Preparing homeless children for school

CBS Television hosted a back-to-school celebration for the children in residence at Upward Bound House, a community based, non-profit organization that provides housing and services for homeless children and their families.  The celebration took place at Upward Bound House’s Family Shelter facility in Culver City. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, David Snow, and CBS employees distributed more than 60 donated back packs filled with essential school supplies for the upcoming school year.  This is the second year for the backpack drive at Upward Bound House.

“These are indeed difficult times,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “We have a jobs crisis.  We have a housing crisis.  Some would say we even have a crisis of hope.  Some would say that, but not me.  Celebrations such as this one are the answer to how we will weather this temporary trial: together.”

“School can be a very difficult place to go when you are homeless,” said David Snow, Executive Director of Upward Bound House. “Like the work we do here at Upward Bound House, CBS Television Distribution and its employees are giving these kids the resources – and inspiration –to succeed in school and beyond.”

[pullquote_left]”Since the Upward Bound House opened in January 2010, it has been a critical component in our efforts to assist families through difficult economic times,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas.[/pullquote_left]Invited guests included Culver City Council Members and Pat Prescott of 94.7 The WAVE Morning Show who featured the event in her morning broadcast. Families enjoyed a delicious dinner.  The mission of Upward Bound House is to eliminate homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services and advocacy. Since 1997, nearly 1,300 individuals – including over 800 children – have graduated from Upward Bound House and are no longer homeless. According to recent data, over 6,000 children are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles. For more information about Upward Bound House, please visit www.upwardboundhouse.org.

 

 

Innovative Second District Construction will House and Support Homeless Families, Mentally Ill, and Foster Youths


An innovative housing complex in the Second District will soon take on the challenge of providing a supportive home to some of society’s most vulnerable, including youths aging out of foster care, the mentally ill and formerly homeless.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined the Koreatown Youth and Community Center and the Little Tokyo Service Center on June 29 to break ground for the Menlo Family Housing project on Menlo Avenue, near the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Vermont Avenue.

The 60-unit apartment complex will serve low-income residents, those with mental illnesses, transition aged foster youths and homeless families. On-site services will include case management, counseling, after-school programs and family literacy classes.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas noted the project is special for its combination of social services and affordable housing in a single location, which he identified early in his term as a top priority. The project, located in one of the hotspots of the 1992 civil unrest, also represents an inspired collaboration among organizations and elected officials with diverse constituencies.

“This project shows what happens when inspiration, cooperation and determination come together,” Ridley-Thomas said.

“Shortly after I was elected in 2008, I convened a transition team of knowledgeable community leaders. Among their key recommendations to me was to pursue novel approaches to combine the overlapping challenges of mental health care, transition-age youths and homelessness. This project makes that vision a reality,” Ridley-Thomas said.

Along with Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, Congressman Xavier Becerra and Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes were present to celebrate the start of construction.

Also present were Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health Director Marvin Southard and Sean Rogan, executive director of the County Community Development Commission/Housing Authority.

Homelessness

Ending homelessness once and for all in Los Angeles County is one of Supervisor Ridley-Thomas’ top priorities.  While recent inroads have been made to combat homelessness in the Second District and beyond, much work remains to be done on this daunting but ultimately solvable problem.  Los Angeles County has a homeless population of nearly 45,000 individuals, 39% of whom live in the Second District.  The total homeless population includes 12,000 chronically homeless individuals and homeless veterans.  The Second District has a number of resources for homeless families and individuals, including emergency shelters, winter shelters and transitional and permanent housing units.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has committed to enacting United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ “Home for Good,” which has set an aggressive goal of eradicating chronic and veteran homelessness by 2016.  Read more about Home for Good here.  The Supervisor joined the Empowerment Congress in raising over $6,000 for the United Way’s 2010 HomeWalk to End Homelessness. You can still donate to HomeWalk until December 31, 2010, by visiting here.

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2010-2011 Winter Shelter Program

Winter Shelter

Selected community non-profit homeless services providers will provide temporary shelter to homeless persons in Los Angeles County.

Those in need of emergency shelter are encouraged to go directly to one of the listed pick-up points for free transportation, rather than the site address, unless otherwise indicated. Most shelter will open at approximately 6:00 PM. For information about the shelters, please refer to the contact information on this document.

Winter Shelter Hotline
Phone: 1-800-548-6047
TDD: 1-800-660-4026 (for deaf and hearing disabled)

Internet Website: www.lahsa.org

Help Us End Homelessness Now!

HomeWalk 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010
7:00 A.M. Registration 9:00 A.M. Walk Begins
Register at www.homewalkla.org or call 1-888-2-HELP-LA

Los Angeles County has 45,000 homeless people, with almost 39% residing in the Second District. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas has made ending and preventing homelessness in Los Angeles County and the Second District a priority. He has developed a strategic plan and has been actively working in the community to solve the problem.

The Supervisor will be leading a Second District Team at the United Way Home Walk on November 13, 2010 at Exposition Park (between Sports Arena and Coliseum) to raise funds for homeless individuals and families. Please join us for this important endeavor. Click onto the website and join the Supervisor Mark-Ridley Thomas Home Walk Team. Your $35.00 registration fee will go directly to our goal of raising at least $1,500 for services for homeless individuals! Show your commitment and join the team! Recruit family, friends and colleagues to join us as we have fun and address a serious problem.

The dollars we raise will help end homelessness in the second District!