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On November 28, 2018 Councilmember Buscaino held a press conference in Harbor Gateway North at the El Segundo Apartments calling for volunteers for January’s Homeless Count. Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Recording Secretary Rosalie Preston was at the press conference (front left). Hear his comments in this Facebook video:

Councilmember Buscaino reports that there are 32 homeless  students at his daughter’s middle school in San Pedro. Student are asking for money or trying to sell products to earn money. There are over 15,000 homeless students across LAUSD. The conversation today about homelessness focuses on the most visible, those on the streets. Students are not as visible.

Supply in housing at all income levels is the only solution that will work. His district is home to the largest public housing developments in the city. In Wilmington they recently opened 176 new units of low income housing. In Watts they are doubling the size of Jordan Downs from 700 to 1,400 units without displacing people. We need to build more housing, but it takes time. What do we do in the meantime?

Our city’s answer is Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Bridge Home Housing. Buscaino has committed to building three bridge homes in Watts, San Pedro and Wilmington. Imagine having to sleep with your child in car. How safe would you feel and how well would you do at work and your child at school the next day? This is why Councilmember Buscaino supports safe parking programs, which include security guards, bathroom facilities and case workers. He is glad that LAUSD is looking at how to provide safe parking at every school with homeless students.

Everyone is invited to volunteer at the Homeless Count on January 23 at 802 W. Gardena Blvd, Gardena. Sign Up Now.

Our area  is seeking Budget Advocates. Budget Advocates do not need to be NC board members but they do need to be appointed as the Budget Rep for their council.

Note that anyone can attend Budget Advocate meetings – dates, locations and agendas are posted at If a potential nominee cannot attend that meeting, that does not preclude their running for the position – however, attendance at a majority of our meetings is important.

Working with the Budget Advocates is a great opportunity to have your voice heard by the City and to learn more about how Los Angeles’ government and its departments work. Here is some additional information about what Budget Advocates and Budget Representatives do: Budget Advocate Trifold.

There will be 36 of us to share the work so you will be joining a team not taking on the City single- handed.

And, if you have any questions or concerns about any of the above, please feel free to e-mail, Co-chair, Budget Advocates.

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Metro has commissioned a study to explore the potential to roll out an on-demand transit pilot in locations throughout LA County. This is an opportunity to reimagine mobility on a small-scale, and we want you to help us design your ideal service for your community. Check out to learn more about the zones we’re looking at and take our survey (the zone closest to us is the greater Watts area, encompassing two of our Green Line stations and the Manchester freeway Silverline station–see map below).

Here are some highlights of what you can expect from this service:

A Personal Touch: In addition to using an app to book a ride, riders also have the option to use a call center to schedule a ride – either on-demand or in advance.

Short Distance: The service will be available in identified service zones, and will provide access for short trips – around 20 minutes or less.

Accessible: While vehicles will be smaller than traditional Metro buses, all vehicles will provide access for wheelchairs and other disabled riders.

TAP-Friendly: Customers will be able to link their Transit Access Pass (TAP) card, which can be used across all other transit service in LA County, to pay for the service.

Help us design your ideal mobility future by learning more about our zones and sharing your input through our survey.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, please contact Laura Muna-Landa at 909-627-2974, or

Map of Metro on Demand in Watts & Willowbrook

The Daily Breeze reported on October 22, 2018 that the San Pedro Temple that was planning to host homeless overnight parking has paused their plans due to local demonstrators and complaints.

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Photo credit: Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG

The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs is now accepting proposals for its 2019-20 Artist in Residence (AIR) and City of LA (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship grants programs.

Guidelines and instructions can be found online at:

COLA Individual Artist Fellowships Guidelines and Instructions:

Artists-in-Residence Guidelines and Instructions:

The deadline for online submission of the application for the City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowships is October 26, 2018.

The deadline for online submission of the application for the Artists-in-Residence and Artists-in-Residence Social Justice Program (AIR and AIR-SJ) is Friday, October 26, 2018.

COLA Individual Artist Fellowships Program

The COLA Individual Artist Fellowships Program Online Webinar Workshop can be viewed below:

The webinar has a running time of 30 minutes.

Online Submission Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018.
Hard Copy Postmarked by: Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Artists-in-Residence Program (AIR and AIR-SJ)

The AIR and AIR-SJ Online Webinar Workshop can be viewed below:

The webinar has a running time of 30 minutes.

Online Submission Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018.

Hard Copy Postmarked by: Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Applications Due Friday, October 26, 2018
For Both Programs

KPCC reported September 30, 2018 on the problem of those who are homeless and employed. They are working, but the cost of housing takes up too much of their income, they have not saved enough for rent deposits, and may have poor credit scores impeding their ability to get housing. Because of the need to look professional for work, they don’t look homeless and they don’t quite know where to turn for assistance. Further, many fear that if their employers knew they were homeless, it might negatively impact their job.

“Los Angeles County has more than 50,000 residents who are homeless. Eight percent of adults surveyed in 2017 said they were working to some degree, mostly in part-time, seasonal or temporary work. Among homeless adults with children, 27 percent said they were working either part or full time,” KPCC reports.

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On September 12, 2018, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas joined with leaders from Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Department of Health Services to cut the ribbon on the newly constructed KIDS Hub Clinic at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The KIDS Hub provides services to children from birth through age 18 who involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).

“Today, we recognize, honor, and celebrate the critical services provided by our Pediatric Hub system for vulnerable children throughout the County,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. “Simply stated: children matter, children come first, and our duty is to be there for them.”

The KIDS Hub provides state-of-the-art expert assessment while reducing trauma to the child victims and their families and evaluates. “The expert medical, forensic evaluations and developmental assessments we provide to identify child abuse and neglect for children involved with DCFS, are key to identifying and protecting at-risk children,” said Kelly Callahan, MD, KIDS Hub Medical Director.

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center KIDS Hub provides services to children from birth up to age 18, who involved with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). It is part of a Los Angeles County Department of Health Services network of Hub clinics, designed to serve this particularly vulnerable population.

“We are thrilled to recognize the completion of the newest of DHS’ six Hub Clinics. Through our partnerships with the Departments of Mental Health and Children and Family Services, the Hub Clinics provide a vital link to medical care, forensic exams and other health services for the most vulnerable children in our communities,” said Christina Ghaly, MD, Acting Director of Health Services.

The KIDS Hub operates in partnership with the Los Angeles County Departments of Children and Family Services and Mental Health. “DMH is very excited about the expansion and enrichment of the KIDS Hub,” said Jon Sherin, MD, Director of Mental Health. “This additional resource is a critical component of our foster care network and will be an essential part of our ongoing work to prevent and mitigate trauma for children and their families. “

September 5, 2018: It’s a big day for Los Angeles — we’re taking a major step forward in our City’s work to find homes for unsheltered Angelenos, and I wanted you to know.

Today, we are excited to announce the opening of L.A.’s first bridge housing site at El Pueblo, which will open its doors to homeless Angelenos in just a few short days. It is the first facility to open under my plan for temporary emergency housing, A Bridge Home.

A Bridge Home sites are built to be safe and welcoming — offering not just warm beds, meals and hot showers, but also access to mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, and pet accommodations — as well as around-the-clock, on-site care. Our goal is to help homeless Angelenos recover from the trauma and poverty that forced them onto the streets and put them on a path to supportive housing.

This video explains how the facilities in this program will work:
The housing at El Pueblo will be occupied by people living in encampments in the immediate surrounding area. Residents were identified by outreach teams who have walked the neighborhood’s streets every day for months to connect with homeless Angelenos already living in the community, and prepare them to move indoors.

Today, we have one message for the men and women who will soon move into this facility: Welcome home.

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Anyone who has cared for a relative with Alzheimer’s, autism, or dementia knows the fear of not knowing what might happen when you turn your back. 60% of individuals with Alzheimer’s and 49% of children with Autism will wander & go missing at some point in their lives. County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s team has been working hard on a program designed to help caregivers in LA County find their loved ones when they go missing and bring them home.We are a few weeks away from the launch date, but in the meantime check out this great video (nominated for a Local Emmy) about the ongoing search for Nancy Paulikas, the challenges caregivers face, and the people working on solutions.


US News Article: Seeking the Lost

The week of August 10, 2018 Councilmember Buscaino helped open 160 units of supportive and low-incoming housing in his district for the formerly homeless. The El Segundo Apartments and 127th Street Apartments in Harbor Gateway will help take many individuals and families off our streets and out of their cars, giving them a fair shot at life.

The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee worked closely with the Meta Housing Corporation during the planning process which started three years ago. Construction took about six months and we are pleased with how the building came out and the services provided to our community. We hope to partner with other developers in our community throughout the duration of projects to benefit Harbor Gateway.

Thank you to the Meta Housing Corporation for partnering with Los Angeles to make this project possible.

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