Biden’s Federal Funding Changes May Mean More Money On Homelessness For LA
An executive order signed by President Biden made changes to how federal dollars are funneled towards municipalities.
(Source KCPP.com) L.A. City Councilmembers are hopeful this change may mean added support for Project Roomkey, the state and county initiative to secure hotel rooms for people experiencing homelessness. Earlier this week, Councilmember Mike Bonin introduced a motion for the city to explore expansion options to Project Roomkey.
We discuss what this change in federal funding means for homelessness initiatives in L.A. Plus, how has Project Roomkey been doing? Is its expansion the best way to move forward?
We reached out to Los Angeles City Councilmembers Nithya Raman and Mike Bonin, who introduced the motion, as well as Los Angeles Homeless Services Executive Director Heidi Marston, but none were available to join us at the time of our discussion.
Ben Oreskes, metro reporter for the L.A. Times where he covers homelessness and housing; his recent piece is “‘Manna from heaven’: L.A. officials say Biden funding could get thousands of homeless off streets”
Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of St. Joseph Center which works with working poor families, and homeless men, women and children; they are based in Venice and service L.A. County
To hear the full airtalk go to https://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2021/01/28/66460/biden-s-federal-funding-changes-may-mean-more-mone/
St. Joseph Center Becomes Service Partner for Prop HHH Senior Chesterfield Project in South L.A.
South Los Angeles, CA
St. Joseph Center is proud to provide case management services for the Chesterfield Housing project for senior resident Angelenos.
(Office of Mayor Garcetti Facebook Live)Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and Mayor Eric Garcetti for the groundbreaking of a new Prop-HHH permanent supportive housing project for formerly homeless seniors and Angelenos with disabilities in South L.A.
Project Roomkey Receives New FEMA Funding
Los Angeles, CA
Project Roomkey Receives New FEMA Funding and CEO Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum Shares What This News Means Moving Forward
(Source: VICE News) The CA Project Roomkey program to shelter thousands of at-risk homeless in empty hotels during the pandemic received more funding from FEMA. CEO Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum shares insights on opening the first Project Roomkey hotel in LA and our commitment to moving forward.
Los Angeles Rams player gives back to families in South LA
South Los Angeles
The Los Angeles Rams’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee Andrew Whitworth and his family handed out gifts to families in need in South LA.
SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Andrew Whitworth is an LA Rams four-time pro bowler and a veteran leader who is sorely missed by his teammates as he works to get back on the field, after an injury earlier this season.
Whitworth is also known for the great things he does off the field. He’s the Rams’ Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee and it’s because the big offensive lineman also has a big heart.
Whitworth and his family visited South L.A. families who are currently staying at Sola Open Air Transitional living. Sola is affiliated with St. Joseph Center.
“We just want to make sure we gave you a little extra blessing for Christmas,” Whitworth said. “And to let you know we’re thinking about you and that we want the best for you and that honestly, we love you.”
“The Whitworths are ensuring that the children here are at Sola Open Air: Safe Landing for Families will not go to bed hungry this season,” said the president and CEO of St. Joseph Center Dr. Va Lecia Adams Kellum. “We’re so grateful.”
The Whitworths purchased gifts for 92 children and are providing 53 families with their own $500 grocery store gift card along with individually packaged holiday meals.
The Open Air RV Transitional Living program provides safe housing for families who were living on the streets or in their vehicles. Rams’ Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year nominee said he wants to make sure the families know they’re loved.
“I think the best you can hope for from a moment like this is that one family at least at a minimum is inspired to keep going,” said Whitworth.
“This is a celebration of love, of giving and it really did something to my heart because I didn’t expect all this from him and this program,” said Sola Open Air resident Danielle Murray.
The Los Angeles Rams and Ram Truck Team up with St. Joseph Center to Help Feed Families for the Holidays
Los Angeles, CA
Rams Team Up with St. Joseph Center to Deliver Holiday Meals KCAL-9 Sports Central