Drama …

I had somebody knowingly expose me to COVID this week and so now I am on self isolation. Let me tell you how hard this is with a 9-year-old in the house who just is a love bug and she likes to hug and cuddle and kiss and I love it. Except now we can’t do any of that and we can’t even be in the same room because personal space means nothing to her.

So it is very very very freaking very heartbreakingly hard. Now you know.

My desk

When I am at work, I am also self isolating. That means I am locked into my office and talking to everybody through the phone and through Microsoft teams.

Super extra really glad that I own stock in Microsoft.

Today we had drunk people and theft and creepy video monitor guy and death and just a lot of confusion and collaboration.

One thing I will for sure say is that I feel very needed at work right now.

And that’s not great.

My absolute dream is to not be needed at work. I want there to be no homeless people and no crisis and everybody to be happy healthy and well-adjusted. This whole covet pandemic is the absolute opposite of all of that.

So, how did your day go?

Purple is my favorite color. My staff gave me this as a birthday gift. I always have an oil diffuser making my space smell yummy.
I had to clean up my space so it looked nice and my team’s meetings. It turns out I have a lot of really kooky odds and ends.

Back to Work Today

I am getting dressed and my first stop will be the women’s shelter.

But I’m not allowed to wear a mask, my employer won’t let me wear a mask, and I’m also discouraged from working at home (because how much work will I really get done?!?). The Covid-19 death toll is climbing in LA. Other shelters are posting photos with the CEO and staff wearing masks. Mine? Nope. We can’t even wear home made cloth masks to protect others from our own germs.

My daughter can school from home, but I can’t work from home?!?

It’s pretty reckless. It is also scary, for me, and for my daughter.

I can’t ask anyone to watch her because she site in the car, less than 3 feet away from me. There is no “Social Distancing” there. Anything I breathe into her can be taken into a house or shared with someone who loves her enough to watch her in a pandemic.

I don’t mind being an “essential employee”, but I am angry that I’m not essential enough to be protected by my employer.

March 29 Homeless Corona Updates

Breaking from LA City Council

  1. A complete ban on all evictions failed by one vote (Screenshot 1 & 2).

Bob Blumenfield, Joe Buscaino, John Lee, Mitch O’Farrell, and Monica Rodriguez voted against. Curren Price and Paul Kerokian recused themselves.

  1. Temporary ban on evictions is upheld but renters need to prove the eviction was coronavirus related which is insane. Insane because the reality is renters will have to afford legal counsel to successfully defeat a landlord in court.

via Ace Katano, Steve Ducey, Seth Pierson

March 27th – Updates to services re COVID-19

Hello,

Things are changing fast in the world and we are doing our best to keep up. Please let me know if there are any Homeless Related services or questions you want to be researched and answered. HANG IN THERE!

Here are updates for you, March 27th.

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Always a good first call, and their information should constantly be up to date

DMV https://www.dmv.ca.gov/

Closed to the public at this time. All existing appointments have been canceled and no new appointments can be made. There is no end date to this change so far.

You may use the Kiosks and the internet to process transactions. This means that Free and Low-Cost ID forms can’t be processed or received at this time.

Kiosks near me in the Valley:

Northridge – Vons

Arleta Field Office : Closed to COVID-19

Van Nuys Field Office: Closed to COVID – 19

Reseda – Vons

Tarzana – Vons

HOPE of the Valley

The shelter is still open and currently, the guests may stay 24 hours a day and shelter in place.

Residents in the shelter can shower every day as the Mobile Shower Truck is parked on sight for the foreseeable future

Temperatures of all residents are checked 3 times a day and they practice Social Distancing.

Pop Up Shelters are open at

Granada Hills

16730 Chatsworth St, Granada Hills, CA 91344

North Hollywood  Recreation Center

11430 Chandler Blvd

 

New shelters are set to open soon.  They are seeking donations of  clothes for men and women, especially sweats and jackets, shoes, and feminine hygiene products,

 

 

Hand Washing Stations

Click this link for a map of handwashing stations https://lahsa.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=20da4ef768994b469bf0cc073047a014

Locations around us include
15350 Oxnard St, Los Angeles, 91401

Parthenia St & Reseda Blvd, Los Angeles, 91324

Saticoy St & Reseda Blvd, Los Angeles, 91335

Sherman Way & Shoup Ave, Los Angeles, 91307 – near the Providence Mobile House

6837 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303 – several by Canoga Park High which is near the Variel offices

 

Housing/Evictions

  • The City of LA is prohibiting evictions for people that can demonstrate loss of income due to COVID-19 restrictions and interruptions. The City Council is considering additional protections for renters at risk of eviction that it will consider at upcoming meetings. – there is a meeting on this March 27th
  • In Unincorporated County Areas, the County of Los Angeles has suspended no-fault evictions, as well as evictions due to non-payment of rent when the tenant can show they were unable to pay rent due to coronavirus. The County will also allow tenants six months after the health emergency is lifted to pay back rent.
  • United Way has stood up a Pandemic Relief Fund to support L.A. County’s unsheltered residents who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus, and low-income individuals, students, and families at imminent risk of homelessness and hardships due to health and economic impacts of coronavirus.
  • The Los Angeles Superior Court is halting all eviction hearings until at least April 17th. If you have an existing eviction order or are concerned about an upcoming eviction, please be aware that you do not have to respond until at least April 17th. Status of Evictions in Los Angeles in light of COVID-19, a memo from Inner City Law Center, provides an overview of the status of evictions in LA and lists tenant referral resources.

Education Services

help including Free Wi-Fi for students, follow this link: https://www.lahsa.org/news?article=689-covid-19-education-resources

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On-Line Support

Here is  information about Virtual meetings  https://www.aa.org/pages/en_US/options-for-meeting-online

To locate a meeting go to http://aa-intergroup.org/

To locate an NA meeting online, follow this link https://www.na.org/meetingsearch/text-results.php?country=Web&state&city&zip&street&within=5&day=0&lang&orderby=distance 

Be nice to the DMV

The Department of motor vehicles in California is currently only going by appointments. This means there are no walk-ins.

Unfortunately this also means that people are losing their freaking minds at the security guards and employees or stationed outside.

Be nice to them. COVID-19 Is a scary beast and by keeping us out they are reducing how many people were in contact with. This is for our health as well as their own.

First Friday of Safer at Home

And of course I’m not at home. I needed to see somebody in the hospital and this is what I saw today.

It’s pretty much a ghost town.

But the doctors and nurses and podiatrists and case managers and social workers and security guards were here are all in good spirits and working hard.

and I’m not going to lie, I feel a little bit in love with the big giant security guard at the hospital emergency room entrance this morning. (I thought it would be unprofessional if I just kidnapped him and put him in my car and took him home so I didn’t.)

Parked ng was great though

Covid lock down, week 1

I have bleached the shelter houses three times this week.

I have told the homeless residents that they do not need to leave the shelter to look for work or housing. I do however expect them to use the internet to continue to look and make contacts.

I have given everybody an extra 2-week extension to stay in the 90-day shelters.

We are wiping every possible surface down with cavi wipes twice a day in our offices. As much as possible all of our case management is done via telephone or text with the clients.

But many of my homeless charges are also addicts. They need to go to treatment. They need to see a therapist. They need someone to check in especially during these incredibly emotional times. Stress can cause a relapse and we need everybody to be sober.

Although I am certain that drug dealers are not listed as essential businesses and employees, they are probably making a small killing right about now in revenue. The drug treatment center model requires patient interaction or they won’t be able to Bill for services and stay in business and provide excellent service for other people who will need it both today and in the future.

I’m a little freaked out. as much as possible I am keeping clients from walking through the door and talking to my staff in person. I am trying to have those one-on-one conversations myself to shield the staff. I’m going out to the shelters and interviewing the clients and talking to them and doing paperwork and bringing everything back to their case managers. I can’t imagine willingly letting them expose themselves to this virus if I had the opportunity to step between them and the patients and clients.

But I’m exhausted. other agencies are paying hazard pay to their case managers who are continuing to see patients and clients. But mine isn’t. To be perfectly honest I was about ready to jump ship and leave the hellhole that is my current job but I’m glad that I stayed because hey I get a paycheck and more than ever I feel useful and needed. I also really like my direct supervisor now that I have one who has time to talk to me. But let’s be real, the HR ladies are the stuff of nightmares.

It’s frustrating to have to explain to people the difference between an essential employee and a non-essential employee. As a former IT worker it’s frustrating to not have coworkers who know how to use the technology given to them to do things like meet and Microsoft teams or have a zoom meeting or even how to connect their speaker or cameras. I spent $200 yesterday buying headsets so that we could have teams meetings. Oh that’s $200 of my own money.

I am also just kind of waiting for this to get to me. I am at the store I am at shelters I am in the office I am talking to people and I am in the hospitals and I am being coughed on. I feel like it’s only a matter of time.

And of course my daughter is in third grade and her school has shut down for the next several weeks. We don’t know if this is a temporary thing or if it’s through the end of the year.

Trying to find childcare and afford child care and arrange child care when the whole world is being told to stay away from each other is something of a logistical nightmare. I don’t have family so it is just a team of two happening over here. I’ve been very lucky that she has friends who have been willing to watch her during the day so I can go into the office.

I can’t work from home and also go see clients all at the same time. I’m kind of torn.

I don’t want to use my sick and vacation days and just stay home because I know that I can handle this situation better than anybody else in my departments and in my programs. It would be doing a great just service to everybody.

So that’s where we are on a late Thursday night during this first week of the Corona virus craziness. It’s been freezing cold and raining most of the week. I’ve been watching the news and reading everything I can about these new shelters that are supposedly opening, but you and I have been around this block before and we have heard all the empty promises.

Keep me in your prayers and let me know how you are doing.

Free Rides to Medical Appointments

If you have LA Care Medi-Cal – you qualify for Lyft rides to and from their appts at the doctor or therapist.

Call 844-905-7272.

This is the LA Care Transportation line.

This applies to any type of medical appointment, physical, mental health, and SUD

 

 

COVID 19 and the Homeless Population

What is COVID-19

COVID19 is a Novel Coronavirus ( a new coronavirus). •

  • CO: Corona •
  • VI: Virus •
  • D: Disease •
  • 19: The year it emerged

There are many types of human coronaviruses including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses. COVID-19 is a new disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. The symptoms can range from mild to severe respiratory illness.

How does COVID-19 Spread?

• The virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person–though this is not yet the case in California. Someone who is actively sick with COVID-19 can spread the illness to others. That is why CDC recommends that these patients be isolated either in the hospital or at home (depending on how sick they are) until they are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others. • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs. • Spread from contact with infected surfaces or objects • It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.

Remember what the CDC told us…..
COVID-19 is spread through DROPLETs. NOT through AIRBORNE Transmission.
This means it does not float about in the air waiting to be breathed in.
BUT! This also means it can land on ANY surface, from tables, to clothes, to other persons, and even exposed food.

More here https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019ncov/about/transmission.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/faq.htmlhttps://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/checklist-n95strategy.html

Safe Parking Programs

Some are not allowing new patrons until April 1

Ask your winter shelter and homeless shelters about their timelines and processes.

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