For over 40 years, Liberty Hill Foundation has supported the tenants’ right movement. From funding tenants’ organizing in Pasadena and Long Beach in 1977, to supporting successful campaigns for rent stabilization in the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Monica in 1979 and winning against discriminatory landlords, Liberty Hill has long been an ally in the fight for housing justice. Now, we are taking another step forward in that fight by endorsing and sponsoring Proposition 10.
A digest of press clips about Liberty Hill and the organizers we support.
A DIGEST OF PRESS CLIPS ABOUT LIBERTY HILL & THE ORGANIZERS WE SUPPORT
The year 2016 was not without its struggles for Liberty Hill Foundation supported grassroots organizations, but it was also not without its victories. Here are ten advances from the past 12 months that make L.A. fairer, cleaner, more prosperous, more peaceful and in the face of adversity, stronger!
I wrote an op-ed piece in the Los Angeles Times after the official 2005 homeless count in Los Angeles County revealed nearly 90,000 people were homeless. It was called, “The Homeless And the Numbers Game.” I basically wrote that the actual number is not as important as the significance of the problem of homelessness in the region.
Two years later, in 2007, the number magically dropped to about 73,000 people. At the time, I was quoted as saying, “Where did the 17,000 homeless people go, since our region clearly did not build 17,000 housing units for the homeless?”
Today, in 2009, the homeless number is now 48,000 people (for the whole county.) Wow! A 38% drop in homelessness in a region that is still considered the homeless capital of America. How can it be? Is there really less homelessness? Especially, during the worst economy since the depression?
Over 500 people, mostly residents of public housing, will hold a town-hall style meeting at Mar Vista Gardens public housing project tomorrow night with Bessy Kong, the deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They will confront her with the human cost of the loss of public housing throughout the U.S.