Homeless is a Buzzword

Cool. Great. Everyone is talking about the number of homeless people in Los Angeles. I so wish the conversation was about the improvements being made to end homelessness. I wish the conversation told you the behind the scenes story of what the line workers are up to. I wish you knew we spent 3 hoursContinue reading “Homeless is a Buzzword”

$50 is the entry fee to homelessness

My friend and former co-worker Carlos works at PATH now. He told me that Zillow did a study about the risk of homelessness to renters in 2017 and apparently they did really accurate research because they are right. This means if you are renting a 1 BD apartment at $1,000 a month. For starters, you’reContinue reading “$50 is the entry fee to homelessness”

Evacuation is such a priveledge…

Every time there’s a natural disaster I hear people questioned why the residence didn’t leave. If people knew a storm was coming in, why didn’t they go somewhere else? The answer is simple. Evacuation is a privilege. It is a privilege afforded to those who can pay the cost of airfare or gasoline or ownContinue reading “Evacuation is such a priveledge…”

Child Care, All That Stands Between Us and Poverty.

Dear LAUSD and all public schools, Please make more room in your after school care program. I can’t be the only parent facing this challenge.  I could not work if I did not have child care and I could not afford child care if I did not work. Right now I am a single motherContinue reading “Child Care, All That Stands Between Us and Poverty.”

A whole bunch of tears

There is a purposeful lack of tissues in my office – a reminder of absence that I should not make people cry. However, today I started a flood. A lady going through divorce is afraid to tell supportive agencies that she is homeless and needs help. She wants to hide homelessness from her child’s father.Continue reading “A whole bunch of tears”

Sleeping Out for One Night

I see you on the news coverage of the @roseparade, bundled into sleeping bags and laughing, and complaining about the bitter cold. I hear you laughing and drinking and wondering how you can stand the line for the portable potty. It is fun, it is a lark It is just for the night. For you.Continue reading “Sleeping Out for One Night”

Teacher Appriciation and Education

Education is the first line of defense against poverty. A great education is priceless. Caring and wonderful teachers are wonders beyond measure. If you know one of these people, thank them profusely. Because: It is more common to find a high school drop out in the Welfare office or sleeping on the bus bench thanContinue reading “Teacher Appriciation and Education”

Homelessness sounds like a made up word

and I wish it were. I wish I did not have to drive by 4 homeless men on my way to work, just so I can speak to 20 homeless parents each day. If I could just “make up” anything, it would be shelters for these families and a list of open jobs (dead endContinue reading “Homelessness sounds like a made up word”

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