Homeless Services are Supposed to Help.

I love Los Angeles and admire the DPSS programs and @SheilaKuehl the BOS member for my neighborhood. After 11 years of working with and around them I have a deep appreciation for them.
So imagine how horrified I am to find out that someone has been homeless for years and has been asking the system for help but not finding any relief.

I just spoke to a mother who “timed out” of the system years ago. When she went into the game program for assistance, her worker was the woman who replaced me at Maximus in Burbank. I know this worker. I trained this worker. This worker knows what to do. 

Nevertheless, this mother was never offered the opportunity to complete her high school diploma which is a major stepping stone chords finding permanent employment or earning enough money to end the poverty of her family. She was placed in a work training program which is a wonderful step but now she has to find her own permanent employment and she is greatly hindered by the lack of educational milestones. She was also not informed of the resources available to her children to pay to get them to school while she came to work. Her small subsidized paycheck has been used to pay for hotel rooms for her family and bus fare for her children. Theoretically the County of Los Angeles would be able to help her pay for the hotel room and get her into a shelter and I’d be paying for her children’s bus fare.
I know you think this may sound excessive and entitled. You are absolutely wrong. Parrots cannot go look for work if their children do not have a safe place to be. If they don’t have a safe home we can spend time in or childcare or somebody will watch them or a school where they can be supervised and learning, a mother or father is that tied to their children. You may have noticed an employer’s do not enjoy it when your bring your family to work with you. Addressing the child care issue and transportation for children is a major step and finding employment and ending poverty for their family. It is one of the reasons I really appreciate the DPSS program.
So this mother is staying in a hotel and connect it to the local shelter which is connected to DPSS and overseen by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. My suggestion is that she contact Sheila kuehl and ask for additional assistance and review of her case.

Just talking to this Mom, I could feel how helpless she was feeling and he’ll frustrated she was. I could see how the term and she’s been and also track all the positive step she’s been making to improve her life and the lives of her children. This mother is doing everything right and somehow everything is going wrong for her. I take it personally, because if I were still a gain worker, this would not be her situation. I hope.

Not Abused Enough?

Reasons to support @Urm,@abales and @Path.
I am on my coffee break and typing as fast as I can on my phone from the parking lot. Kamikaze Friday has begun.

The picture tells the tale.
A woman came in for help and 211 and all of my other handy numbers failed. I can’t find her or her boys a safe place to go.
Cindy at the Hope Gardens from Union Rescue Mission is my last hope. I emailed her and now I am waiting.
There are not enough shketers. Not enough beds. Too many obstacles.


There has got to be a better way. We called a domestic violence shelter who said they won’t take her without a police report and that without a restraining order she probably isn’t really abused.

What do you suggest?
On days like today I need 100 more @abales Reverend Andys.

Not Abused Enough?

Reasons to support @Urm,@abales and @Path.
I am on my coffee break and typing as fast as I can on my phone from the parking lot. Kamikaze Friday has begun.

The picture tells the tale.
A woman came in for help and 211 and all of my other handy numbers failed. I can’t find her or her boys a safe place to go.
Cindy at the Hope Gardens from Union Rescue Mission is my last hope. I emailed her and now I am waiting.
There are not enough shketers. Not enough beds. Too many obstacles.


There has got to be a better way. We called a domestic violence shelter who said they won’t take her without a police report and that without a restraining order she probably isn’t really abused.

What do you suggest?
On days like today I need 100 more @abales Reverend Andys.

If I Had a Magic Wand

The hard part of working with homeless families came at 4 :50 today. My computer still warm, keys freshly pulled from cabinet  locks ,  I was mentally  out the door when my name blurted from the overhead speakers. A woman and her 2 small children Had walked into the lobby with their world in a tall rolling suitcase. Her food stamp worker had directed her to find me.

If I had a magic wand ; my friends, oh if I had a wand.

I would create shelter space for disabled parents who can’t participate in Welfare to Work.

I would build family shelters for families of all sizes and types.

I would include one on one tutoring and door to door school bus transportation for homeless school aged kids.

And I would move families from my lobby into these shelters with one phone call and as few pieces of paper as possible.PicsArt_1398389104854

If I had a magic wand, I would not have to turn people out onto the streets because it was not possible to put a roof over them before I went to my own home.

However, all I have is an ink pen.


This totally sucks.





FAQ about Skid Row Los Angeles

What is Skid Row In the 1880’s all the trains heading west ended in Los Angeles. As the economy changed and people rode the rails looking for work and new lives, many ended up in LA; broke and broken. You can still see many of the train tracks in bits and pieces of the pavement throughout the area.

 Skid Row became formalized in a 1975 Redevelopment Plan with a “Policy of Containment”.  As a physical, mapable, geographic neighborhood also known as Central City East in downtown Los Angeles where low income and homeless individuals and families live in shelters, SRO’s and on the streets. Skid Row is often associated as the community of homeless people living in tents and boxes. Many social service outreach programs are located there as well.

 The original term Skid Row came from loggers who lived in a logging town where trees were skidded into the river as part of the Lumber Process. After the Lumber Industry dried up, many loggers stayed behind, jobless and homeless.

Where is Skid Row . According to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in April 2006; the official boundaries are Third and Seventh Streets to the north and south and Alameda and Main Streets to the east and west, respectively.
How long do people stay on Skid Row I can’t find a statistic on this. I m going tp speak from what I have witnessed.

Without serious and in depth outreach and outside intervention: Skid Row = Death Row and people become accustomed to it and never leave. They may transition from the streets to shelters to an SRO, but the longer they are there, the less likely they will leave.

What services are available to Homeless Residents LAMP Community 627 San Julian Street –

  • Public Toilets and Showers and Laundry Mat
  • Money Management Services
  • LAMP Art Project

Midnight Mission – 601 South San Pedro Street, Los Angeles

  • Project Safe Sleep – emergency overnight lodging
  • Day Room – respite center
  • Hot Meals – 3 daily
  • Showers and Shaves
  • Clothing
  • Mail Service
  • Food Boxes
  • Referrals – housing, mental health and other vital services

Union Rescue Mission 545 San Pedro St • Los Angeles

  • Family Shelter
  • Food
  • Learning center
  • Spiritual guidance
  • Health clinics

The Hippie Kitchen Hospitality Kitchen
821 E. 6th Street

  • Food! Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday 7:30am-12:45ppm

There are hundreds more: these are my favorites and in my experience: the best.


What rights do Homeless Folks have All the basic civil and legal rights afforded to all people. The right not to be touched and harassed by the Central city Security (Red shirts, yellow shirts, Purple shirted private security on bikes)The right to sit and sleep on the street between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. the ACLU fought for this window of time permitting sleep in violation of the Anti-Camping Law 41.18(d).
What is the crime rate on Skid Row  

I don’t know. It is probably not what the CCA (Central City Association) would have me believe.  If I can find a Central Division Police summary – I will let you know what the rates are and if they are going up or down legitimately. Sid Row is a place of politics and power with large companies wanting the poor out so they can redevelop and gentrify the neighborhood.  
Does anything need to change?
  • The poor will be poor until there is something that provides them with income – like jobs. There are few Help Wanted signs in the area.
  • Cash assistance should be paid directly to the shelter or hotel or SRO in the amount of the clients rent in order to prevent theft or misuse. Money management skills are sketchy, especially with the drug and alcohol addicted.
  • More health inspections of the shelters and places of tenancy. Rats, roaches, spiders, and mice are abundant.
  • Make the neighborhood livable; Put up shade trees and benches. Move in major grocery stores. Create more storage spaces for the homeless to securely keep their belongings. Increase the number of public shower and laundry facilities.
  • More collaboration of service agencies
  • Change the unspoken motto from Look how many people we helped to “Look – we helped so well that there are fewer people who need us!


What it Looks like Homeless Service Assistance Agencies are Doing


Agencies are always talking about statistics and numbers and how great the burden is. We are never told about how the numbers are counted. If I walk through the door twice – am I counted as 1 person or 2?

There are wonderful agencies and programs who actively serve as many people as possible and cross direct clients so they may have the best services and shortest time in poverty possible.

I think that the number we should be hearing about is the number of people moved to a point where they no linger need the services offered by the agency. I want a Success Rate – not a Service Number.

Women’s Shelters in California

If you or your children are a victim of domestic violence you should: 

  • Get yourself and your children to safety.
  • Call law enforcement (911) if you’re in immediate danger, are being threatened or being abused.
  • Press charges against the aggressor with the police.
  • File for a restraining order in your local family court.
  • Find the local domestic violence shelter and ask for help. 


Battered Service Action Center 134 E. 1st. Los Angeles CA 90012 Business #: 213-268-7568 Toll Free #: (800)548-2722

Center for the Pacific-Asian Family, Inc. 543 North Fairfax Ave., #108 Los Angeles CA 90036

Free Spirit/Chicana Service 134 East First Street Los Angeles CA 90012 Business #: 213-253-5959 Hotline/Crisis: 213-937-1312

Good Shepard Shelter P.O. Box 19487 Los Angeles CA Business #: 213-737-6111

Jenesse Center, Inc. P.O. Box 73837 Los Angeles CA 90003 Business #: 213-751-1145 Hotline/Crisis: 213-751-1145 Toll Free#: (800)479-7328

Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women 6043 Hollywood Blvd., Suite 200 Los Angeles CA 90028 Business #: 213-462-1281 Hotline/Crisis: 213-626-3393 Toll Free #: (310)392-8381

High Desert Domestic Violence Program 18930 Outer Hwy 18 Apple Valley CA 92307 Business #: 619-242-1468 Hotline/Crisis: 619-242-9179

Su Casa Family Crisis and Support Center P.O. Box 998 Artesia CA 90702 Business #: 310-402-7081 Hotline/Crisis: 310-402-4888

Alliance Against Family Violence P.O. Box 2054 Bakersfield CA 93303 Business #: 805-322-0931 Hotline/Crisis: 805-327-1091 Toll Free #: (800)433-7337

Dessert Sanctuary,Inc. P.O. Box 1781 Barstow CA 92312 Business #: 619-252-3441 Hotline/Crisis: 619-252-3441

Women’s Refuge P.O. Box 3298 Berkeley CA 94703 Business #: 510-658-7231 Hotline/Crisis: 510-547-4663

BEVERLY HILLS – Women Shelters California
Beverly Hills Center for Domestic Conflict 9401 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 730 Beverly Hills CA 90212 Business #: 310-275-0960 Hotline/Crisis: 310-275-0960

YWCA Marjaree Mason Transitional Living Center 1600 M Street Fresno CA 93721 Business #: 209-237-4701 Hotline/Crisis: 209-237-4701

Glendale YWCA Shelter 735 E Lexington Dr. Glendale CA 91206 Business #: 818-242-4155 Hotline/Crisis: 218-242-1106

Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus 619 13th Street, Suite 1 Modesto CA 95354 Business #: 209-576-0659 Hotline/Crisis: 209-577-5980 Toll Free #: (800)834-1990

Domestic Violence Shelter for Women/Children 2115 N. Fremont Blvd. Monterey CA 93940 Business #: 408-649-0834 Hotline/Crisis: 408-372-6300

A Safe Place P.O. Box 1075 Oakland CA 94604 Business #: (510) 986-8600 Hotline/Crisis: 510-536-7233 Fax: fax (510) 986-8606

Haven House, Inc. P.O. Box 50007 Pasadena CA 91115 Business #: 818-564-8880 Hotline/Crisis: 213-681-2626

Second Step Shelter 103 W. Torrance Blvd.,Suite 101 Redondo Beach CA 90277 Business #: 310-370-4712 Hotline/Crisis: 310-370-5902

Alternatives to Domestic Violence P.O. Box 910 Riverside CA 92502 Business #: 909-352-9262 Hotline/Crisis: 909-683-0829 Toll Free #: (800)339-SAFE

SACRAMENTO – Women Shelters California
WEAVE, Inc. P.O. Box 161356 Sacramento CA 95816 Business #: 916-448-2321 Hotline/Crisis: 916-920-2952

California Partnership to End Domestic ViolencePO BOx 1798Sacramento, CA 95812-1798Toll-free phone number(s):(800) 524-4765 (866) 484-4913 TTY Phone number(s):(916) 444-7163 Fax: (916) 444-7165

Salinas Women’s Crisis Center P.O. Box 1805 Salinas CA 93902 Business #: 408-757-1002 Hotline/Crisis: 408-757-1001

Option House, Inc. P.O. Box 970 San Bernadino CA 92402 Business #: 909-381-3471 Hotline/Crisis: 909-381-3471

Center for Women’s Studies and Services 2467 E Street San Diego CA 92102 Business #: 619-267-8023 Hotline/Crisis: 619-233-3088

YWCA Battered Women’s Services P.O. Box 126398 San Diego CA 92112 Business #: 619-239-2342 Hotline/Crisis: 619-234-3164

SAN FRANCISCO – Women Shelters California
Asian Women’s Shelter 3543 18th Street,#19 San Francisco CA 94110 Business #: 415-751-7110 Hotline/Crisis: 415-751-0880

Shalom Bayit P.O. Box 64048 San Francisco CA 94164 Business #: 415-241-8874

WOMAN, Inc. 333 Valencia St.,Suite 251 San Francisco CA 94103 Business #: 415-864-4777 Hotline/Crisis: 415-864-4722

La Casa de Las Madres 965 Mission Street, Suite 300 San Francisco CA 94103 Business #: 415-777-1808 Hotline/Crisis: 415-33-1515

Rosalie House 5616 Geary Blvd., Suite 207 San Francisco CA 94121 Business #: 415-255-2754 Hotline/Crisis: 415-255-0165

Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence 1181 North 4th Street, Suite A San Jose CA 95112 Business #: 408-279-7550 Hotline/Crisis: 408-279-2962

Shelter Services for Women, Inc. P.O. Box 1536 Santa Barbara CA 93102 Business #: 805-963-4458 Hotline/Crisis: 805-964-5245

Sojourn Services For Battered Women & Their Children P.O. Box 7081 Santa Monica CA 90406 Business #: 310-264-6646 Hotline/Crisis: 310-264-6644

Ventura County Coalition Against Household Violence 4882 McGrath, Suite 240 Ventura CA 93003 Business #: 805-656-3443 Hotline/Crisis: 805-656-1111

If you can’t find the women shelter nearest you in this list, try the:


Live Help 1(800)799-7233 – 24 hours

or the

at 1-800-656-4673.

Gifts to the Shelters are Tax Deductible.

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.


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


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.

What to Give a Homeless Child

It isn’t food, clothing, or shelter. What Homeless Children need is the same need you and I have. Stability.

Stability brings a sense of security.

Food, clothing and shelter are predicatable and not something that a chld with STABILITY has to worry about.

With stability, a child knows where they are sleeping every night. The same pillow, the same blanket, and the same four walls are more comforting than any security blanket Linus ever dragged around.

A child with stability does not constantly identify themselves as a “Homeless Kid”, they are just a kid who can worry about kid things;  “Where did I leave the Library book?,  Do I have homework, Am I one of the “Cool Kids?”.

A stable child develops emotionally and physically at a normal and healthy rate .

So when you are thinking of what you are willing to do to help out a needy child – ask yourself how you can best transform your effort and dollars into STABILITY for a child.

  • Can you take in a Foster Child?
  • Do you have friends who need a safe place to stay – and do you have room for them until the end of the school year?
  • Can you help a needy parent find employment or housing?
  • Can you donate to a shelter that offers long-term housing and a home-like environment, and hot meals  such as The Union Rescue Mission does?
  • Can you help your friends pay rent for one more month?

Homeless children don’t need strangers  to  preach to them  about God before they can eat or go to bed. Their poverty is probably not a result of their choices, personal finances or sin. They are kids for God’s sake!

Homeless Kids don’t need Lego’s or other toys that break down into many little pieces, or large toys that can not be taken from shelter to shelter or stored while they are in school and the parents are working or looking for work.

Homeless Kids need to be Just Kids, like everyone else.

This holiday season, if you want to give a really meaningful gift, give that. Give stability.