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Board Approves $20 Million for Diversion

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The Board of Supervisors recently voted to set aside $20 million to fund mental health services, substance abuse treatment, job counseling, as well as supportive housing for mentally ill offenders as an alternative to incarceration. “We know that jail is not the best place to treat the […]

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Rail to River Moves Forward

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Rail to River, a plan to convert 8 miles of unused railway in South Los Angeles into a recreational walking and bike path, keeps moving forward. A proposal authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to allocate $2.85 million for pre-construction work including the architecture, engineering and community outreach […]

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Eat, Shop, Play Crenshaw Campaign Launches

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Metro and Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas launched the Eat, Shop and Play Crenshaw campaign recently at the 9th annual Taste of Soul festival to support businesses impacted by the construction of the Crenshaw/LAX rail line. Approximately 40 businesses, ranging from hair salons to restaurants to furniture […]

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Crenshaw to LAX Construction Continues

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Crenshaw to LAX construction continues with street closures at Rodeo Road and Crenshaw Boulevard for two weeks. The closure begins on Friday, October 24 and will continue for 14 consecutive days. During this time, north and south bound traffic traveling on Crenshaw Boulevard will not be disrupted, […]

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Star Housing Apartments Offers New Life on Skid Row

Jude Burns stood in awe among the hundreds of people who turned out recently to celebrate the opening of the Star Apartments, a 100 unit supportive housing site for the homeless. Once homeless, bereft after the death of his only son and severely disabled, Burns got a […]

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New Plan to End Youth Homelessness Unveiled

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More than 200 leaders, advocates, and youth packed Holman United Methodist Church in West Adams recently to discuss potential solutions for ending youth homelessness in South Los Angeles. This group, the South Los Angeles Homeless and Foster Youth Collaborative, took the lead on fostering community dialogue and organizing the breakfast to unveil […]

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Affordable Homes in Jefferson Park Now Open

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Reginald Drummer was homeless, HIV positive and living on Skid Row for four years. But finally, he found the break he needed: Mercy Housing. The nonprofit had just opened the Jefferson Park Terrace apartments on Western Avenue and so he applied for a one-bedroom unit. Four months […]

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New MLK Mental Health Center Now Open

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Jo Helen Graham’s son Mark was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 15 years old. Despite his parents’ efforts to find him ongoing treatment, little has been available to address his mental illness and he has suffered. A barroom brawl years ago landed him in prison […]

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Innovative Partnerships Address Blight in Koreatown

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New retail outlets, housing units and business space are in the offing for a currently blighted section of Vermont Avenue in Koreatown. For 20 years, several county buildings near the intersection of Vermont and 6th streets have been eyesores in the neighborhood. They are even worse, however, inside, plagued with […]

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EV Charging Stations Available to Residents

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County residents can now take advantage of new electric vehicle charging stations at various county facilities. Electric vehicle owners near the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s station in Lynwood or the Department of Health Services in Downey for example, can charge their vehicles for up to four hours, […]

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