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June 13, 2003 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
A group of the Los Angeles area's top elected leaders, including Mayor James K. Hahn and Sheriff Lee Baca, on Thursday announced the creation of a new panel whose lofty goal will be to end homelessness in the next decade. The new group, called Bring LA Home, will include 50 representatives from government, business, religious organizations, social services, law enforcement, philanthropy, entertainment and homeless individuals.
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.
May 18, 2003 | Chris O'Connell, Special to The Times
Although a cheese steak sub with extra bacon may be an unconventional breakfast for many, for Paul Snow, it sure beats the only alternative. "I'd rather have a hot meal here than breakfast at my shelter," the 28-year-old aspiring tattoo artist said as he buried his teeth in the enormous sandwich. Snow, who is homeless, was the first customer of the day at a Subway sandwich shop on the outskirts of the gritty Tenderloin district.
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.
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.
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