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Thousands of Volunteers Gather to Calculate Unhoused Population in LA

By Maggie LaBarge LOS ANGELES – From January 23rd to January 25th, thousands of volunteers gathered to count the population of unhoused individuals across Los Angeles County. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority conducts the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count each year. This event is vital when it comes to the distribution of resources across …

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Los Angeles Housing Ordinance Creating New Pathways for Affordable Housing

By: Mikayla Schwartz A housing ordinance signed by Mayor Bass (December 2022) has streamlined new affordable housing by private developers without city subsidies. Many private developers are attracted to building affordable housing for a variety of reasons, including a 60-day approval process for submitted projects and no city council hearings or environmental impact studies necessary. …

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California Housing Initiative Funds Three New Housing Projects

The East Bay plans to welcome three homeless housing projects after $34.5 million in state grants were announced to support the Homekey homeless housing program.  Homekey is an effort by the state of California to expand housing for unhoused individuals and those at risk of facing homelessness.   The grants will house hundreds of unhoused community …

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Governments and Cities Across the Western States Petition the Supreme Court to Overturn a Previous Ruling on Outdoor Encampments

A bipartisan group of cities and states under the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals filed briefs in an attempt to overturn a previous Supreme Court decision regarding outdoor encampments. This filing comes from the city of Grant Pass, Oregon, petitioning the Supreme Court to overturn a previous court ruling in Martin v. Boise, which deemed …

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 Addressing the Housing Crisis through the establishment of ‘Micro Apartments’ and Other Affordable Housing Options

To combat the affordable housing crisis, the city of Sacramento has turned to ‘micro apartments,’ small apartments no more than 415 square feet, to address this need. The apartments are meant for no more than two people and are no smaller than 150 feet based on city regulations. All ‘micro apartments’ are required to have …

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L.A. City Council Recently Voted to Raise Rents for Rent-Controlled Apartments

The Los Angeles City Council voted to approve a rent increase for rent-controlled apartments by 4% or 6% for landlords that cover tenants’ gas and electricity in a 10-2 decision.  If this recent vote had not taken place, the city’s rent increase would have been exponentially higher with increases between 7% to 9 % on …

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Supporting Unhoused Individuals in Your Community

As communities grapple with the issue of homelessness, there are proactive steps we can take to make a positive impact on the lives of unhoused individuals. Here are are some ways to help: 1. Educate Yourself: Start by understanding the root causes of homelessness in your community. Research local shelters, services, and organizations dedicated to …

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San Franciscans rally to appeal court order banning the clearing of homeless encampments

San Francisco city officials presented their case about clearing homeless encampments on Wednesday before three federal judges. This legal battle originates from the city’s appeal against an order that temporarily prohibits the removal of homeless encampments. Currently, the order prevents the city from clearing encampments whenever the homeless population surpasses the available shelter bed capacity. …

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