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What We Know About Homelessness

May 15th, 2013
Ruth Schwartz

By Ruth Schwartz, Executive Director

Homelessness is largely the result of extreme poverty, and we know that some households are more vulnerable to becoming homeless than others because of life factors.  For instance, people with serious mental illness have a greater propensity for becoming homeless.  As do young adults in their late teens and early 20’s who have grown up in the foster care system.  Poor families with a young single woman head-of-household with young children are also at higher risk.  Another group that has a higher likelihood of becoming homeless are the men and women who have served in

our military forces.  It is also a fact that persons of color are at greater risk of homelessness than others—especially African Americans and Hispanics.

In January 2013, thousands of individuals throughout Los Angeles County volunteered to undertake a count of people who are homeless on the streets and

in the shelters.  Only a handful of cities have released their count numbers, and the results are mixed.

In Glendale and Santa Monica the number of homeless households has increased, while the number of homeless households in Pasadena has gone down.  Because of their significant homeless populations, the Long Beach and the City of Los Angeles homeless counts will give us a better sense of whether we are making the significant progress needed to solve homelessness in Los Angeles County.

We’ll have to wait a couple of months for the countywide results to be available.  But what we do know is that communities throughout Los Angeles County are working together to try and solve homelessness with varying degrees of success.

We also know a great deal more about how to resolve people’s homelessness.  The three critical elements is robust Homeless Prevention programs, Rapid Re-Housing Programs, and what is referred to as “Housing First”—providing housing with supportive services to people with severe mental health issues first, before requiring adherence to mental health treatment.

In my next blog, I will present a perspective on how well our nation is working to resolve homelessness among our men and women who served our country—our nation’s veterans.

2 Responses to “What We Know About Homelessness”

  1. Tracy Green says:

    Greetings Ruth Schwartz:

    I have enclosed me resume for your review and consideration thereof. I have been working with outreach with senior, church communities and homeless for multiple years. I want to join you team. I have an awful lot to offer; education, intelligence, creativity, resourcefulness among other attributes to assist you. May I hear from you!

    Post Office Box 2491, Beverly Hills, CA 90213-2491
    (424) 240-4647

    Dear Executive Support Hiring Manager:

    Understanding executive needs, wants and priorities and then configuring support around them is, what I believe to be, the central component of an executive assistant is responsibility. I can carry such support out seamlessly and impeccably to the satisfaction of executives, as well as, other office staff.

    I am an individual with positive mental attitude, goal orientated, results driven, and ability to deliver extra, going the extra mile, accomplishing tasks/projects and achieve goals of the company, while display a leadership role and creativity while producing a high level of productivity. Past employers have greatly appreciated my abilities to master all tasks given, as I assist them in carryout their organizational objectives. I am:

     An adept business planner, professional, polished and confident, capable of handling complex, technical, confidential workloads with calmness, diplomacy, business ethics, and high standards. Able to identify problems and implement solutions. Ability to exert business in instincts, apply solutions to issues in an effective and discreet manner.
     Completely adaptable and flexible. Extensive experiences in travel, restaurant and transportation accommodation, national and international for C-level executives and management teams. Able to think on my feet, critical thinker, hit the ground running/soaring; put out fires, able to handle multiple situations, smiulutaiously.
     Keenly aware of the quality of my performance and meticulousness, which is critical in C-level support roles that resonates, maturity and personality that represents the brand in the public, as well as internally. Results driven personality.
     Quickly investigates and problem solves, Multi-task and meet deadline, Strong interpersonal, communication, organization and follow-through skills and Office Etiquette Essentials.
     A results driven team player, possessing excellent critical thinking and organizational abilities, along with superior interpersonal communications skills.
     I am seeking a position in which I am able to learn and grow. I am extremely interested in this position. Professional polished and sophisticated demeanor. Corporate trained.

    As you consider your selection, you will be impressed with the variety and depth of my experience necessary to hit the ground running with competency and ease.

    Thank you for your careful consideration of my qualifications. I very much look forward to meeting with you soon to further discuss how I may be of assistance. May I hear from you?

    With Warmest Regards, I am,
    Respectfully yours,

    Tracy Green

    Post Office Box 2491, Beverly Hills, CA 90213-2491
    (424) 240-4647

    Career Objective
    Seeking a position where I can work, learn and grow with a company to reach a high level in managerial hierarchy and be instrumental in driving the company beyond its mission, by adding to its values, culture and where my education, skills, corporate training and experience can be highly utilized.
    Skills and Qualifications
    A highly trained and skilled employee, experience working with various legal firms, business and legal affairs departments, results driven, critical thinker, multi-tasker, works well, both alone unsupervised ,and/or as a contributing and supportive member of a team under supervision, highly organized, intelligent, resourceful, takes ownership, tactful, possess high standards, strong devoted business ethics, loyal, trustworthy, computer savvy, corporate trained, articulate, self-motivated, detail-oriented, professional, quickly investigates, resolves problems, reliable and dependable.

    Employment Preview
    Executive Assistant (legal), Senior Secretary, Corporate Receptionist 8/2008-Present
    Various Legal Firms and Legal Departments, Greater Los Angeles County & Chico, CA 2/2005-8/2007
    Contract positions; (ChrisCorian Consultants, Disney Studios/Corporate Communications, Disney Consumer Products, Disney Corporate Credit Collection, ABC/Disney Cable Network, Inc.; Business and Legal Affairs; Imagine Entertainment, Starz Entertainment/ADT/Film Roman/Anchor Bay Entertainment; Global Marketing; CBS/Paramount Television Studios; International Television; Business and Legal Affairs, Larry Flint Publications, F.E.M.A., Richard Ziman, Deluxe Studios,) North Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Hollywood, CA

    Legal Executive Assistant/Front Office Coordinator/Personal Assistant to Mr. Richard D. Fraade 8/2005- 8/2008
    Richard D. Fraade Law Offices Beverly Hills, CA
    Immigration & Naturalization laws- assisted in immigration cases, liaison with various clients, courts, Judges, attorneys, & paralegals. Case management; preparation, file maintenance, court and personal business calendaring, office coordination, organizing documents, downloading documents, emails, booking travel, file mgmt., storage and retrieval.

    Indian Child Welfare Act (I.C.W.A.) Program Secretary, Special Court Advocate 1/2000 – 6/2000
    Tyme Maidu Tribe-Berry Creek Rancheria Oroville, CA
    Tribal/Court Representative, calculated projections/population, generated monthly, case management, prepared monthly, quarterly, annual reports to Bureau of Indian Affairs, $250k Tribal Federal grants, Federal Native/Indian training, attended POW WOWs in Northern California, liaison with C.A.S.A. Representatives, prepared legal documents for Tribe.

    Legal Executive Assistant/Legal Secretary/Receptionist to Mr. Marvin Mitchelson 1/1977-9/2004
    Marvin Mitchelson Law Offices Beverly Hills & Century City, CA
    Entertainment, Divorce, Palimony laws- assisted in civil litigation, liaison with various clients, courts, Judges, attorneys, paralegals. Case management; preparation, file storage & retrieval, court and personal business calendaring, office coordination, organizing documents, downloading documents, emails, booking travel (national & international.)

    Corporate Assistant, Corporate Receptionist, Administrative Assistant, Human Resource Generalist 9/1994-6/1998
    CBS, KSHL-TV/Channel 12/Golden West Broadcast Company/United Communications Corporation Chico, CA
    Assisted A/R/, A/P, payroll, responded to TV viewer mail, office inventory, insurance benefits, typed correspondence, memorandum, budget reports, personal service contracts, assisted General Manager, President, Director of Engineering, Manager of Engineering, President/Owner, Business Manager, Bookkeeper, Sales, Newsroom, coordinated meetings.

    Scholastic Formal Education
    Butte-Glenn College MS Office Programs (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word Perfect, Word), Business English, Communications
    Yuba College Microsoft Office Programs; Advanced Excel, Word, Word Perfect
    El Rio Lindo Adventist Academy S.D.A. Religious Curriculum, Secretarial and General Studies

    Professional References
    Janet Acosta Certified Public Accountant, Atlanta Georgia (404) 291-4295
    Dino Corbin General Manager of KPAY, KHSL Pure Country, KMIX Radio, Chico, CA (530) 345-0021

  2. John Grigsby says:

    Mrs Schwartz the conflicting truth is that the mental stigma for homeless and voiceless people are the inability to embrace their mental illness unless it a eyeful of great noticeably or it means quick money for their ability to cover up their feeling by massing it with drugs or some form of escape for the reality of who other has describe them to be Finding an escape is less painful them reality . Life find it way to subdue the willingness from the like of ability to provide for your family , leaving to shame to comeback , baby crying no , getting handout with expectations, rejected becomes of like of skills to esteem one self-worth , people of colors ,pride and ego deflating the drive an several ,life standard fall below acceptable to live , maintaining in a down spiral, that hold become deeper with depression , the invisible killer that no one ever see coming (BAM )life, FAITH AND hope IS A BY PRODUCT OF THE RICH AND FAMOUS

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