A New Look at Housing Solutions

The housing crisis in Los Angeles is complex and multi-layered. Exploring the housing development terrain takes patience and effort. A group of students at USC spent close to 40 hours during the 2020 spring semester learning and producing a podcast on policy housing in Los …

Help Us Champion Housing as a Human Right

It is time to declare that housing is a human right and ensure access to this basic human need for all people.  We know that lack of access to housing reduces life expectancy by an average of 20 years and harms health in multiple ways. It …

Safe Parking Program Available in Westlake and Glassell Park

Our Safe Parking Program in Westlake and Glassell Park in our district currently has openings. The lot is operated by the Shower of Hope under contract with the LA Homeless Services Authority and each lot can accommodate up to 20 vehicles nightly.  We changed the contact number and added our new Mobile Laundry Truck service at each site …

Progress and Challenges for Homelessness

(USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work’s Bits & Bytes, June 1, 2018) My heart goes out to our 53, 195 (LAHSA 2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count) homeless neighbors throughout Los Angeles county facing daily struggle, hopelessness, and desperation as they search for a safe place to …

It Takes a Village with an Army

By Brenda Wiewel, Director, USC Initiative to Eliminate Homelessness Is it a “just” a crisis or should our leaders officially declare a “state of emergency” on homelessness, one attendee at the recent USC Summit on Homelessness in Los Angeles wondered.  The county homeless initiative dashboard shows …

L.A. County honored by National Alliance to End Homelessness

(L.A. County Chairman’s Office, October 27, 2017) The National Alliance to End Homelessness honored Los Angeles County at its 2017 Innovation and Excellence Awards in Washington D.C. The Alliance praised the County’s Homeless Initiative and Measure H, which over the next five years is expected to …