Supervisor Solis’ Motion Expands Homeless Winter Shelter Program for El Niño
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors earlier this week unanimously approved Supervisor Hilda L. Solis’ motion requesting that the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) Winter Shelter program open six weeks earlier due to expected El Niño rains.
“Recent storms felt throughout the County were mild in comparison to the potential devastation an El Niño event could cause this winter. Just within the First District recently, individuals had to be rescued from rushing waters in the Los Angeles Riverbed near Cypress Park, Pomona and South El Monte,” Supervisor Solis said. “We need to be prepared and offer our most vulnerable people shelter so they won’t sleep in riverbeds, where they face the possibility of being swept away by strong currents.”
For the past 20 years, LAHSA has worked closely with several local nonprofit homeless agencies to administer the day-to-day operations of each program site, including those in such cities as Lancaster, Pomona and West Covina. The Pomona Armory is one shelter that will benefit from Supervisor Solis’ motion.
LAHSA manages winter shelters for the County and the city of Los Angeles. Through this collaboration, the County covers the cost of 600 beds. Click here for a list of communities and cities. Read Supervisor Solis’ motion here.
One-Year Anniversary of My Health LA
Supervisor Hilda L. Solis and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas earlier this week praised the first year results of My Health LA, Los Angeles County’s health care program for those who lack access to medical coverage. Community members and advocates celebrated the program’s first-year anniversary at a press conference on Oct. 1 by sharing stories of how My Health LA has enhanced the quality of life for the more than 130,000 individuals who have sought its services.
“We are at a time in our country where we’ve made progress in expanding health care access. My Health LA is a part of that progress. I am proud to say that we are the only County in the nation to provide no-cost coverage to the residually uninsured,” Supervisor Solis said.
“My office has worked with DHS to increase access to enrollment,” Supervisor Solis said. “Those who are eligible will have the opportunity to enroll at satellite clinics, as well as mobile clinics with regular operating hours at specified locations.”
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas calls My Health LA a “fabulous public-private collaboration” that keeps County residents healthy.
“It has been a jewel in the County’s health care service delivery system, anchored on the strength of our community-based nonprofit clinic partners dispersed throughout the County, and in our school-based health centers,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.
“I look forward to the County’s efforts to improve the program through expanded services, like more dental care, substance abuse and mental health services,” Supervisor Ridley-Thomas added. “We are also considering streamlining paperwork requirements and relaxing income thresholds so more working Los Angeles County families can be eligible for care.”
Click here to learn more about My Health LA, a countywide health services program that provides no-cost primary and preventive health care to patients, regardless of their immigration status.
East Los Angeles
Hundreds of volunteers from throughout East Los Angeles gathered on Sept. 26 to participate in the “Community Day of Service: Adopt-a-Block,” an event that beautified a home in the 1200 block of Herbert Avenue.
As a collaboration between the East Los Angeles Empowerment Congress and the office of Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, volunteers came together to participate in one of the largest community beautification projects in the Union Pacific area. Volunteers helped restore the Vallejo family’s home. More than 20 nonprofit and government agencies set up booths at the event. Two health and dental mobile units were also available that morning.
A proud mother of four children, Amelia Vallejo is a long-time resident of East Los Angeles. She was moved by the outpour of community support to beautify her home. “I would like to say how blessed I am,” she said. “Yes, it’s very hard, at times, [but] I have always raised my children to take care of [each other].”
The East Los Angeles Empowerment Congress (ELAEC) is a partnership of various non-profit organizations, elected officials and community organizations that aim to educate, engage, and empower residents for the betterment of their East Los Angeles communities.
Active Aging Week
The Pico Rivera Senior Center celebrated Active Aging Week by hosting physical wellness and creative activities in a fun environment to remind seniors the importance of getting up, getting out, and remaining active. Some of the activities included: Cross Fit Stretch, Zumba Gold, Gentle Yoga, Life Story Writing, and even a Wii Fit Tournament!
Metro also participated in the celebration by presenting their “On the Move Riders Club,” a peer-to-peer training program that educates seniors on the benefits of riding public transportation. Through group trips and one-on-one sessions, the program forms clubs with experienced transit riders (travel buddies) and less experienced riders who then travel together to fun places throughout Los Angeles County using Metro’s public transportation systems. For more information, or to start an “On the Move Riders Club,” please contact Program Coordinator Lilly Ortiz at (213) 922-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pomona Don’t miss the opportunity to see the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela led by Conductor Joshua Dos Santos on Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. For more information click here or call (626) 350-4500. Seating preference will be given to ticket holders that arrive early!
Don’t miss the opportunity to Enjoy Beethoven Egmont Overture Hosted by the LA Phil
SAVE THE DATE
Abilities Job Fair
War Memorial Building
435 S. Fair Oaks Ave.
South Pasadena 91030
Thurs., Oct. 8, 2015
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
First Supervisorial District
8th Floor Hall of Administration
500 W. Temple St.
Los Angeles 90012
Tues., Oct. 6, 2015
Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program
LA County USC Medical Center
1655 San Pablo St.
Los Angeles 90033
Sat., Oct. 10, 2015
8 am - noon
East Los Angeles Field Office
4801 East Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90022
Phone: (323) 881-4601
Fax: (323) 887-7286
Hall of Administration Office
856 Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration
500 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 974-4111
Fax: (213) 613-1739
El Monte Field Office
3400 Aerojet Avenue, Suite 240
El Monte, CA 91731
Phone: (626) 350-4500
Fax: (626) 448-1573