By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: July 22, 2019 at 6:00 am | UPDATED: July 22, 2019 at 6:01 am Somewhere out there right now in Orange County, about 80 homeless men and women who once served their country in the military are searching for housing, hoping to use government-issued vouchers to help pay the rent. But they aren’t having any luck, and time is running out. Those vouchers come with an expiration date of 120 days from the time they are issued. The problem is finding a landlord to accept the voucher. That is one of many challenges officials face as Orange County pushes to become the second county in California to ostensibly end chronic homelessness among military veterans. So far, only Riverside County has managed to do that. But Orange County — along with a collection of like-minded public agencies, nonprofits and private-sector advocates — recently got a boost toward that goal. The California Dept. of Veterans Affairs … [Read more...] about Can Orange County end homelessness for local military veterans?
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Southern Californians can choose from an array of worship and recreational activities on Sunday to celebrate the Easter holiday.More than 1,000 people are expected to gather for worship in Green Hills Memorial Park in Rancho Palos Verdes as the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean. The 71st annual service will feature music by the Alive Church Worship Band. The Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6 a.m.Hope Chapel Huntington Beach will host its Easter sunrise service at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza. The non-denominational service begins at 6 a.m. and includes 11 local churches participating in music, prayer and Christian celebration.Catholic Masses are planned in English and Spanish at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. The cathedral’s priest, Father David Gallardo, will celebrate the 10 a.m. English-language Mass, and the archbishop, Jose H. Gomez, will lead a Spanish-language Mass at 1 p.m. The Midnight Mission, a service organization in Skid Row, will … [Read more...] about Celebrating Easter Sunday in Los Angeles, Orange counties
A homelessness task force is accusing the Orange County Board of Supervisors of restricting free speech at its meetings and violating California public records laws.The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Southern California, on behalf of the People’s Homeless Task Force, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Santa Ana Superior Court alleging that county supervisors limit access to public documents, destroy public documents and give officials preferential treatment over members of the public, in violation of residents’ 1st Amendment rights and the Brown Act.“Participatory democracy, in which constituents are free to comment on the actions and views of elected officials, is one of the cornerstones of our nation,” the ACLU said in a statement Tuesday. “But not at the Orange County Board of Supervisors, where meetings are held in a manner more befitting a monarchy.”Brendan Hamme, a staff attorney with the ACLU of Southern California, said the supervisors … [Read more...] about ACLU sues Orange County for silencing public comments, calling board a ‘monarchy’
“People who have been to jail have said jail is better than this shelter,” one homeless resident, Roberta Filicko, wrote in her diary, according to the ACLU report. “We are so scared that we will be living on the streets, and the staff make sure remind you of this every minute of every day. It’s true we have no one to help us, so we go along with it.” … [Read more...] about ACLU report provides damning review of Orange County temporary shelters: ‘Jail is better than this shelter’
Geoff Mulvihill Associated Press Published 9:29 PM EST Dec 17, 2018 A federal report released Monday provides a possible glimmer of hope for the homeless crisis that has gripped many cities up and down the West Coast. The number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and San Diego, two epicenters of the homelessness crisis, fell this year, suggesting those cities’ efforts to combat the problem could be starting to pay off. In Los Angeles, the count fell by 3 percent after a sharp increase the year before. Peter Lynn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, said that can be credited to results of six months of stepped-up homeless services after Los Angeles County voters raised taxes to help in 2017. Later that year, Los Angeles city voters approved a bond issue to provide more affordable housing – a factor Lynn said will start showing up in future counts. “We’re also dealing with the countervailing pressure of housing … [Read more...] about Homeless count up slightly, but declines in key cities