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November 27, 2003 | Karima A. Haynes, Times Staff Writer
Nine additional Los Angeles County emergency shelters will open Monday, giving the county's homeless population more places to come in from the cold. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the city-county agency that administers shelter programs, has seven others open year-round. The authority provides 2,000 beds through its countywide network of shelters operated by churches, social service agencies and National Guard armories, officials said. Shelters will be open from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.
February 26, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
After a stormy night that left Los Angeles slick with rain, it was hardly a surprise to find City Councilwoman Jan Perry hunting down fresh funding Tuesday for year-round homeless shelters that offer warm beds at night. The twist was that she left City Hall to do it, marching up the hill to urge the county Board of Supervisors to help scrape together the cash. An estimated 84,000 people are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles County.
January 8, 2003 | Sue Fox, Times Staff Writer
Returning Tuesday from its holiday break, the county Board of Supervisors was easing into its first meeting of the new year -- until homeless activist Ted Hayes grabbed the podium and began shouting. Wrapped in an American flag, Hayes chastised the lawmakers for what he called the unsanitary and unsafe conditions crippling skid row in downtown Los Angeles. He pointed to the recent death of a sleeping homeless man who was hit by an out-of-control police car that jumped a curb in Baldwin Hills.
July 23, 2005 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
In the wake of a scathing review of its finances, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority moved Friday to unsnarl its accounts, hiring a consulting firm and establishing committees to oversee contracting and staff performance. Authority officials also stressed that the financial missteps had not hindered services to the homeless. "To date, not one single bed has been closed and no services ceased," said Executive Director Mitchell Netburn.
The Bush administration announced more than $1 billion in grants Tuesday for projects that will aid hundreds of thousands of homeless families and individuals across the country. The largest amount, $165.4 million, is earmarked for California. Advocacy groups for the homeless had expected the announcement, which was timed to coincide with the start of the holiday season.
March 18, 2003 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
A group of Los Angeles officials including Mayor James K. Hahn criticized the county government on Monday for not matching the city's spending on programs to address a "crisis" of homelessness. Hahn was joined at a downtown homeless shelter by Police Chief William J.
July 20, 2005 | Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writer
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is deeply in debt and has little money in the bank to pay its bills, according to a joint report released Tuesday by the city and county of Los Angeles. Through July 8, the agency owed more than $5 million to subcontractors that provide services to the homeless, with more than $3.2 million in payments more than 30 days past due. But the authority had only $700,000 to pay its bills.
December 4, 2004 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A Los Angeles commission on Friday rejected a proposal to send homeless people from Santa Clarita to a Los Angeles National Guard armory for the winter, arguing that the valley city should serve its homeless population locally. Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority commissioners said they feared that allowing about two dozen homeless people to be bused to the Sylmar armory would set a precedent and make it easier for other suburbs to duck responsibility for providing shelter and support.
December 30, 2003 | Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer
A makeshift encampment a stone's throw from Staples Center was cleared of more than 100 street people by police before a city skip loader flattened it Monday. City officials said they were responding to complaints from local businesses, increasing crime and unsanitary conditions at the encampment, next door to a homeless shelter on Golden Avenue just west of the Harbor Freeway. Los Angeles police had posted notices warning the homeless that their camp would be dismantled Monday and offering room in shelters.
December 1, 2004 | Carla Rivera and Wendy Thermos, Times Staff Writers
For Edythe Franklin, a slight woman who carries a big coat, tonight's opening of Los Angeles County's emergency winter shelter program for the homeless cannot come soon enough. Franklin has spent the last few nights walking the streets of skid row in downtown Los Angeles to keep warm, her only shelter the black wool coat, made in Bulgaria, she obtained from a church handout. "The night before, I sat down on the sidewalk at about 4 a.m.
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