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Board approves $3.97 million for Hubert Humphrey Urgent Care Center

Hubert Humphrey Urgent Care Center in South Los Angeles will soon be receiving an upgrade and increasing its capacity to serve the public. The Board of Supervisors today allocated nearly four million to remodel the 6,000-square-foot Urgent Care facility.

The action by the Board authorizes J.R. Abbot Construction to design and construct a new 2,000-square-foot waiting room, seven new exam rooms, add 50 additional parking spaces, renovate the security office and upgrade the fire alarm system throughout the facility.

“This facility is located approximately four miles from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Campus,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, “It is my goal to see that constituents have access top quality medical care right in their own community.”

As part of the Board’s approval of the expansion project, a local worker hire component affixed to the project will ensure that local residents have first priority when contractors select workers for construction of the urgent care center. Residents who live within a five-mile radius will be given priority at the time of hiring, and County residents in zip codes where unemployment exceeds 150% of the county average also will now have special access to jobs.

“The local worker hire component of this renovation project will create jobs where they are most needed,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, “And at the same time this renovation ensures that county residents will receive valuable services in a refurbished facility for decades to come.”

Click here for press release (as PDF document).

Healthy Way LA health care coverage program

What is Healthy Way LA?

Healthy Way LA is a no-cost health care program available to low-income residents of Los Angeles County.  People who qualify for the program can choose from more than 100 different locations to receive health care.

Who is eligible?
Adults who meet the following criteria:

  • Are United States citizens or have been legal permanent resident for at least five years
  • Are Los Angeles County residents
  • Are between 19 and 64 years of age
  • Have a monthly income at or below 133% of the Federal Poverty Level, or  $1,207 per month for a family of one.
  • Are not pregnant and not eligible for Medi-Cal or Healthy Families

How do I enroll?
To enroll in Healthy Way LA you must fill out an application and provide proof of citizenship/legal resident status, Los Angeles County residency, personal identification, and income.  Your original documents will be photocopied and returned to you.  Some examples of acceptable documents are:

  • U.S. Passport
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • Permanent Resident Card (Green Card)
  • U.S. Birth Certificate or Military Record
  • Driver’s License, School Identification with photo, or U.S. Military Identification card
  • Evidence of income (i.e., current paycheck stubs, Federal Income Tax Return, California Unemployment or Disability income, award letters, etc.)

Where to apply for Healthy Way LA*:

Harbor/UCLA Medical Center
Patient Financial Services
1000 West Carson Street
Building 3-South
Torrance, CA 90509
(310) 222-3012

LAC+USC Medical Center
1100 N. State Street, Room A6F
Los Angeles, CA 90033
(323) 409-4383
(323) 409-4779

Olive View/UCLA Medical Center
14445 Olive View Drive
2nd Floor, Room 2D142
Sylmar, CA 91342

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 E. Imperial Hwy, Building 602
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 401-7320

High Desert Health System
Munsie Building – ORSA/HWLA Office
44900 North 60th St. West
Lancaster, CA 93536
(661) 945-8227

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center
12021 S. Wilmington Ave.,
Floor 5A, Room 7
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(310) 668-3200

*Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please click here for a PDF version of a printable notice that you will need to take with you for HWLA.  For help or additional information call 877-333-HWLA.

Los Angeles County in numbers

Los Angeles County is a vast, dynamic and diverse region. If the County were its own country, it would have the 20th largest economy totaling more than $500 billion annually. Our economy is larger than those of Poland, Belgium, Sweden, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan and Norway. Our region is the world’s top manufacturing capital and creative capital employing more than 4,900,000 people.   It also ranks first in international trade.  From producing satellites to spaceships and from manufacturing designer jeans to designing cars, it all happens here.

The Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC), a non-profit organization that was created by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to promote economic development in the region, produced the following infographic to promote Los Angeles County’s diverse industry sectors and the businesses and communities working to make our region a global leader in the 21st Century economy.

Here are some fast facts about Los Angeles County:

  • Los Angeles County is a region that spans 4,083 square miles.
  • Los Angeles County is the nation’s most diverse and populous county.
  • There are nearly 10,000,000 people living in the County.
  • If Los angeles County were a state, it would have the 20th largest economy.

With millions of Americans suffering from economic hardship, Los Angeles provides a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs, businesses, and County residents to pursue their dreams.

Board Authorizes $610,000 to restore George Washington Carver Park

The Willowbook community and visitors of George Washington Carver Park on 118th Street in South Los Angeles will soon notice significant renovations to the 7.22 acre park. At its November 22nd meeting, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized the funding of $610,000 for park improvements enabling the Department of Parks and Recreation to design and begin construction on the site.

In addition to completing renovations of a new roof and restroom inside the community building, the funds will be used to build new walkways that are compliant with the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) and implement a new irrigation system complete with landscaping that includes native plants, drought-tolerant shade trees and shrubs. In addition to park improvements, efforts are currently underway to build an urban walking trail that will connect Carver Park, Carver Elementary School, the Watts Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club, and the Compton Creek. The new trail is being financed through a $415,000 grant which will be used to employ local youth from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps to complete improvements including landscaping, signage and decorative fencing along the creek.

Additionally, the Department of Parks and Recreation will install new exercise equipment, bike racks and drinking fountains at the park in coordination with the new trail facility. The Board’s authorization comes after a series of community meetings in which residents expressed their desire to both develop the trail and restore the Carver Park Community Room at the park. Residents have created a “Friends of Carver Park” organization in an effort to continue the ongoing support of improvements to the site. “These momentous improvements will be a huge resource to the community,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, “I am proud that residents are taking ownership over this park and I look forward to working with the Friends of Carver Park to further enhance this important asset within the Willowbrook Community.”

The Supervisor continued: “This renovation continues the effort to provide environmental conservation, fitness, and public access to open space in the Second Supervisorial District.”

Kobe Bryant and Supervisor Ridley-Thomas join over 10,000 participants mobilized to end homelessness in Los Angeles County

United Way of Greater Los Angeles hosted the fifth Annual HomeWalk to end homelessness, a 5k run and walk commencing in Exposition Park, in downtown Los Angeles. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, the event’s Honorary Chair, kicked off the event that featured approximately 10,000 participants. With over 51,000 homeless men and women in Los Angeles County, nearly one-quarter of which are chronically homeless, United Way and its partners are working to drive community awareness and action as part of its year-round campaign to prevent and end homelessness. Over the past four years, HomeWalk has mobilized 18,000 walkers, raised $1.7 million and moved 9,000 people into permanent housing.

“For the fifth year, thousands of Angelenos presented a united front against homelessness – collectively saying that the current situation in Los Angeles County is unacceptable. It is crucial that our residents tell elected officials that they are outraged and want this issue solved. HomeWalk gives them that platform,” said Elise Buik, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “Our communities are suffering, and we know that by mobilizing Angelenos we can continue to raise funds and awareness to create pathways out of poverty, getting the homeless into permanent housing.”

Homeless statistics in Los Angeles County:

  • Over 51,000 homeless people are in Los Angeles County; 18% are veterans
  • 40% of those homeless are women and children
  • Nearly one-quarter of those homeless (24%) are chronically homeless
  • 67% are unsheltered, living on the streets or in cars
  • Almost one third (32%) of homeless people in Los Angeles have a bachelors degree or higher
  • One of the leading reasons for homelessness is the loss of a job; unemployment in the Country is in double digits
  • Over half our households spend over 30% of income on rent, so just one crisis can push a family into homelessness

“Kobe Bryant has helped us reach more residents concerned about fighting homelessness, and his charity has done great work with homeless children. With the support of celebrities like Kobe, our public officials and Los Angeles County residents, we can make a difference,” continued Buik. The event commenced in downtown Los Angeles’ Exposition Park with elected officials and thousands of participants beginning the Walk at Figueroa street. The 5k route led participants through an educational journey displaying sobering scenes that illustrate homelessness and the long journey to permanent housing.

“I am touched to see that so many people are raising money for us,” said Trevor, a homeless man who was at the HomeWalk 2011. “I have been living on the streets for three years and thanks to all of the HomeWalk participants, I believe that someday, I will have a permanent house.”

The county-wide epidemic of homelessness is one of United Way’s core priorities to create pathways out of poverty.  HomeWalk is part of United Way’s pledge to raise the public awareness and fund solutions to end homelessness. For more information please go to www.homewalkla.org.

About United Way of Greater Los Angeles

United Way of Greater Los Angeles is committed to creating pathways out of poverty so that everyone who lives in our communities can have a better quality of life. We are focused on providing long-term solutions in the 3 interconnected areas, which are the root causes of poverty.

What is HomeWalk?
HomeWalk is United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ annual 5K Run/Walk to End Homelessness. Each year thousands join together to do their part by fundraising and spreading the word that homelessness is a solvable problem.

Why HomeWalk?
In Los Angeles County 51,000 people are homeless. Over the past 4 years, HomeWalk has mobilized 18,000 walkers, raised $1.7 million and funded organizations that have moved 9,000 people into permanent housing.  All proceeds go directly back to the community, supporting permanent solutions to end homelessness for chronically homeless people, veterans and families.

How Can We End Homelessness?
The number one reason for homelessness is loss of a job. With our region’s unemployment at the highest it’s been in a decade it’s not surprising that we are the homeless capital of the nation and that 40% of the homeless population are women and children.

We can end chronic, veteran and family homelessness by moving people into housing quickly while giving them the necessary services to remain there. Solutions such as permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing have proven highly successful in citied such as New York and Denver. In Los Angeles County the solutions we support have over 85% success at keeping people off the streets for good with a 43% cost savings for tax-payers.

HomeWalk is an opportunity for our community to come together to raise funds and hope for a better future. Join us by participating, volunteering and/or recruiting others. Together we will end homelessness.

(SOURCE United Way of Greater Los Angeles.)