, an official said Monday. Marlene Singer, manager of programs for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, a joint city and county agency, said the shelter has been open continuously since mid-December. This year, the shelter is located at the Sylmar Army National Guard Armory, a change from its previous Van Nuys address.
December 16, 1997
Activists for the homeless will meet with the Santa Monica City Council tonight to discuss their arrest and eviction at the Flamingo Hotel last month and the shortage of shelter beds in the city. David Busch, Michael Reinsborough and Jennaffer Waggoner were arrested Nov. 19 at the Ocean Avenue hotel for trespassing on private property and resisting arrest. About 35 people had occupied the hotel, which has been closed since 1992, to protest the lack of cold-weather shelters.
February 21, 1997
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority held the first of several public hearings Thursday designed to let homeless agencies coordinate their strategies. The meeting, held in South-Central Los Angeles, was attended by several agencies that work under the umbrella of the authority, a joint city-county operation that coordinates homeless services.
December 28, 1999
A homeless shelter for disabled people is in danger of closing its doors Saturday, when the facility's funding runs out. Operators of the Chavez House, a transitional living facility designed for the homeless disabled, are hoping donations from the public will keep the house open until they can secure future government funding. The Chavez House was opened five years ago at 3551 E. 4th Street by Community Rehabilitation Services Inc., a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group.
June 28, 2013 | By Gale Holland and Emily Alpert
The number of homeless people in Los Angeles County jumped by 16% over the last two years, fueled by lingering economic devastation from the recession and rising rents and housing prices, according to a survey released Friday. The sharp increase from 50,000 to more than 58,000 homeless people marked a departure from counts in 2011 and 2012, which showed reductions of 3% to 7% over previous years. And it came despite hundreds of millions of dollars in government aid pouring into the county each year to get people off the streets.
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