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Liberty Hill Supports #YesOn10

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. 

What Does The New Homeless Number Mean?

Our friend Joel John Roberts, CEO of PATH Partners, pokes at The L.A. Times story today reporting a dramatic drop in L.A.'s homeless population. We thought it was worth re-posting.

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?

Homeless person

HUD Chief To Be Confronted by Families Losing Their Homes. POWER calls for a moratorium.

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.