Growth of homeless population countywide outpaces Santa Monica

first_imgHomeFeaturedGrowth of homeless population countywide outpaces Santa Monica Jun. 04, 2019 at 4:18 pmFeaturedHomelessnessNewsGrowth of homeless population countywide outpaces Santa MonicaMadeleine Pauker2 years agoalisa ordunahomeless counthomelessnesslahsalos angeles countyFile photo Santa Monica’s homeless population is growing far more slowly than the rest of Los Angeles County, which spiked this year alongside other counties across California.The number of people experiencing homelessness grew 12 percent countywide and 16 percent in the city of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which released the results of its annual homeless count Tuesday. After falling by 19 percent last year, the number of individuals on the Westside grew by the same percentage, the largest increase of any region in the county.Santa Monica conducts its own count and recorded only a three percent increase in 2019, counting 987 people this year and 957 last year. Two-thirds are unsheltered. Alisa Orduña, the City’s senior advisor on homelessness, said an investment of $1.4 million in 2017 has allowed the City to fund homeless outreach teams on the street and social workers in libraries who are in constant contact with each other and make decisions using the same data.“If the police receive five calls for service from the same location, we treat it as a hotspot and address it quickly,” she said. “There’s a potential for that across the county.”LAHSA counted 58,936 homeless individuals in 2019 and 52,765 individuals in 2018. Three-quarters are living on the streets. The same proportion have lived in the county for more than five years.The homeless population of both Santa Monica and the county rose dramatically between 2014 and 2017. The trend showed signs of slowing or reversing in 2018, when the county reported a three percent decrease and Santa Monica’s population grew by four percent after jumping 26 percent the previous year.But while Santa Monica was able to maintain that rate of growth this year, the county saw another double-digit increase. Funding from Measure H helped the county house 21,631 people last year and provided 1,841 new shelter beds, but the region’s high rents still forced thousands into homelessness – a net increase of 6,171 people. While homelessless is not purely an issue of affordability – in Los Angeles County, almost one in three homeless individuals have a serious mental illness or substance abuse disorder – the data points to a chronic housing crisis that LAHSA cannot solve directly. A quarter of unsheltered adults lost their housing in 2018 and are experiencing homelessness for the first time. A third of households are at risk of joining them because they spend more than half of their income on rent. In Santa Monica, about 13 percent of households are at risk of homelessness because they earn less than $50,000 a year and spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent. Housing costs have driven spikes in homelessness among vulnerable groups in Los Angeles County, such as youth and seniors, and made it difficult to house chronically homeless people, who have a physical or mental impairment and have been unsheltered for at least one year.In 2019, the number of people aged 18 to 24 experiencing homelessness rose by a quarter and the population of chronically homeless people jumped 17 percent. More seniors and families fell into homelessness – seven and eight percent, respectively – while there was no change in the population of homeless veterans.The county needs 516,946 new affordable housing units to meet the demand for housing, according to LAHSA. Proposition HHH, a $1.2 billion bond voters passed in 2016, is supposed to provide 10,000 supportive housing units, a small fraction of that total. No units have opened yet and the cost of building the units has far surpassed initial estimates. Santa Monica has committed to building 140 permanent supportive housing units and is exploring replacing its largest homeless shelter, Samoshel, and building a behavioral health center. But while most effort and funding in the region has so far been devoted to new housing and shelter beds, officials in the county and Santa Monica say a greater focus on preventing people from becoming homeless is urgently needed.The City and county must find new ways to identify people at risk of becoming homeless, Orduña said. For example, hospitals include a question on standard forms that asks if a patient is experiencing domestic violence. They and other social service providers like schools and HR departments could include a question asking if someone is housing insecure.“We would need to let them this is a safe place they can share that information and have systems in place to follow up with it,” she said.Santa Monica is also exploring cash transfers to prevent homelessness with its Preserving Our Diversity (POD) program, which provides assistance to rent-burdened seniors. The proposed 2019-2021 budget includes $2 million to expand the program to 200 to 400 households.“We could use new state funding around that concept of diversion,” Orduña said. “For that population a paycheck away from homelessness or months behind on their rent, we could supplement their income before they fall into the streets and find out what else is going on to stabilize them.”[email protected] :alisa ordunahomeless counthomelessnesslahsalos angeles countyshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Lulu says: 1 Comment None of those people who live in those tents work. Why do you guys sell it like that’s the type that are living in there. We had to call the cops 3x this week bc 3 separate homeless people attacked innocent bystanders. Those type of homeless people are drug addicts &/or brought on with mental illness. Most of these people who live in these tents put themselves in this position. What’s the statistic that out of all the homeless drug addicts will become productive members with help? Yet u want to raise our taxes & use it for stupid adverts that welcome the homeless but won’t protect our communities May 12, 2020 at 10:28 AM Comments are closed. Connecticut Man Pleads to DUI Crash With TrainSan Francisco may force treatment on mentally ill drug usersYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Willemse recalled to experimental France squad

first_img‘ France coach Fabien Galthie has named 19 uncapped players in his 42-man training squad for the upcoming Six Nations tournament.As Les Blues prepare for their new era under Galthie, who replaced Jacques Brunel as head coach after the 2019 World Cup, a number of players could make their Test debuts in an experimental squad which will be captained by Charles Ollivon.The 26-year-old Toulon flank takes over the captaincy from hooker Guilhem Guirado, who has retired from Test rugby.South African-born Montpellier lock Paul Willemse, who missed out on the chance to play in the World Cup due to injury, is back in the squad for what could be his second Six Nations tournament after his debut in 2019.Also recalled is Racing 92 wing Teddy Thomas.Among those who could make their Test debuts is 20-year-old flyhalf Louis Carbonel, who formed a major part of the France side which won the World Rugby U20 Championship last year.France begin their campaign against World Cup finalists England in Paris on 2 February. Published on January 8, 2020 Willemse recalled to experimental France squad Posted in Six Nations, Top headlines Tagged Fabien Galthie, France, Paul Willemse, Six Nations Photo: PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine Paul Willemse lets out a scream of elation after scoring Loans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoBuzzSuperDetails About Meghan Markle’s Wedding Will Leave You SpeechlessBuzzSuper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Buzz TreatmentRemember Grace Jones? Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowBuzz Treatment|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘  6  0 World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoDatemyage.comOver 40 And Single?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGrammarlyAvoid Grammatical Errors with This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarly|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ Life Exact BrazilRemember Grace Jones? She Is Almost 73, See Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘last_img read more