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January 6, 2001
Two San Fernando Valley domestic violence shelters were among five recognized recently by Los Angeles County Supervisors for outstanding service to women and children. The Didi Hirsch Via Avanta Domestic Violence Program in Pacoima, Valley Oasis Shelter in Antelope Valley and three others, one from each supervisorial district, were chosen from the more than 88 shelters in the county to be honored at the second annual Domestic Violence Shelter Awards held in downtown Los Angeles.
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January 6, 2001 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN
A Santa Clarita shelter for the homeless, long delayed when sponsors were unable to find a permanent site, will open a temporary facility with a ceremony today. Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste will join members of the nonprofit Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., which operates the shelter, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the site, at 20850 Redview Road. Operations will begin at 6 tonight, with the shelter to be open nightly from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 4, 1998 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
There are plenty of hard-luck stories at Santa Clarita's first homeless shelter. To find them, though, you have to dig a little harder than you normally would in a gathering of the down and out. The dozen or so nightly guests in the cavernous former cosmetics warehouse that has been turned into a shelter appear modestly clothed, but not disheveled. Their eyes may dart a bit or bear telltale red streaks, but they lack the hollow, beaten cast of the long-term destitute.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2001
Two San Fernando Valley domestic violence shelters were among five recognized recently by Los Angeles County Supervisors for outstanding service to women and children. The Didi Hirsch Via Avanta Domestic Violence Program in Pacoima, Valley Oasis Shelter in Antelope Valley and three others, one from each supervisorial district, were chosen from the more than 88 shelters in the county to be honored at the second annual Domestic Violence Shelter Awards held in downtown Los Angeles.
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June 2, 1993 | ED BOND
Construction of a shower, bathroom and laundry room for the homeless has been completed at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center and could open Monday, the head of the center said. "Most people take showers for granted so they don't realize how good a shower can make us feel about life," said Cherie Combs, executive director of the center, which gives food and other help to the poor in Burbank.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2001 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN
A Santa Clarita shelter for the homeless, long delayed when sponsors were unable to find a permanent site, will open a temporary facility with a ceremony today. Santa Clarita Mayor Laurene Weste will join members of the nonprofit Santa Clarita Community Development Corp., which operates the shelter, for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. at the site, at 20850 Redview Road. Operations will begin at 6 tonight, with the shelter to be open nightly from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1998
Fulfilling a lease-swap agreement, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to lease a second building to a nonprofit agency planning to build a homeless center, a port spokesman said. The port will lease the buildings on 12th Street to the San Diego-based Alpha Project, which in return is handing over leasing rights to a parcel of the former Long Beach Naval Station, said spokesman Art Wong.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 3, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Just when it looked like homeless men and women were going to be left out in the cold, the county has decided to extend its emergency shelter programs through April 30. The additional month of operation, approved Wednesday by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, is being financed by about $300,000 in unused funds from shelters that underspent their seasonal budget allocations, program manager Paul Rossi said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 1998 | KARIMA A. HAYNES and SUE McALLISTER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Every morning since mid-November, hundreds of homeless men and women have emerged from the Glendale armory, rested and fed to make it through another day. But today there will be a major change in their routine: They will have to find another place to stay because, as luck would have it, the county has shut down its 24 emergency shelters for the season just as the weather has turned unseasonably cold. Funding from the county allows the facilities to open every night between Nov. 18 and Feb.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 11, 1997
Advocates for the homeless in Long Beach are scrambling to find a site to use as a shelter during severe weather after Gov. Pete Wilson vetoed a bill that would have allowed the city to use a National Guard armory. The armory at Seventh Street and Alamitos Avenue housed up to 180 people a night during cold or rainy weather between last November and March, said Rev. Leon Wood, president of the Homeless Coalition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2000 | MARTHA L. WILLMAN
In response to widespread pledges of support from the community, the Santa Clarita City Council on Friday authorized a temporary shelter for the homeless on a city-owned site after attempts to find a permanent location failed. In a special session, the council allocated $25,000 to operate the shelter in five modular buildings to be set up in a parking lot at the city's sports complex at 26407 Golden Valley Road. The facility, which will provide beds for up to 30 men and 15 women, will open Jan.
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November 13, 2000 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When they arrive at the door of Impact Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center--some still drunk or high--they surrender their tattered lives to schedules and rules. Beds must be made by 7:30 a.m. Daily showers are recorded on sign-up sheets. No more than six changes of clothing are allowed. Men and women are kept apart. There's plenty of talk therapy, much of it based on 12-step programs and individual counseling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 11, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA and DAVID REYES, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With rain forecast this weekend and the chill of winter already beginning to bite, cold-weather shelters in Orange County are at, or close to, their limit. "I'm sure by 6 p.m. [Friday] everything will be at capacity here," said Jim Palmer, director of the Orange County Rescue Mission, which has facilities in Santa Ana and Tustin. "Traditionally, the first week of a cold snap, this is always the case. Lots of people and not enough beds."
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July 8, 2000 | CARLA RIVERA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new study of Los Angeles County's cold weather shelters offers a sobering assessment of the homeless people who use them, finding that most resist the restrictions of traditional shelter programs and appear to have more mental illness and substance abuse problems than the general homeless population. The study released Friday by the nonprofit Shelter Partnership is the first to examine the people who use the cold weather shelters.
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May 23, 2000 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ronald H. Banner started small in 1988, opening a modest treatment center for addicts in Rose Park, an aging Long Beach neighborhood filled with turn-of-the century bungalows. Then he began buying the surrounding real estate, steadily building a portfolio of more than 20 buildings that were converted into treatment facilities and sober-living homes for an expanding client list. Virtually all are in the same square block.
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November 14, 1999 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jess Ponce Jr. had never told anyone how his life had begun to change one year, 10 months, 10 days and 12 hours earlier when his 20-year-old girlfriend "traded up for something better." Maureen Thompkins had kept inside how she became homeless for the first time when she ran away after her aunt beat her with an extension cord for refusing to eat pigs feet. Leighton Banks had chased for more than 20 years the high he felt in a jam session with Stevie Wonder and Tito Puente at his parents' home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1992 | CAROL WATSON and GREG BRAXTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Valerie Bates wasn't going to let a closed road keep her from picking up her 4-year-old daughter from a day-care center in Palmdale. She took a plane home. Bates, 32, a computer consultant, was working in Sylmar when she learned, like thousands of others Tuesday, that snow had closed off all routes to the Antelope Valley. "I panicked," Bates said Wednesday. "I called the school and spoke to my daughter. She was upset.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 1998
A Los Angeles businessman's donation to Boys Town USA will be used to institute a group home in this area, officials said Thursday. The home is scheduled to open as a Boys Town facility March 1, said Father Val J. Peter from Boys Town's Omaha headquarters. He said the donor asked to remain anonymous. The national, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization cares for troubled youths and families in crisis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 12, 1999 | ZANTO PEABODY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jess Ponce Jr. had never told anyone how his life had begun to change one year, 10 months, 10 days and 12 hours earlier when his 20-year-old girlfriend "traded up for something better." Maureen Thompkins had kept inside how she became homeless for the first time when she ran away after her aunt beat her with an extension cord for refusing to eat pigs feet. Leighton Banks had chased for more than 20 years the high he felt in a jam session with Stevie Wonder and Tito Puente at his parents' home.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 1998
Fulfilling a lease-swap agreement, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has voted to lease a second building to a nonprofit agency planning to build a homeless center, a port spokesman said. The port will lease the buildings on 12th Street to the San Diego-based Alpha Project, which in return is handing over leasing rights to a parcel of the former Long Beach Naval Station, said spokesman Art Wong.
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