Thursday, February 28, 2013

NATIONAL RUNAWAY SWITCHBOARD NOW NATIONAL RUNAWAY SAFELINE

1 - 800 - 784 -2433  National Runaway Switchboard is now National Runaway Safeline.

National Runaway Safeline link RUNAWAY ORG - click on this!

Keeping America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year.

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home.

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home.

Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets.

Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. If you're not ready to call, you can post to our bulletin board, send an email, or start a live chat. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.

Our services are provided in part through funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

TB OUTBREAK ON LA SKID ROW AREA - GET YOUR TB TEST NOW!

NBC VITALS : TB OUTBREAK AMONG LOST ANGELES  article by Deena Beasley and Julie Steenhuysen


for Rueters.   The cluster of TB cases going on in Los Angeles follows a pattern of infection. A review of 51 TB cases which the CDC investigated between 2002 and 2008 published in Emerging Infectious Diseases found substance abuse was the most common risk factor, with 58 percent of outbreak patients reporting substance abuse.     LOS ANGELES COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH TB PAGE   Most cases can be cured with a six-month cocktail of antibiotics, but rates of drug-resistant TB have been spreading fast, causing alarm among public health officials and prompting calls for more research into new treatments.




CLICK ON THIS LINK TO FIND LOCATIONS FOR TESTING FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE: LAHD - COUNTY HOSPITALS THAT DO TB TESTS

Saturday, February 23, 2013

ARE YOU WALKING AROUND UNAWARE THAT YOU OWN MONEY THAT'S UNCLAIMED?

YAHOO NEWS - UNCLAIMED MONEY IN THE ZILLIONS  (just kidding, the number is 58 BILLION!)

Wouldn't that be shit!  Maybe you lost your home or apartment, maybe you lost your car and computer, maybe the landlord put your furniture on the curb, and last night in the park was damn cold.  Meanwhile, you don't know that there is money with your name on it.

We sometimes hear the news about a homeless person who is a heir to millions (and some would rather stay on the street where they have a sense of community) but  even $186. would be good to have.

"Currently, states, federal agencies and other organizations collectively hold more than $58 billion in unclaimed cash and benefits. That's roughly $186 for every U.S. resident. The unclaimed property comes from a variety of sources, including abandoned bank accounts and stock holdings, unclaimed life insurance payouts and forgotten pension benefits."

We just met another someone who is living with relatives in Palmdale after loosing a home, so we just know that you're going to follow the link to the article and to the databases!



Thursday, February 21, 2013

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT - SAN DIEGO - STORAGE LOCKERS

KFMB RADIO - HOMELESS CONNECT SERVES 1150 WITH SERVICES OUTREACH  article

PROJECT HOMELESS CONNECT HOME PAGE link here  Homeless San Diegans living on the streets of downtown San Diego will continue to have a place to store their belongings while they look for work or use public transportation to connect with social services. Watch Video."

They had a conference on Valentines Day and asked San Diego residents to drop change downtown.  They say they will help you furnish your home to help you succeed once placed.


We'd like to hear from some San Diego Homeless about their experiences in that county.

Monday, February 18, 2013

ASCENCIA VETERANS PROJECT - ARE YOU IN THEIR OUTREACH AREA? INCLUDES ATWATER VILLAGE, BURBANK, EAGLE ROCK

ASCENCIA VETERANS PROJECT
can help veterans of the United States Armed Forces who are CURRENTLY LIVING HOUSED OR HOMELESS IN THEIR OUTREACH AREA.

This is the area :  Glendale or communities East of the 170 and 118 Freeways and West of Lake Avenue in Pasadena INCLUDING ATWATER VILLAGE, BURBANK, EAGLE ROCK.  (So you know where to move your homelessness don't you?)

SERVING LOW INCOME VETS and that is for an example, a family of ONE living on $29,550 or less a year.

MUST PROVIDE DD2314 but they can help you get it.
So go get that in process right away.

ASCENCIA
437 Fernando Court
Glendale, CA  91204
(818) 246 - 7900

ASCENCIA BLOG (RICHARD BRANSON JUST HANDED OVER SOME MONEY!)


Saturday, February 16, 2013

PANIC SETS IN AT COLD WEATHER SHELTERS ABOUT NOW

It's been a very cold for Southern California season, with cold weather shelters that used to open mid October and stay open till March 15th, closing around March 1st this year, unless additional funds are paid for and other arrangements are made.

So for those who are newly homeless and have not been taken into a Year Round Program this is when panic sets in.  Unlike homeless who have gotten more used to living on the streets (some say they "like" living that way) or who are seasonal laborers just using the shelters instead of paying for motels, these newly homeless, often people who have lost homes and apartments, are scared. 

Social Workers at some Cold Weather Shelters will be giving updates, letters of referal, and other information to help.  We want to wish you all the best of luck with this!  We see no change in the economy that's big enough to put people with big holes in their resumes back to work.

Monday, February 11, 2013

HOMELESS VETS IN LOS ANGELES NUMBER 6000 PLUS

HOMELESS VETS TOUCH WINTER BY JESSICA P. OGILVIE - LA WEEKLY - JAN 25-31 2013

"Several days ago, Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarcon revealed publicly that his son is living on the streets, where Alarcon sometimes sees him roaming, and has been doing so for four years... As more soldiers return from Iraq and Afghanistan, suffering from higher rates of post-traumatic stress disorder than veterans of past wars, the number of homeless vets is expected to rise after having fallen from 8,000 in 2011 to 6,300 today. Some will repeatedly choose to make homelessness a way of life...

This article also quotes New Directions, which helps about 600 vets a year.  Many vets stay at the National Armory closest to the VA in Westwood.




Saturday, February 9, 2013

ST. JOSEPH CENTER'S CULINARY TRAINING PROGRAM - APPLY NOW TO QUALIFY FOR FREE PROGRAM - VENICE - IMPRESS YOUR CASE MANAGER

We found this flyer at SOVA and decided to call and see if the program is still going on.  It is, and we think anyone who is staying at a shelter that can promise you that you can stay until you are in the program, the ten weeks it takes to get through the program, and then the externship and job search, should apply.

To qualify...  You must be at least 18, be unemployed or underemployed,  be physically able to stand, move, bend, twist, and kneel and comfortably lift 50 pounds.  MUST HAVE A TB TEST CERTIFIED WITHIN THE LAST 6 MONTHS, read and write in English. Criminal background : No violent crimes, sexual assault, terrorist or arson threats, no identity theft, or warrants outstanding...  (TIME TO CLEAN UP THOSE TICKETS WITH TRAFFIC COURT... Check out our TRAFFIC COURT LINKS! Use the GOOGLE SEARCH feature embedded in this blog!)

THERE IS NO TUITION.  YOU WILL HAVE TO PAY FOR A CHEF UNIFORM.  THIS IS NOT ABOUT FLIPPING BURGERS...  YOU WILL LEARN CLASSICAL FRENCH COOKING

(The shelter sure could use some help in the kitchen !)
310 - 396- 6468  X 355 to apply.  CALL FIRST.

You will be interviewed.  Upcoming start date is February 25th 2013,  Then April 22 2013, then June 10 2013.

YOU WILL REALLY IMPRESS (ANY DECENT HUUMAN BEING) CASE MANAGER!
Link to their site!
ST JOSEPHS   "Students have the opportunity to complete a kitchen practicum at our Bread and Roses CafĂ©. The externship, conducted in the renowned kitchens of some of the Westside's best restaurants, provides students who may have little employment history with recent work experience and professional references (please see below for a list of some of our externship partners). All classes are provided free of charge to participants and include such supportive services as case management and pantry enrollment.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

SAINT DAVID'S CHURCH - NO HO FEED FOR THE HOMELESS

SAINT DAVID'S ANGLICAN CHURCH SITE  link

"Every Saturday morning we partner with Hope of the Valley RescueMission to provide hot breakfast for the homeless in our community, we provide sack-lunch and clothing. Through our Manna ministry we provide food for those who come to our doors during the
week... St. David’s Church is an Anglican Church in North Hollywood, Southern California. We are a part of the Anglican Church in North America and we belong to the Diocese of Western Anglicans. St. David’s is a church that is catholic (sacramental), evangelical (bible-believing), and charismatic (Spirit-led).

We hear that 40 to 60 people have a breakfast on Saturdays at Saint David's and that the church has have provided this feed for many years.  Short prayer before eating.

St. David's Anglican Church
11605 Magnolia Blvd.,
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Phone: 818-761-8633

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

REPUBLIC OF PIE - NOHO - HOSTS NORTH HOLLYWOOD INTERFAITH FOOD BANK FREE CONCERT SATURDAY FEB 9 2013

Concert for the NORTH HOLLYWOOD INTERFAITH FOODBANK

will be hosted by REPUBLIC OF PIE

at 1118 Magnolia Blvd, NO HO CA  91601

FREE SHOW - bring bags of rice, dried beans (lots of time and energy to cook and with no stove this can be difficult so we don't understand), peanut butter in plastic jars (what no Laura Scudders?) cash or other food donations.   CONCERT STARTS at 8 PM... A two hour show featuring Americana bands, BAD BRENDA, LITTLE FRIEND, Feef Mooney, Jillian Stapley, Ant Welkom of the Cosmic Sucker Punch, and you know there will be Others.

SOUNDS GREAT!  GOOD LUCK!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

BLACK YOUTH PROJECT - BLACK HOMELESS YOUTH DON'T CALL THEMSELVES HOMELESS OR REACH OUT FOR SERVICES - THOUGHTS OF SUICIDE

HOMELESS BLACK YOUTH LARGELY INVISIBLE TO SERVICE PROVIDERS - link to article at BLACK YOUTH PROJECT

NEW AMERICAN MEDIA ..." African American youth are less likely to call themselves “homeless,” even when they do not know where they will be sleeping from one day to the next. Those surveyed used the term “couch surfing” instead, and many said they stay with a different family member or friend each night. Other survival strategies included walking the streets, or napping on buses or at fast food restaurants, according to the report..."