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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.
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February 9, 2007 | Carla Hall, Times Staff Writer
On any given day in the six city-run animal shelters, there are roughly 1,000 dogs, cats and rabbits, most available for adoption. On average, 56 are adopted daily and 50 are euthanized -- or killed, as private animal welfare groups bluntly put it. A "no-kill" policy is the holy grail for municipal shelters nationwide.
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December 2, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A major change in the routine at the San Fernando Valley's only winter emergency shelter will allow the area's homeless to find relief from the cold and rain 24 hours a day. From Dec. 16 through Feb. 28, the Trudy and Norman Louis Valley Shelter will be among three to stay open all day and night, unlike previous years when hundreds of homeless men, women and children marked time on the streets until nightfall, when the facilities reopened.
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January 2, 2002 | GARRETT THEROLF, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just before serving Thanksgiving dinner on skid row, the volunteers gathered for their orientation. "I'm Dick Riordan," the gubernatorial hopeful and former Los Angeles mayor said with a grin and a wave. "I'm Bonnie Hunt," the actress said as she prepared to put on an apron. "I'm John Tesh," the musician and former "Entertainment Tonight" host said, wearing jeans for the dirty work.
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December 26, 1998 | K. CONNIE KANG
It's Wednesday evening inside a Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hollywood, and about 130 hungry men and women are looking forward to dinner--for some, their first hot meal in days. Many are street people traveling with bundles. Others have a place to stay, but augment their government checks by finding a free meal whenever they can.
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August 28, 1995 | TIM MAY
With the opening of the Family Violence Project's new emergency battered women's shelter Friday, the number of official safe havens for abused women in the San Fernando Valley will double. "This is only the second such shelter for abused women and their children in the entire Valley," said the shelter's director, Lynn Moriarty, at a dedication ceremony for the facility.
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December 9, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES
A nonprofit organization for homeless women and children will host a reception Friday at its North Hollywood shelter to celebrate the presentation of a $50,000 grant from the UPS Foundation. The Women's Care Cottage, which served more than 6,000 women and children last year through its San Fernando Valley shelter and day drop-in center, was selected by the UPS Foundation from hundreds of organizations throughout Southern California, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii.
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August 3, 1999
A new building at the Hillview Mental Health Center that offers services for homeless adults with severe mental disabilities was celebrated with an opening ceremony Monday. The building actually opened in February, but officials waited until Monday to celebrate. "We wanted to be up and running before having this event," said Eva McCraven, Hillview executive director. "We are full, with 15 people living there now."
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November 30, 1999 | MARNELL JAMESON
A garden spot worlds away from the tranquillity of the San Juan Capistrano mission is Dome Village, which sprouted up six years ago amid downtown L.A.'s urban blight, thanks to a volunteer effort. In 1993, the area was a parking lot, plagued with vermin, where homeless people lived in squalor. The lot was sandwiched between the 110 Freeway and a series of skyscrapers. The neighborhood was peppered with tagging, gang activity and decay.
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September 24, 1999
The phones at Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights rang nonstop Thursday as people from around Los Angeles called to offer donations to keep the church's homeless shelter open. The 13-year-old Guadalupe Homeless Project, which houses day laborers and migrant workers who have nowhere else to go, lost a bid for continued federal funding earlier this year. With few other resources, the staff did not know if they could stay open past the end of this month.
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November 19, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christine remembers the nights she sold her body on the streets for food and a place to sleep, but she doesn't dwell on those memories anymore. Instead, the 16-year-old with long, dark hair and a broad smile looks forward to going to college and becoming a doctor--dreams she's nurtured as a resident of Children of the Night, a Van Nuys shelter for sexually abused children and former child prostitutes.
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November 9, 2001 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission, a regional nonprofit organization serving the homeless and poor, dedicated its new facilities in North Hollywood on Thursday. The property at Saticoy Street and Varna Avenue has two buildings totaling 25,000 square feet of warehouse and office space, agency officials said. The 15,000-square-foot building will house a thrift shop scheduled to open next month, officials said.
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October 12, 2001 | JOCELYN Y. STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As soon as her children grew up and left home, the "others" took over Judy Kerrigan's life. The one who called herself "Erica" dyed Kerrigan's hair purple and stole a car. "Polly" had Kerrigan climbing under furniture and sucking her thumb when she was afraid. "Jane" played the earth mother. And there were many more. Those alternate personalities, combined with alcohol and drug abuse, left Kerrigan's life in a hopeless state of disarray.
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July 4, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There are not many monuments to hope on the tattered, desperate streets of downtown Los Angeles' skid row. But on a dusty block of Fifth Street, at the corner of San Julian Street, where misery is often palpable, a modest symbol of renewal is rising. The 100-year-old Southern Hotel, gutted, with its bones on display like a clanky skeleton, is still mostly in shambles. But taking shape are 55 rooms that will house homeless veterans in need of as much rehabilitation as the hotel itself.
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May 4, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A social services agency that runs a shelter for battered women has sued Pacific Bell, alleging that the company printed the shelter's confidential address in its July 1999 White Pages telephone book. Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles was forced to immediately close the shelter and move its residents, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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April 11, 2000 | FERNANDO J. GUERRA, Fernando J. Guerra is director of the Center of the Study of Los Angeles and an associate professor of political science and Chicano Studies at Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles is facing many challenges today, none more acute than the shortage of housing. It goes beyond the basic challenge of too few homes for too many people. As the economy grows, the demand for homes increases, but the incentive for the private sector to build homes decreases. The disincentives emerge in part because capital is more interested in chasing fast and easier returns in the stock market than in the real estate market.
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November 3, 1994 | CARLA RIVERA
Against a backdrop of grainy photographs of more than 50 Los Angeles women killed last year by their spouses or boyfriends, county officials Wednesday unveiled a new toll-free hot line offering victims of domestic violence advice on how to protect themselves and their children. The number is (800) 978-3600.
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May 4, 2000 | SUE FOX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A social services agency that runs a shelter for battered women has sued Pacific Bell, alleging that the company printed the shelter's confidential address in its July 1999 White Pages telephone book. Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles was forced to immediately close the shelter and move its residents, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
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March 29, 2000 | SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON and ANNETTE KONDO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Census takers and their helpers worked to count the homeless Tuesday, fanning out through Southern California soup kitchens, street corners, encampments, underpasses and beaches, a daunting brigade to a population accustomed to being ignored. "I'm not sure people with flashlights are the happiest thing for a homeless person to see," said Mark, 57, shortly after one clipboard-bearing team questioned him and a buddy in Pasadena's Memorial Park.
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December 5, 1999 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Daryl Sabo was homeless, he kept warm by lying next to dryers in laundermats in Tujunga and Sunland. He inserted one coin after another into the machines during the cold Valley nights. "I would just curl up to it," Sabo remembered. Sabo has been homeless off and on for a decade since becoming addicted to drugs. But he said he has been clean for three months after completing a substance abuse recovery program.
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