Looking to escape ‘endless’ litigation, L.A. is open to federal oversight for homelessness

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, left, walks on skid row with LAPD Officer Deon Joseph and the Rev. Andy Bales, chief executive of the Union Rescue Mission. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times) By BENJAMIN ORESKES, DAVID ZAHNISER APRIL 25, 2020 The Los Angeles City Council has authorized City Atty. Mike Feuer to begin discussions…

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The Current Status of Los Angeles Homelessness

Los Angeles has the second largest unsheltered homeless population in the United States. According to the homeless street count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (“LAHSA”) in May 2016, there are almost 46,874 people currently experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County; compared with the previous year, that represents an increase of 2,515 people or 5.7% from 2015 (44,359). Of those counted by LAHSA, 74% were unsheltered. The leading factor contributing to this approximately 6% increase seems to be a severe shortage of affordable housing. The soaring rent has driven up the homeless population, forcing people to live outdoors in tents, shanties, cars and RVs, if they can possess one. The situation has escalated to the point that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors moved to declare homelessness a statewide emergency in August. That same month, the Los Angeles City Council voted to ask the Governor to declare homelessness a statewide emergency.

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Senate Votes on Protections for LGBT Homeless Youth

The U.S. Senate took a vote on protecting LGBT homeless youth from discrimination. During the Senate’s consideration of human trafficking legislation, Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Susan Collins (R-ME) offered the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act (RHYTPA) as an amendment. Read More

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L.A. City Council calls for new plan to get homeless off the streets

Signaling a more assertive approach on homelessness, five Los Angeles City Council members introduced a measure, they want to create a council committee focused exclusively on the problem, which costs the city $100 million a year, according to a scathing report issued last week by City Administrative Officer Miguel A. Santana. He described the city’s…

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NY advocates, legislators push for further restrictions on prison solitary confinement

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, along with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and other Bay Area community leaders, gathered at the Veterans Memorial near San Francisco City Hall Wednesday to announce a 33 percent national decrease of homeless veterans since the White House and U.S. Department of Veterans…

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Homeless Children and Youth Act Introduced

The bills would amend the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act to expand HUD’s definition of “homelessness” to include unaccompanied children and youth designated as homeless under other federal statutes such as the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and the Higher Education Act. This change would mean that children and youth who are living in “doubled up”…

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