by Babz Rowe
Amelia lost her home to a fire on Sunday and Babz Rowe helped with the column. On Thursday, February 16, a Homeless Connect Day was held at the Tujunga City Municipal Building. Those who attended were greeted with an ocean of kindness. Dozens of agencies and organizations were there to provide information and services like flu shots, information on obtaining access to housing, mental health counselling, veterans’ affairs/outreach, public social services, agencies for recovery referrals, and more. As folks circled the room, at their last stop were the tables provided by our own “Mother Teresa,” Pattee Colvin. There they found warm socks [courtesy of Doc], gloves, blankets, water bottles, toiletries, umbrellas and more, all to help those there get through this cold, wet and stormy winter. And there were even children’s books as well.
These caring providers furnished boxed lunches for the participants, and there was a shower truck waiting for those who wanted a hot shower.
The next Homeless Connect Day will be held in Sylmar, date to be determined. Calendars should be marked for the free mobile medical clinic that will be held at The Chapel of The Hills (across the street from Oro Vista Park) from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. This event is sponsored by Medical Mission Adventures and Pattee Colvin’s Making It Happen organization, which can be reached at (818) 433-2148.
It wasn’t that long ago that the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released its 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Sadly, homelessness in the Valley jumped 35%. While the City Council tries to figure out how to better spend resources in various communities. We are now awaiting the results of the latest homeless count. These counts are important in that it gives us the figures that will help us come up with strategies and solutions to address homelessness in our neighborhoods.
Thanks to past CD-7 Councilmember Felipe Fuentes, the Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH) and LAHSA -moved their staff into the SunlandTujunga municipal facility to address this very issue. Already, the two organizations have made some in-roads in helping our neediest community members on our streets in Sylmar, Sunland-Tujunga, Sun Valley and more. Not too long ago, the LA Times highlighted the organization’s work in our District.
We have a challenging road ahead, however, I know that working with our non-profit partners and stakeholders we will find solutions towards ending homelessness in the City of Los Angeles. For more information, contact Amelia Anderson at (747) 218-1070.