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Since 1991, Chrysalis Enterprises has provided transitional jobs for more than 500 clients each year. By providing valuable work experience, Chrysalis Enterprises helps clients gain the necessary skills needed to re-enter the job market.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

How Chrysalis Helps Homeless, Low-Income Residents Find Jobs

Posted Sep. 13, 2015, 8:37 am

According to Downtown Santa Monica's annual report, there were 96 "unsheltered individuals" in January 2015.

Latest news relating to homelessness.

News, Venice, Los Angeles, Homelessness

L.A. City Council To Vote On Dismantling Homeless Encampments

Posted Jun. 23, 2015, 9:33 am

The Los Angeles City Council is scheduled to take a final vote today on rules for dismantling homeless encampments and removing personal property left on sidewalks and in city parks.

Latest news relating to homelessness.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Results Of Santa Monica’s 2015 Homeless Count

Posted Mar. 2, 2015, 9:32 am

The City of Santa Monica presented the findings of the Citywide 2015 Homeless Count at the Social Services Commission meeting on Feb 23.

The 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count will be held Jan. 27-29.

News, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Homelessness

6,000 Volunteers Sought For 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count

Posted Jan. 13, 2015, 9:12 am

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is seeking 6,000 volunteers to assist with the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which will be held Jan. 27-29.

Latest news relating to homelessness.

News, Los Angeles, Holiday, Homelessness, Non Profits

Los Angeles Residents To Help Region's Poor On Christmas Day

Posted Dec. 24, 2014, 9:25 am

While thousands of Los Angeles-area residents will be opening presents Thursday, there will also be several efforts to help thousands of the region's poor on Christmas Day.

The Giving Spirit's founder Tom Bagamane (left) with a homeless client.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

The Giving Spirit Gives Generously To Homeless In Santa Monica

Posted Dec. 21, 2014, 9:40 am

More than 1,000 volunteers from The Giving Spirit assembled and distributed almost 2,600 survival kits from Dec. 11 to 14.

News, Venice, Homelessness

Venice's Chronically Homeless To Be Shuttled To Winter Shelter Nightly

Posted Dec. 2, 2014, 9:25 am

The city of Los Angeles will pay $100,000 to a homeless outreach group to direct Venice’s chronically homeless population to beds at the Westside Winter Shelter, which opened for the winter season Monday, and other services.

Volunteers with Gobble Gobble Give will prepare meals for Santa Monica’s homeless on Thanksgiving.

News, Holiday, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica Locals Set Out To Feed The Homeless This Thanksgiving

Posted Nov. 21, 2014, 9:48 am

Fifteen years ago, Barry Walker served meals to homeless people in need and told his friends about it. Now, people are following in his footsteps through Gobble Gobble Give in cities across the country, including Santa Monica, New York, and Las Vegas, and he expects more to come.

News, Los Angeles, Homelessness

HomeWalk Draws Record Amount Of Participants, Raises Over $1.29 Million

Posted Nov. 16, 2014, 9:04 am

More than 13,300 participants raised over $1.29 million at Saturday's eighth annual HomeWalk, helping fund efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles County, organizers said.

Donations have come pouring in for the 'Hav A Sole' movement that is helping homeless people receive lightly worn unwanted shoes.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

"Hav A Sole" Helps Homeless With Lightly Worn Shoes From The Community

Posted Aug. 30, 2014, 9:11 am

In a world where all we see on the news is kids getting high or even shot, I wish people could see what I see, when I look at my son, Rikki, and all his friends.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Police Department, Non Profits

Santa Monica Outreach Group Mourn Loss Of Volunteer, Ask For Donations

Posted Aug. 27, 2014, 9:12 am

A Santa Monica-based homeless outreach group asked for donations today in the name of a volunteer who was fatally injured in an accident Friday.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Venice Beach

Venice Beach Flash Mob Raises Awareness Of Youth Homelessness

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 9:29 am

The eclectic performers that make the Venice Beach Boardwalk famous had a bit of competition on Friday as a flash mob of around 60 dancers surprised visitors with a performance aimed at raising awareness of homeless youth exiting the foster care system in Los Angeles.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Homelessness

L.A. Councilman Wants "Czar" To Coordinate Homeless Services Across Los Angeles

Posted Aug. 9, 2014, 8:52 am

A Los Angeles city councilman said on Friday a "czar" should be brought in to coordinate services for the homeless in the city.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Bonin Hopes Ban On Living In Cars Doesn't Criminalize Homeless People

Posted Jun. 21, 2014, 7:06 am

One day after an appeals court panel struck down Los Angeles' law banning people from living in vehicles, a City Council member said today he is hopeful a new ordinance can be crafted that will address the issue without "criminalizing" homeless people.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Court Overturns Los Angeles Ban On Living In Vehicles

Posted Jun. 20, 2014, 9:34 am

A federal appeals court panel struck down Los Angeles' ban on using parked vehicles as "living quarters" on Thursday, ruling that the law is unconstitutional because it discriminates against the homeless and impoverished.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

City Of Santa Monica Says Homeless Population Has Decreased From 2013

Posted Feb. 25, 2014, 9:07 am

The City of Santa Monica announced a five percent decrease in homeless individuals on Monday night. The findings of the Citywide 2014 Homeless Count were released at the Social Services Commission meeting.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Big Turnout For 2014 Santa Monica Homeless Count

Posted Feb. 7, 2014, 7:05 am

An estimated 250 people turned out the night of Wednesday, Jan. 29 to help the City of Santa Monica conduct its annual Homeless Count.

Cherished Feet distributed shoes to homeless women in Santa Monica.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Cherished Feet Gives Away 50 Pairs Of Shoes To Homeless Santa Monica Women

Posted Jan. 25, 2014, 9:27 am

Cherished Feet distributed free shoes to homeless women at the Ocean Park Community Center's Daybreak Project at 1751 Cloverfield Boulevard on Thursday from 1 pm to 3 pm.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Countdown To 2014 Santa Monica Homeless Count: Volunteers Still Needed

Posted Jan. 8, 2014, 9:16 am

The City of Santa Monica is still registering individuals and groups to be a part of the 200-plus community volunteer effort that will hit the streets Wednesday, Jan. 29 to visually count every person sleeping in public spaces.

Alex Soto (left) and Tom Bagamane (right) of The Giving Spirit present a homeless man with one of the kits.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

The Giving Spirit Distributes Free Winter Survival Kits To Homeless People

Posted Dec. 28, 2013, 6:41 am

The Giving Spirit, a nonprofit that provides aid to women, children and families in Los Angeles who are left vulnerable due to homelessness, handed out free kits earlier this month that contained 60 items for winter survival.

'American Street Kid' is about youth homelessness on a local and national level.

News, Venice, Santa Monica, Film, Homelessness

Santa Monica Filmmaker Shines Light On Homeless Youth Epidemic

Posted Dec. 24, 2013, 8:59 am

Tears stream down Kiki’s adolescent face as she recounts escaping the horrors of her childhood, and the abuse she endured at the hands of her mother’s ex-boyfriend, in the promotional trailer for “American Street Kids.” Off-camera, Santa Monica writer and director Michael Leoni solemnly says, “I’m sorry.”

There were 24 previously homeless individuals who were honored at the 2013 Success Breakfast.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Celebrating Stories Of Success For No Longer Homeless Individuals

Posted Nov. 2, 2013, 9:52 am

The 18th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast was held last Friday morning, honoring 24 previously homeless individuals who, with the support of local nonprofit agencies, made extraordinary transitions from homelessness to lives filled with passion and promise.

Kristin Peterson will be one of 24 previously homeless individuals who will be honored Friday at the 18th annual Celebrating Success Breakfast.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness, Non Profits

Celebrating Success Event Friday To Recognize 24 Previously Homeless People

Posted Oct. 23, 2013, 9:07 am

Two decades ago Kristin Peterson’s ex-husband regularly attended an alcoholic recovery center in Venice but she herself had never stepped foot in their door. Today, that very location is one of her safe havens.

According to the Santa Monica 2013 Homeless Count findings, there have been significant increases in unsheltered individuals and people in vehicles that resulted in an overall increase in the street count of 20.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

2013 Santa Monica Homeless Results: One Percent Overall Increase

Posted Feb. 26, 2013, 9:11 am

Santa Monica's homeless population has increased from last year, according to the findings the City of Santa Monica presented at the Social Services Commission meeting on Monday night.

News, Santa Monica, Homelessness

Santa Monica To Conduct Annual Homeless Count Jan. 30; Volunteers Needed

Posted Jan. 24, 2013, 8:28 am

Another January in Santa Monica means it is time for the City’s annual Homeless Count. City Hall announced last week the yearly tally of the homeless living on the streets of Santa Monica would be held on the night of Jan. 30.

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