August 6, 2015 @ 5:05 AM

L.A. Times

Aug. 6, 2015

The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday urged a judge to block enforcement of an anti-camping ordinance in Boise, Idaho, by employing the rationale from a seminal Los Angeles homeless-rights case.

The outcome in Boise could reverberate in Los Angeles -- where officials are considering resuming enforcement of the city's own anti-camping ordinance, considered among the strictest in the country.

It bans sleeping, sitting or lying on sidewalks and other public property.


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June 3, 2015 @ 2:21 PM

By Mollie Lowry

Sam has been living in an encampment under the 101 Freeway for the last six years. He is 63, has a bad heart and drinks a lot. He came to Los Angeles from Utah, where he became homeless at age 50 after losing his job. If he'd chosen to stay put, he'd probably be better off.





Utah announced recently that, in the last 10 years, it has successfully housed 91% of its chronically homeless population: 1,764 out of 1,932 people. There are now fewer than 200 chronically homeless people in the entire state. By contrast, Los Angeles County's chronically homeless population rose from 7,475 in 2013 to 12,356 this year, ...

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December 30, 2014 @ 2:00 AM

Arrived home from Skid Row at 12:30 am this morning!

We had a truck full of warm clothes and blankets thanks to the incredible effort and support of Eric Bauman, Michael Andraychak, Adam Seiden and the entire staff and membership and everyone else who donated items from the LACDP and Stonewall.  

Thanks to our incredible super-volunteers - Shawna and Sherry, who approach everyone with much love and compassion. I am so proud to know them!

Highlights: balling up socks for an hour in a cold parking lot; Valerie, a woman who thanked us more times than we can count and who gave me a big hug; all of the amazing warrior/survivors living on the streets of Skid Row.

And a special thanks to former Assembly Speaker and anti-poverty ......

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April 17, 2014 @ 10:20 AM

Shelter  Under Fire - Poverty Matters in the News 

L.A. Weekly - April 17, 2014

Please read the L.A. Weekly article below which highlights many of the issues shelter residents encounter in the City of Los Angeles.

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December 1, 2013 @ 9:00 AM

Disabled Senior Facing Homelessness will be Home for the Holidays…

Los Angeles –   Cheryl , a disabled senior citizen, called Poverty Matters just four days from eviction.   For 15 years she had rented a room in a house for herself and a caregiver. When a Credit Union foreclosed on her landlord, she was told she must leave.

Cheryl’s situation looked hopeless.  She had little money and no place to move.  Social Security was her only source of income, and with medical bills, food costs, and other expenses she couldn’t afford a market rate apartment in Los Angeles.  What’s more, low income senior housing had estimated wait lists of over 6 years. 

Cheryl was planning.........

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June 19, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

House Makes Cuts to Food Stamps in Farm Bill

The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday approved $20 billion in cuts to food stamps — now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) — over the next 10 years. The cuts are part of the farm bill being debated by the House. 

Advocates for the poor in Southern California are concerned about the impact that SNAP cuts will have on Southland families. On Monday, a coalition of local activists rallied in front of Democratic Congressman Henry Waxman’s office in Los Angeles calling on him to oppose the farm bill if it contains cuts to SNAP. 

Susie Shannon of the L.A. group Poverty Matters told KPCC that “parents ...

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January 14, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

L.A. Council Vote Likely Tuesday Jan. 15th or Wed. Jan 16th


The CCFO will stop shared housing for thousands of low income households including:

- seniors – youth – disabled – veterans – those in recovery.  For many in Los Angeles, access to shared housing and sober living homes means the difference between having a roof over their head or sleeping on the streets.

Top Five Reasons to Oppose the Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO)


  • If passed, it will increase homelessness for veterans, low-income populations, and the disabled.  A progressive city like Los Angeles should be advocating for the disenfranchised, not erecting more barriers for them.
  • It's bad policy  The CCFO......
  • ...

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April 25, 2011 @ 3:28 PM

Over 20 organizations and Public Housing tenants sign on to HUD letter on Resident Satisfaction Surveys: 

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