COVID-19 testing

Los Angeles County residents who are 65 years old and older can now register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments.

Residents in this high-priority age group should visit to schedule their appointments, which begin Wednesday, January 20th. Residents who don’t have computer access may call (833) 540-0473 between 8 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. for assistance with reservations.



JUNE 15: What will it take to end Homelesness in LA?




Tuesday, June 15, 2021, 5:00 PM PT

A Zócalo/United Way Event, Co-Presented with the Committee for Greater Los Angeles
Moderated by Anna Scott, Housing and Homelessness Reporter, KCRW

Today, more than one-quarter of all unsheltered people in the United States live in L.A. County. And of all Angelenos experiencing homelessness, more than 70 percent are sleeping in the streets, or in makeshift structures, tents, or vehicles. Homelessness has always been a public health and humanitarian crisis, but the crisis has been exacerbated by the continued lack of affordable housing and the global pandemic. Policy changes and unprecedented housing investments, including Projects Roomkey and Homekey—converting hotels into housing—and the federal American Rescue Plan, haven’t been able to keep up with rising evictions and housing costs. Meanwhile, the issue is bitterly dividing neighbors and becoming a source of intense conflict in local politics. And elected officials, organizations dedicated to helping unsheltered people, and other stakeholders cannot agree on whether to put their resources toward local, interim housing or creating more permanent housing solutions. What should the city do to ease the crisis right now—and are many of the quick fixes being proposed truly sustainable? What sort of civic will and capacity must L.A. muster to respond to the many different fronts on which the battle against homelessness is being fought? And how much would L.A. have to change itself—its governance system, its economy, its housing, its laws—to end homelessness in the long-term?

In conjunction with the publication of new reports on homelessness from United Way and the Committee For Greater LA, UCLA California Policy Lab executive director Janey Rountree, Enterprise Community Partners vice president Jimar Wilson, L.A. resident Shawn Pleasants, Chair of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission Ad Hoc Committee on Governance Reform Sarah Dusseault, and United Way of Greater Los Angeles Homelessness Initiatives director Carter Hewgley visit Zócalo to discuss what it would take for L.A. to shelter all its people.



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USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and Advocates for African American Elders

African Americans are at a significantly higher risk than whites of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and they also report lower levels of AD literacy than their white counterparts.

Karen Lincoln, associate professor and founder of Advocates for African American Elders, launched the BrainWorks research study to promote AD literacy within the African American community. This study aimed to help individuals identify AD symptoms and encourage them to seek help from a physician or mental health provider.

Lincoln's study shows that older African Americans who received culturally tailored text messages about Alzheimer’s disease had the highest increase in Alzheimer’s disease literacy levels when compared with other participants. - Recorded Youtube Overview

Advocates for African American Elders (AAAE)

Advocates for African American Elders (AAAE) was founded in 2012 in response to the persistent and growing needs of African American seniors in Los Angeles. Click here to learn more - AAAE Website

More resources and engagement to come in our effort to support, care and respect the wellbeing, lifestyles, health, and sustainability of our elders who live in the West Adams community!

Check out this workshop recorded on Youtube on How to Improve Alzheimer’s Education among African Americans (BrainWorks) - workshop link

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

funeral assistance

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) Funeral Reimbursement Program will launch in April - read details here.

FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000.00 for funerals, as a result of deaths from COVID-19 from January 20, 2020 to December 31, 2020. Family member(s) who paid for a funeral, and have documentation can apply for the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance.

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