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.

Shelter lists

It is getting cold again, and I am looking for the Cold Weather Shelters. Send me any information you have. Until then: start with these shelters and send me corrections.

Emmanuel Baptist Rescue Mission
530 E. 5th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213)626-4681

Family Shelter for Homeless
123 E. 14th Street
Long Beach, CA 90813
Phone: 562-591-1351
FAX: 562-591-5116
People Assisting the Homeless

2346 Cotner Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone: (310)996-0034


Sunshine Mission
2600 S. Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Phone: (213)747-7419

Union Station Foundation
412 S. Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91105
Phone: 626-449-4596

Women’s Resource Center
3430 Cogswell Road
El Monte, CA 91734
Phone: (818)401-9549

House of Ruth
605 N. Cummings Street
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (213)266-4139

Valley Shelter
7843 Lankershim Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
Phone: (818)982-4091

U. S. Mission – Hudson House
1154 N.WesternAvenue
Hollywood, CA 90029-1051
Phone: (213)465-0247

Fred Jordan Mission
445 Towne Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (818)915-1981

Lancaster Community Shelter
44611 Yucca Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534
Phone: (805)945-7524

Los Angeles Mission
303 E. Fifth Street
Mailing address: P. O. Box 5330
Los Angeles, CA 90055
Phone: (213)629-1227

Midnight Mission
396 S. Los Angeles Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (213)624-9258