open winter shelter and prevent the cost of sick and wet neighborsRead More It’s raining, and the old man is asleep on the sidewalk getting soaked
Today I had a new staff member join my team. It will be their job to work inside of a hospital emergency room and talk to clients who come in who are homeless, specifically those who are homeless with mental health or substance use issues. While the same person has worked gently with Medical systems […]Read More New Eyes, Welcome to Hell
I have been taking part of a Facebook group run by channel 7 ABC. They are discussing homelessness and solutions and issues. But mostly it’s just a place for people to fight about homelessness. Some people think that all homeless people are criminals, they are illegal aliens or choosing homelessness. They accuse these street residents […]Read More Homelessness is Bad. The Homeless are Just People.
Should Los Angeles tow the RVs people live in on the streets of Los Angeles? Me? I don’t think so any person wants to live in an RV but this “housing adjacent” state is better than being on the street proper. It is storage for food that stretches food budgets, it is privacy and a […]Read More AB 516 at LA City Hall
Today I was in the Union Rescue Mission for the second time. The first time I went inside the building , I was pregnant with Darla and snuck out of Maternity triage to serve Thanksgiving dinner with the crew and cast of The Bold and the Beautiful (@BandB_CBS). I was not prepared for what I […]Read More URM the Difference
The hardest part of advocating for people who have severe, immediate, life threatening needs is saying, “I know what you need, but I can’t offer that today.” As advocates we see people who have lost connections to their family, have a “street family” but no real friendships with housed individuals, and our street top sleeping neighbors […]Read More The Hardest Part of Advocating for People with Intense Needs
Can you imagine being a female and homeless? Darla is going to find out tonight, even though I have a cold. I want her to know why it is important to care for our neighbours. I want her to feel the cold and the fear and desperation so she understands that it is real and […]Read More #Shedoes
In “the Bible Corrected by God” God is changing the captions of the rich to “poor” and vice versa. It was super windy in Los Angeles last night. The screen blue off of my bedroom window. As I walked across my front yard and then started trying to try to catch up with the tumbling […]Read More Wealth vs Worth in 1 Picture
Hey guys, So we’ve been hanging out here for over a decade (if you have been here since the beginning). When I started this in an Excalibur hotel room in Las Vegas, I was a little buzzed and talking to my friends Bonnie and Isabel. They did not understand why I spend my days on […]Read More FAILURE . . .
Where are the homeless people living? Here is an interactive map to show you the Homeless Count numbers. That state on the far left… yep, that’s where I live and work: right under the big red teardrop. National Alliance to End Homelessness: 2015 Homeless Counts Map.Read More National Alliance to End Homelessness: 2015 Homeless Counts Map