Demographic Surveying

We appreciate all those who participated in the SPA6 Homeless Count 2015.

This week we Hopics be conducting demographic surveys Tuesday February 17, 2015 thru Friday February 20, 2015 from 8:30am to 12:30pm .

There are two deployment sites in which you can choose to meet at

  • Site 1 –SSG/ HOPICS located at 5715 S Broadway, Los Angeles 90037
  • Site 2-First to Serve located at 8615 Crenshaw Blvd, Inglewood 90305

SPA 6 Coordinated Entry System is charged with administering 879 to 1,344 surveys in designated Census Tracts in our region. They are aiming to complete 1,000 surveys.

Please note that those conducting demographic surveys will be in direct contact with the chronically homeless population. Each survey will take approximately 15 minutes to administer

If you are available this week to assist in this effort please reply to this email with:

  1. The deployment site you would like to volunteer at for the week
  2. The date(s) you are available

All volunteers are asked to report to the site of their choosing by 8:30am.

Confirm your attendance contact Krystal Vazquez at kvasquez@hopics.org or  323-948-0444 ext. 130

Spotlight: Vouchers Reduce Gentrification and Address Poverty?

Gentrification has become a controversial issue in cities across the nation such as San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and Seattle. Concerns about gentrification and displacement are particularly poignant in Los Angeles, as it continues to grow and develop. A recent study by UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs researchers found that Los Angeles is now the most unaffordable rental market in the country based on their analysis of what portion of renters’ income regularly goes to pay rent. So, what are possible solutions to this dilemma?

An article, Is Ending Segregation the Key to Ending Poverty? Atlantic came out this week, arguing that a voucher system that allows low-income families to relocate to wealthy neighborhoods, may be the solution to reducing poverty. The author argues that:

“Despite the strategy’s success in Chicago, nationally there are few programs today that focus on helping African American families move from racially segregated, high-poverty neighborhoods to areas where their children will have access to good schools and less exposure to crime. Those that do exist are all results of lawsuits. One in Baltimore seeks to move 4,400 families to better areas by 2018. Another, in Dallas, exists as a result of a lawsuit filed in 1985. And on Thursday, a Chicago judge approved a Gautreaux-related settlement that—among other things—will allow a new host of families to be relocated, with the help of a counselor, to low-poverty, higher-opportunity neighborhoods.” – Atlantic

Could a voucher system be the solution to reduce gentrification and address poverty? What are your thoughts?

Spotlight: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)

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This week we would like to highlight the work of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages over $70 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons.

LAHSA’s big event includes the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which PELA will be participating in this Thursday.

Click here to learn more about LAHSA and click here to learn how to sign up with PELA for the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

Below is the 2012-2013 LAHSA Video Report that depicting the programs and services LAHSA offers.