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Two-Year Investigation into Drug Dealing in Skid Row Nets 50 Arrests
December 3, 2021
 A two-year investigation into narcotics dealing in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles has resulted in 50 arrests and the seizure of various quantities of drugs, including more than 46,000 fentanyl pills, authorities said today. ... read more »
City Council Might Expand Skid Row Clean Team Citywide
October 19, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council today took a first step toward expanding citywide the Skid Row Clean Team, which works to prevent trash and debris buildup in the area. ... read more »
Appeals Court Overturns Judge’s Order to House L.A. Skid Row Homeless
September 29, 2021
A federal appeals court today overturned a Los Angeles judge's sweeping order forcing local government to offer shelter to every unhoused person on downtown's Skid Row by the middle of next month, and sent the case back to the lower court for further proceedings. A panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined that the district court had ``abused its discretion'' because it did not have authority to issue the preliminary injunction order based on claims not pled in the complaint brought last year by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, an association of downtown residents, homeless individuals and property owners seeking to compel the county and city of Los Angeles to find shelter for the thousands of people camping on city sidewalks. ... read more »
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LA’s Largest Homeless Housing Development Breaks Ground in Skid Row
September 28, 2021
A housing project in Skid Row that officials say will be the largest homeless housing development in Los Angeles history broke ground today. The Weingart Towers, which will include a 19-story high-rise at 555- 561 S. Crocker St. and a 12-story high-rise at 554-562 S. San Pedro St., will offer a total of 382 units to people experiencing homelessness. The development will offer more than three times the number of units in the second largest development funded by Proposition HHH, a ballot initiative passed in November 2016 to use $1.2 billion to build 10,000 units for homeless Angelenos. ... read more »
LA City Council OKs Street Engagement Strategy For Anti-Camping Law
September 14, 2021
The Los Angeles City Council approved a street engagement strategy today to accompany its sweeping ordinance to restrict sleeping and homeless encampments in certain areas of the city. ... read more »
Plaintiffs in Homelessness Lawsuit Ask Judge to Order L.A. Skid Row Clean-Up
April 13, 2021
The plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit seeking to force the city and county of Los Angeles to effectively deal with the homelessness crisis filed a motion for a preliminary injunction today that would require housing to be offered to thousands of indigent people in downtown's skid row area by August. ... read more »
Judge Calls Meeting On Skid Row To Discuss Worsening Conditions
February 4, 2021
   Combined with the COVID-19 pandemic and soaring mental health and substance abuse issues, homelessness in the region is comparable to ``a significant natural disaster in Southern California with no end in sight,'' U.S. District Judge David Carter wrote in an order filed late Sunday in federal court. ... read more »
Local Ministries Share with Less Fortunate for Christmas
December 24, 2020
Local churches spread the Christmas spirit in spite of the pandemic, giving back to those that need help. ... read more »
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COUNCIL TACKLES PROBLEM OF POLICE STOPPING MOTORISTS FOR ‘DRIVING WHILE BLACK’
July 2, 2020
The Los Angeles Police Department could be removed from enforcing traffic rules under a new proposal that addresses one of the most problematic and racially charged elements of police interaction with people of color — traffic stops. ... read more »
A Response to Critics of Blueface Making It Rain on Skid Row
January 3, 2020
When 22-year-old Los Angeles rapper Blueface posted a video of himself on Christmas Eve standing on a car parked on a street in the middle of the homeless capital of America throwing money with the caption “season of giving”--I thought good for him. ... read more »
Confronting the Abandoning Crisis…Poverty and Homelessness Beyond the Urban Core
September 19, 2019
Here’s a staggering number - 553,000. Imagine what you would do if 553,000 dollars were deposited into your bank account today. Imagine what you can see if you travel 553,000 miles around the world? That is a significant number. The truth is that’s the number of homeless people recorded in the United States in 2018. Yes, the most developed country in the world allows a whopping 17 percent of its population to live on the streets. California holds a total of 113,952 abandoned homeless individuals; this represents 20 percent of all homeless people in the United States. Approximately 15,179 are veterans. People in this country are turning a blind eye as if this is some “new normal.” We have abandoned our neighbors, and homelessness is a clear symptom.  ... read more »
Pop-Up Event Brings BET Weekend Festivities to Skid Row
July 4, 2019
Just blocks away from the Microsoft Theatre, where the awards show took place, is Skid Row, an area in Downtown Los Angeles where an estimated 2,000 peopleare living and experiencing homelessness, mental illness and other traumas. The ailing symptoms of L.A.’s homeless crisis create the essence of the neighborhood, with a majority of its residents being Black. One BET Weekend event acknowledged this community at the 2ndAnnual “Who I Am: Homeless but Human Pop-Up Festival.” ... read more »
Homelessness Spikes Up 12 Percent in L.A. County
June 6, 2019
    Homelessness in Los Angeles County spiked by 12% over the past year to reach an estimated 58,936 people, according to figures released today, with the region’s housing costs outpacing wages and forcing people onto the streets faster than authorities can find them shelter. ... read more »
South L.A. Churches Host Day Party for the Homeless
May 30, 2019
The visitors were transported by bus from various shelters and streets in South L.A. and Skid Row. ... read more »
Lawsuit Limiting Cleanups on Skid Row Up for Discussion by L.A. City Council
March 8, 2019
The city has long struggled with how to clean up and regulate homeless encampments, and in 2016 passed a law that would limit the amount of belongings a homeless person could store on the sidewalk to 60 gallons. But not long after, in response to a lawsuit, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring Los Angeles police and sanitation officers from seizing and destroying homeless people's property in and near Skid Row. ... read more »
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