Mayor Bass Addresses State of City, Issues First Budget 

With a theme of “A New L.A.,” Mayor Karen Bass detailed her intentions to create a “stronger, healthier, happier and safer” metropolis in her first State of the City address on April 17.  The mayor’s vision was further illustrated by the funding priorities outlined in her first budget, which was issued on April 18. 

Mayor Bass Marks 100 Days in Office: Housing Homeless Angelenos ‘Coming to Fruition’   

As she marks 100 days in office this week, Bass estimates that around 4,000 Angelinos will have been housed since she took charge of City Hall. She points out that most of the people are housed due to Proposition HHH and programs already in place when she took office, but about 1,000 of them have found housing due to her Inside Safe program.  

Homelessness in Los Angeles – A Grand Challenge

Homelessness has been a growing problem in Los Angeles for decades and despite numerous efforts to address the issue, the number of people living on the streets continues to rise. The situation is devastating, affecting the homeless and the entire community. The issue has been growing in this city for several reasons, such as the high cost of living, poverty, mental illness, and substance abuse, combined with a shortage of affordable housing, pushing people into homelessness. We think there are many ways to address the complex problem of homelessness. I

Mayor’s Campaign to Eliminate Homelessness Attracts Federal Support 

The Biden-Harris Administration is the latest entity to join Mayor Karen Bass’ efforts to assist the unhoused as Jeff Olivet, executive director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, announced the federal government’s support of the mayor’s initiatives.  

Remembering the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In his final march, standing shoulder to shoulder with the striking sanitation workers of Memphis, TN, in April 1968, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., believed their concerns were our concerns. This concern extended to all who lived in poverty in America. It was the richness and vast resources of the wealth of our nation that was not used to “school the unschooled and feed the unfed” that drew his ire.

The Cost of Affordable Housing is Lower than the Cost of Homelessness

This Fall, Duane moved into his own apartment after 15 years of homelessness. He said he feels like he’s living someone else’s dream and takes pride in decorating and settling into his new home. That’s another win from my friends at Harbor Interfaith, a rehousing provider in the South Bay. In San Pedro, a new supportive housing development, Beacon Landing, is under construction, and will welcome 89 people home next year—89 more success stories like Duane. I’m a Realtor, a past Chair of the San Pedro Chamber of Commerce, and a former Republican. I see so much of our homeless

Study Finds Community College System Fails to Produce Equitable Outcomes for Black Students

According to a new report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies on the state of Black students at community colleges, an alarming 70 percent of Black students experienced food or housing insecurity or homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report highlighted that while Black students remain disproportionately represented in community colleges, policy barriers prevent the system from producing equitable outcomes.

Holliday Helping Hands is Impacting L.A.’s Unhoused People Of Color

Danielle Ware is among the grateful women who have been able to turn tragedy into triumph. But, her journey to personal victory was not easy. It began with a sexual assault when she was a child and later, an abusive husband who caused her life to spiral out of control.