Pacoima , Facebook, and a man on the streets

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Homelessness is real  a nd affects everyone. Here, in Pacoima, this man is a fixture on a local street. The Facebook group for the neighborhood is learning the worst of all truths about homelessness: there is no easy cure.

There are no available shelter beds.
We can’t find a place for him to sleep
MEND doesn’t open for Homeless services until Tuesday.

211 has been called.
LAHSA has been called.
Foothill Police Division has been called.

He us still on the street.

The wonderful people here have brought him food and clothes and kept him company.

But even with a whole city behind him :we can’t cure his homelessness.

His name is Jose. I want to know what Jose wants to do. Does he want to be housed? If so, where?

Dear @LAHSA and Mike Arnold

I am aware, I am doing something – so could we help the homeless kids in my neighborhood? How will you know when we are aware enough to meet your standards?  Is there a bell we are supposed to ring, a flag to capture, a special dance that will signal success to you?

Did you really tell @URM “You need to shut your front door to families with children, and leave them on the streets in their communities, so that the communities’ social consciousness will be elevated, and they will step up and provide services to their neighbors.”  ?

I provide service to my neighbors. I really do.

I leave full lunches at church for the Good Samaritan Cupboard that all Arcadia places of worship host.

I donate to The Unity Center and participate in the Angel Tree. – Heck, I brought 90 Angels to work for my coworkers to help me out with.

I donate and volunteer for MEND in Pacoima in the -OTHER- Valley.

And in my free time I hang out in the Welfare system , helping poor moms and dads become self-sustaining.

WHEN will it be enough so that you will support other agencies – who can and do serve hundreds of children at once – where as I can only do a few a day?

I tell my HOUSED neighbors and friends about the needs of others.

I recruit their assistance.

WHEN WILL IT BE ENOUGH ?!?!?

♥ read more http://www.urmblog.org/2011/06/30/a-very-interesting-meeting/

URM vs LAHSA

Why doesn’t LAHSA see the @URM is how the community is stepping up to help homeless children? Or are my donations and volunteer time not a community effort?

♥ read more :http://blog.fulldisclosure.net/2011/07/county-of-los-angeles-versus-union.html#comment-form

By the way: people in need still have the right to choose where they will have those needs filled. No one is forcing them to listen to a sermon in order to get a meal. There are several food banks, soup kitchens, homeless outreach providers. The URM just happens to be one of the best.

winter shelter 2010-2011

 

Winter Shelter Hotline

Phone: 1-800-548-6047   TDD: 1-800-660-4026

(For the deaf and hearing disabled) Internet Website Address: www.lahsa.org

for  the full schedule and list of pick up points – read this document –  it is a PDF http://www.lahsa.org/docs/wintershelter/11-29-2010-2010-2011-WSP-Shelter-Locations-and-Transportation-Guide.pdf

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥here is a little of the info ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
 

 

Service Planning Area: 1 (Antelope Valley) – Begins November 1, 2010

Catholic Charities (35 bed program)

44611 Yucca Avenue, Lancaster, CA (661) 945-7524

 

Department of Mental Health 349 E. Avenue K-6, Lancaster, CA 3:00 P.M.

Mental Health Association 43423 Division, Lancaster, CA 3:10 P.M.

Antelope Valley Access Center 45134 N. Sierra Highway, Lancaster, CA 3:20 P.M.

 

Service Planning Area: 2 (San Fernando Valley)

Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation (40 bed program)

23029 Drayton Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91355 (661) 312-8566

 

Canyon Country Library 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 5:45 P.M.

New Hall Metrolink Station 24300 Railroad Avenue, Newhall, CA (Behind the bus stop and in front of the Newhall Metrolink Station) at 6:10 P.M.

 

Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation (125 bed program)

12860 Arroyo Drive, Sylmar, CA 91342 (661) 312-8480

 

NOTE: THE SHELTER LOCATED AT A12860 ARROYO DRIVE IN SYLMAR WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVERAL DATES DURING THIS SEASON. WHEN THESE DATES ARE MADE AVAILABLE TO US WE WILL UPDATE THIS SITE, SO PLEASE CHECK PERIODICALLY BACK TO THIS SITE FOR UPDATES. IN ADDITION: WALK-IN CLIENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AT THE SYLMAR SHELTER. CLIENTS MUST EITHER GO TO THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION PICK-UP POINTS OR DRIVE TO THE SYLMAR SHELTER TO ACCESS SERVICES.

 

Closed County Service Center 7555 Van Nuys Blvd. Parking lot behind the building 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

Foothill Blvd., Home Depot Bus Stop In front of the Home Depot between McClay and Arroyo 6:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.

 

EIMAGO (150 bed program)

220 E. Colorado Blvd. Glendale, CA 91205 (213) 435-4010

 NOTE: THE SHELTER LOCATED AT 220 E. COLORADO BLVD. IN GLENDALE WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE FOLLOWING DATES (DECEMBER 4TH-9TH, DECEMBER 10TH-12TH, JANUARY 6TH-9TH, AND FEBRUARY 11TH-12TH)

 

Glendale Bus tokens may be picked up at 451 1/3 N. Front Street from 3:00 – 4:30 P.M. (Parking lot on Front Street at the Magnolia Overpass) After picking up tokens please take the Metro Line 92 from the Burbank Metrolink Station to the shelter.

 

The LAHSA Winter Shelter Guidelines

are fascinating. Much thought and planning has gone into serving the population who uses the shelters and the areas that host them. I am giving you the link to the handbook : it is 54 pages, but here are some highlights:

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Important Fact #1 – what is provided: Sink, toilet, shower, cot and a clean blanket. The blanket will be labeled with your name and sealed during the day.

Important Fact #2 – Who is appropriate: Families and Single Adults can not be housed together. This means that some places may need to secure Motel/Hotel vouchers.

Important Fact #3-You are not a number. you will be seen as an individual and directed to services and resources relevent to your situation. This includes Case management, and follow-up by trained staff.

Read More—♥♥♥♥—http://www.lahsa.org/docs/funding/2010-Targeted-Winter-Shelter-Program-Hollywood-VanNuys-RFP-FINAL.pdf

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I have only been to the Winter Shelter in the Glendale Armory – I volunteered a few nights last year and dropped of decorations on Christmas Eve. Keep your ears open for ways that you can step in and see what steps are being taken to end homelessness on a person to person level.

December 1, 2010 Winter Shelter

December 1 is the start of Winter Shelter in Los Angeles County.

Their web page has not been updated with the 2010-2011 scheadule – however they do post an overview of the project:

“LAHSA’s Winter Shelter Program (WSP) runs annually from December 1 through March 15. This season, the WSP will increase the number of emergency shelter beds by approximately 1,650 beds at 14 locations throughout the City & County. In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each winter shelter provides meals and access to services and supportive housing.

LAHSA is fortunate to partner with local service providers to administer the day-to-day operations of each program. This season, Catholic Charities, East San Gabriel Valley Coalition, EIMAGO, Inc., Long Beach Rescue Mission, MJB Recovery, People Helping People, Pomona Neighborhood Center, The Salvation Army, and the Santa Clarita Community Development Corporation will operate shelters in Bell, Burbank, Culver City, West LA, the East San Gabriel Valley, Lancaster, Long Beach, Pomona, Santa Clarita, Sylmar, Compton, Downtown LA and South LA.

Access to winter shelters is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Those in need of emergency shelter can access free transportation to a winter shelter via 36 pick-up points throughout the City & County. For a full listing of shelter schedules and pick-up points, click on the PDF document at the top of this page.

LAHSA has administered the Winter Shelter Program since 1994. The program is funded by the City & County of Los Angeles, with the support of the California National Guard. Last winter, the WSP provided emergency shelter and services to 8,605 homeless individuals and 620 homeless families. Over the course of the season, the program provided over 154,000 shelter nights and served over 308,000 meals to persons in need.”

For the most current information, please access the following hotline and/or website: 
Internet Website Address: www.lahsa.org http://www.lahsa.org/winter_shelter_program.asp 

 

 

 

Winter Shelter Hotline Phone:

1-800-548-6047

 

 

57 kids homeless in Glendale CA

in 2009.  approximately 250 adults were homeless as well. The number of people served by the Winter shelter program in Glendale was almost double this year from last year.

A couple of times this season I went to The Winter Shelter. It is in the Glendale Armory (having it in Burbank caused a lot of NIMBY-ism) in the main ground floor room. Army cots are set up in rows, a television is in the corner and a couple of food tables are off to the side. When you walk in the door you are met by a friendly but firm security officer who searches your possessions for anything banned or harmful and then you are directed to sign in at the desk.

The process seemed smooth and occasionally eventful – just because any group of people will be unpredictable.  Some clients of the shelter are holding down jobs and sleeping there at night, others may or may not have eaten during the day, some are homeless for the first time and completely overwhelmed.  And almost every night a family or two…or three with children would come to the door and need separate shelter in motels or local shelters.

The Winter Shelter is a special kindness funded by many sources and  a program that often has no where to happen. When the armed services needs to gather the troops in the Armory – those who sleep there have no where to go.

No churches open up their sanctuaries, no temples offer space, and even an empty warehouse or unused office space can make a difference to those with nowhere to go.

Yes, some of the faces are the same each year – but many of them are new and hopefully many of them are also receiving outreach services from The Union Rescue Mission and PATH Achieve so that next year they will be self-sufficient and in housing of their own procurement.

It is possible, and it can be done. But it won’t be done if you have access or know someone with access to space and services but keep this need to yourself.

Speak up. There are 57 homeless children in Glendale that we know of. I promise you that there are well over a hundred. I know this because their parents are my clients.

Volunteer to serve in an outreach agency, ask yourself if you can cause any space to be available for shelter, and let us have fewer children seeking shelter next winter.

Feds’ Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program – TIME

Interesting article in TIME which makes the point that without a stable place to stay, how can anything become stable in your life?

Feds’ Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program – TIME

If you are homeless in LA: This is the address to the FAQ http://www.hudhre.info/index.cfm?do=viewFaqs

Points of Contact for Homeless Persons:

Los Angeles

Jeanette Rowe
Director of Programs
Homeless Services Authority
453 S. Spring St.
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: 213-683-3333
Fax: 213-892-0093
E-mail: jrowe@lahsa.org
Web Site: http://www.lahsa.org

LAHSA to get contract

From the Board of Supervisors adgenda on June 2:
Recommendation: Award and instruct the Chairman to sign a sole-source
contract with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority for the provision
of emergency shelter services to homeless CalWORKs Welfare-to-Work
participants at a three-year cost of $8,684,244, effective July 1, 2009
through June 30, 2012, fully funded with CalWORKs Single Allocation;
authorize the Director of Public Social Services to prepare and execute
amendments to the contract for any increase or decrease, of no more than
15% of the total contract amount; also authorize the Director to provide the
contractor with up to three advance payments per fiscal year to cover
contractor’s operational/administrative costs, not to exceed one-twelfth of
the annual contract amount or $241,229, with the County to fully recoup all
advances by June 30th of the current fiscal year. APPROVE (Department
of Public Social Services) (09-1161)
————— personal note: This would be awesome – if only the LAHSA staff would answer the telephone when I call them with someone who needs shelter!