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.



Go Human

The Southern California Association of Governments’ (SCAG) Go Human campaign aims to reduce traffic collisions to improve safety in communities across Southern California. SCAG hopes to create safer and healthier cities through education, advocacy, information sharing and events that help residents re-envision their neighborhoods. Learn more about Go Human here.

La campaña Go Human de la Asociación de Gobiernos del Sur de California (SCAG) tiene como objetivo reducir los accidentes de tránsito para mejorar la seguridad en las comunidades del sur de California. SCAG espera crear ciudades más seguras y saludables a través de educación, promoción, intercambio de información y eventos que ayuden a los residentes a volver a visualizar sus vecindarios.

Check out Go Human’s informational traffic safety tips:

Commit to driving practices that create safe streets for vulnerable users, particularly those who walk and bike. Take the Go Human Safe Driver Pledge!

Comprométase a prácticas de manejo que generen calles seguras para los usuarios vulnerables, particularmente para aquellos que caminan o andan en bicicleta. ¡Toma el compromiso del conductor seguro de Go Human!

Neighboring New Los Angeles Charter Middle School Grab and Go Food – Final day was 4/16/21

Neighboring New Los Angeles Charter Middle School’s last day of serving free meals was on April 16th.

Thank you for your support over this year!

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

Disaster Help Center

Click here to see the listing of Disaster Help Center resources – Click

Grab and Go Food Centers – Final day 4/16/21

LA Grab and GoFinal day for all Grab and Go Servicesmore info

With so many families counting on their children getting two subsidized meals each weekday, Free Meals at 60 Grab & Go Food Centers will be provided by Los Angeles Unified in partnership with the Red Cross during the temporary closure of schools.

West Adams local Center is located at:
Susan Miller Dorsey Senior High School, 3537 Farmdale Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90016

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

5TH Annual Build With Construction Matchmaking – Virtual Event

5TH Annual Build With Construction Matchmaking – Virtual Event

Thursday, February 25, 2021 – 10 am to 11:30 am

The Board of Public Works and the Bureau of Contract Administration invite you to the 2021 AccessingLA BuildWith Virtual Event on Thursday, Feb 25, 2021. This event is put together in collaboration with the Mayor Garcetti’s Office of Budget & Innovation and Office of Economic Development.

Click here to register.

West Adams is forming a Neighborhood Team for disaster preparedness!


West Adams is forming a Neighborhood Team for disaster preparedness! We want YOU to join our *free* six-session training to learn essential skills and form an emergency plan with your neighbors. Please fill out this surveyEnglish

and visit PrepareWestAdams.org for more information and to register.


¡West Adams está formando un Equipo Vecinal para la preparación para desastres! Queremos que USTED se una a nuestra capacitación *gratuita* de seis sesiones para aprender habilidades esenciales y formar un plan de emergencia con sus vecinos. Encuesta en español

visite PrepareWestAdams.org para obtener más información y registrarse.

Welcome to MyVoiceLA

The City of Los Angeles has developed MyVoiceLA for current and former City employees, contract workers, interns and volunteers, commissioners, elected and appointed officials, and applicants for City employment who are seeking more information about their rights and responsibilities relating to discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation, you can use this portal to submit a complaint online. Click here to go to website

County of Los Angeles Public Health – COVID19 Vaccine Updates

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 VaccinateLACounty.com 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.


City of LA World’s First Climate Emergency Mobilization Office Director – Marta Segura

The City of LA Appoints World’s First Climate Emergency Mobilization Office Director Environmental Justice Leader Marta Segura!

More information – City of LA Mayors Office

Councilmember Paul Koretz Announces CEMO Appointment

Adams Boulevard Safety Project

The Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) is proposing changes to Adams Blvd between Crenshaw Blvd and Fairfax Ave that will improve traffic safety and accessibility for all. Changes may include pavement repair, signal upgrades, bike lanes, lane reduction, pedestrian beacons, pedestrian refuge islands, and other safety treatments. Learn more about the Adams Blvd Safety Project below:

  • Adams Blvd Safety Project website
  • “Adams Blvd Safety Project Update” video
  • “Actualización del proyecto de seguridad de Adams Blvd” video
  • Adams Blvd Safety Project (October 2020) presentation

LADOT wants your help to plan the best improvements for this corridor by identifying issues you encounter through the “Feedback Map” here.

  • “How To Use the Feedback Map on LADOTlivablestreets.org” video

Contact information: visionzero@lacity.org

Public Way Reservations System (PWRS)

The Public Way Reservation System displays all construction activities in the public right-of-way (usually the street or sidewalk) within a certain distance of a location. Explore construction projects in your area here.

  • Need help? Watch the “Public Way Reservations System Tutorial” video!


Staying Healthy: Mentally & Physically During / Beyond the Health Crisis (Zoom Recording)

Webinar Recording

Sponsored by West Adams neighborhood Council
November 14, 10 am until noon

Brenda Ingram, EdD, LCSW
This presentation will discuss the intersection of COVID, racial inequities, and racial unrest to create both individual and collective trauma at higher levels in our communities. Participants will learn about the Community Resilience Model(CRM) and how to use the wellness skills to heal the impact of these enduring traumas. Contact info

Charmaine Shaw, Lifestyle Coach
This presentation will discuss Taking Care of your mental wellbeing through lifestyle changes to improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Contact info

Many underestimate the importance of our mental state of being, especially during this present crisis everyone is experiencing. The last eight months have been extremely challenging for many of us. How well are you coping? Attend to learn coping skills. Physical and mental wellness have a symbiotic relationship.