It Could Happen to Them

By | Jul 28, 2015
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Years ago, when I first became the leader of a small homeless agency on the Westside of Los Angeles, I used to start my presentations to the community by saying, “It could happen to you.”

“It” was homelessness. And “you” was the average middle-class American who was just one paycheck away from becoming homeless.

Back then, most people entering homeless shelters were similar to you and me. Then they lost their jobs, struggled with substance abuse, or fled from domestic violence. They burned bridges with family and friends. Finally, there was nowhere left to go but a homeless shelter. Read More »

Anti-Poverty Agencies Should Not Pay Poverty Wages


A worker needs to earn $33 per hour to rent an average apartment in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. If that wage level were implemented in 2015, the average household would need more than two employed persons in order to afford a typical apartment.

Monarch School: Bringing the Invisibility of Homeless Youth to Light

By | Jul 12, 2015 | Comments Off on Monarch School: Bringing the Invisibility of Homeless Youth to Light

“. . . 1 in 45 children experience homelessness in the U.S. each year. That’s over 1.6 million children. While homeless, these youth experience high rates of acute and chronic health problems. The constant barrage of stressful and traumatic experiences also has profound effects on their development and ability to learn.”

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