Making a Difference West Edition

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Outreach program provides services for homeless

The nonprofit HOPICS, which stands for Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System, has opened a new facility in South Los Angeles. HOPICS was founded by Mike Neely in 1988 as a street outreach team to provide information, education and referrals for services for people on the streets. Neely, a former veteran, had faced homelessness himself, Read More…

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Homeless outreach teams fan out across South L.A.

LOS ANGELES — Calling it “Measure H at work,” County Supervisor Chairman Mark Ridley-Thomas announced Oct. 11 that street engagement teams are fanning out across Los Angeles County to have face-to-face interactions with people experiencing homelessness, and to help them access housing, health care and other supportive services. “All over the County of Los Angeles, Read More…

Columnists Opinion

Small sidewalk houses for homeless are not the answer

A couple of weeks ago, I saw the first news report with the attention-grabbing headline, “L.A. is seizing tiny homes from the homeless.” Immediately other news outlets began chasing the salacious story, telling one side more favorably than the other. Here’s the real story. An individual started an online fundraising campaign to build “tiny houses” Read More…