Homelessness in LA
I write a handful of stories each week for the website and occasionally for air. They range in topic from bubble-gum posts on internet memes to breaking and developing coverage. Homelessness is an issue I've been interested in since living in San Francisco and Oakland. Now, living in the area that is at least officially part of LA's Skid Row, I've found myself confronted with and fascinated by the issue. Whenever I get a chance, I try to delve into it a bit deeper. At this point it's become a bit of an official beat for me. A handful of samples of that work — both as audio and web stories — are featured below.
Homeless advocates enlist critics, councils for census count (Audio)
This year, census organizers reached out to groups that can sometimes be hostile to the homeless, encouraging them to take part in the count.
How close is LA to ending veteran homelessness? (Audio)
Service providers have just over a year to make good on a vow by the current administration to get every last vet off L.A.'s' streets. So how are they doing?
A boutique brand flourishes at Skid Row women's center (Audio)
It's holiday crunch time, and in a out-of-the-way workshop a merry craftspeople are hard at work stitching journals and stamping the covers of holiday cards for the busiest season on record.
Skid Row homeless women increasingly older, report says
Los Angeles's Skid Row is home to an increasingly older population of women, many of whom have experienced domestic and sexual abuse, according to a new report.
Downtown LA's Rosslyn Hotel to become housing for homeless (Audio)
Unlike many beautiful downtown buildings undergoing a makeover, the restored Rosslyn Hotel will cater not to high-end luxury loft seekers, but to the area's growing homeless population.
LA homeless count: 2015 census gets underway this week (Audio)
The effort will lead to a better understanding of who and where L.A.'s homeless are. That information then plays a role in determining how funding is allocated across the county.
Arroyo Seco clean up to extend into next week
L.A. sanitation officials say they're working on a major clean-up effort along the dry Arroyo Seco riverbed in South Pasadena, where a number of homeless encampments have sprung up in recent years, some with their own kitchens and bathroom structures.
LA's homeless: Skid Row's epic clean-up by the numbers
Officials have released details on the results of the first thrust of the $3.7 million effort to clean up Skid Row and provide help to its residents. Is it working?
Extra $214M to coordinate services, programs
L.A. homeless organizations will be getting a $214 million boost to help expand services and ease coordination between the city and county's many agencies.>