SPA6 Homeless Coalition May 18 2020 Updates

 We hope you are doing well, staying safe and taking care of yourselves, your family, and your community.  Please see surveys and resources below.  Survey responses would be great as soon as possible. Thank you everyone.  We are all in this together.....Always,  SPA 6 Homeless Coalition Steering Committee

As afollow up to our enlightening presentation from Cadrena Heard of Community Coalition -SURVEY LINK BELOW:

 Shall you be well. My name is Cadrena Heard, and I currently serve as a Prevention Manager here at Community Coalition.One of my primary roles is working to ensure that South Los Angeles service providers have a voice in decision-making processes to increase the investment of program services that develop the ability and empowerment for families and communities to thrive.

We are currently in the process of engaging service providers in the Service Planning Area (SPA) 6 around the social safety net; specifically, reimagining the social safety net in the context of the current public health crisis and beyond. As of now, there are three areas of focus: Justice Reform, Prevention, and Treatment.

Community Coalition was founded during a health crisis and on the formation of the Prevention Network: convening and organizing service providers and those severed with the goal of identifying solutions to address and tackle the root causes of addition, crime, and poverty; collectively and collaboratively leading direct policy initiatives and resource distribution to meet the need of South Los Angeles community
residents, members, and constituents.

We believe that social service providers are critical agents in stabilizing vulnerable populations. Your participation in this brief survey will assist in reimagining what the Prevention Network can be.

Link to survey:

I would also like to schedule a date and time to discuss your responses to the survey and identify further needs that were not highlighted.  My email is 



 In conversation with Veronica Lewis and the SPA 6 collaborative, the NonProfit Finance Fund understands that many agencies are incurring expenses that they are not sure will be reimbursed. We also understand that there are efforts underway to advocate for more funding to cover these expenses. To support this advocacy, NFF has pulled together a quick survey that can be shared with the SPA 6 partners in the collaborative to quickly gather data on the type and scale of expenses that providers are incurring and the extent to which they have concerns about not getting reimbursed for such expenditures.

 The survey is only 5 short questions and should take under 5 minutes to complete. Please respond by Friday, May 22, 2020 so that responses can be aggregated for use in further advocacy efforts with state and federal legislators.

 The link to the survey can be found here:

Thanks all and please don’t hesitate to reach out to NFF with any questions at: 


 SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application



 In recognition of COVID-19's disproportionate impact on communities of color, LAHSA created the COVID-19 Racial Equity Resource Guide to underscore the importance of providers' efforts to counter structural inequities and remove implicit bias as they work to provide equitable access to vital resources in this crisis. 

There have been several questions raised about the next steps for the Roomkey participants.  At the May 12th Board of Supervisor's Meeting, LAHSA was directed to develop a COVID-19 Recovery Plan related to people experiencing homelessness that will address this.  A plan framework will be presented in 15 days, with the full plan due in 30 days presenting the goals and objectives for this effort.

 LA County COVID-19 Resources

 As LA County has moved into "Stage 2" of the COVID-19 Recovery, we encourage you to keep current on the latest guidance provided by LA County departments, especially:

 ·  Department of Public Health, providing daily cases updates, and Recovery and Reopening protocols

 ·  LA County Dashboards, providing maps to various resources across the County


 Below are the latest updates from Mayor Garcetti:

 ·  Retail: On Wednesday, the Mayor announced that all retail locations--from electronics to beauty stores--can open for curbside, doorside, and delivery.

 ·  Manufacturing: Manufacturing that supports any retail that can also open at reduced capacity, as long as they adhere to sanitation and distancing protocols

 ·  Beaches: Beaches are also open for ACTIVE recreation only, like swimming, surfing, running, walking. Parking lots, piers, beach bike baths and concessions remain closed. Gatherings, sunbathing, sitting, and group sports are not allowed.

 ·  Other Sports/Facilities: Tennis and pickleball courts, archery ranges, equestrian centers, model airplane areas and community gardens at City facilities will open this weekend.

 ·  Face Coverings Must Be Worn Outside Home: We’re requiring all Angelenos to wear masks when they leave their homes, except small children and people with disabilities.

 ·  Expanded Pickup Zone Program: All retail shops within the City can get a temporary pick-up zone permit (not just restaurants) to reserve parking spots right out front for customers to pick up items. For businesses and restaurants that apply and get approved, new signs designating these spots will be installed within 3 days for free. To find more information and apply go to

 ·  CA Disaster Relief Assistance For Immigrants: DRAI is a one-time, state-funded disaster relief assistance program for undocumented immigrants impacted by COVID-19. The program will provide $500 in direct assistance to those who qualify, and a maximum of $1,000 in assistance per household. To qualify, individuals must be able to provide information that they: 1) are an undocumented adult (18 yrs. of age or older); 2) are not eligible for federal COVID-19 related assistance such as the CARES Act tax stimulus payments or pandemic unemployment benefits; and, 3) have experienced financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Eligible individuals who live in Los Angeles County can apply starting on Monday, May 18, 2020 through the following nonprofit organizations: 


o    Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) Phone Number: 213-201-8700

 o    Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) Phone Number: 213-315-2659

 o    Asian Americans Advancing Justice Phone Number: 213-241-8880


·         As of May 18, you may contact these organizations for more information about the application process and the verification documents required. Note that they will NOT assist individuals prior to May 18. Please note that this program is not being administered by the City of Los Angeles; if you have any questions, please contact one of the organizations listed above. 

 ·         Census: It's still happening! My colleague Alfonso Ruiz-Delgado ( with our census team is looking for organizations interested in receiving updates on the census. If you host virtual community meetings and would like a speaker on the census, please contact Alfonso. If you host a food pantry and would like census materials/flyers for your meal packets, please contact me. Here is a link to the census navigation tool we went over to look up how your area is doing.

 ·         My Health LA: My Health LA is a no-cost health care program for people who live in Los Angeles County. MHLA is free to individuals and families who do not have and cannot get health insurance, such as Full-Scope Medi-Cal. Health care services are provided by non-profit clinics called “Community Partners.” There are over 200 Community Partner clinics in My Health LA. Please share videos below in English and Spanish.

 o    English:

 §  Long Form (2 min 44 sec)

 §  Short Form (1 min 34 sec)

 o    Spanish video (3 min 12 sec)







St. Joseph Center/First To Serve, Broadway Manchester Access Center, 8525 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90003

The SPA6 Homeless Coalition meets usually on the second Friday of every month. Our regular meetings are held from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  

Due to the coronavirus we are not holding meetings in person, but are holding them by remote video (Zoom). Our next meeting will be on Friday, April 9, 2021. It will be held by Zoom from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Login is posted below. Note that we will use the same login for this and the following 4 monthly meetings, at 10:00 am on the second Friday of each month unless we post a notice of a change of time.

Good Afternoon!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone this Friday (April 9th) for our SPA 6 Homeless Coalition Meeting from 10 am to noon.  Please see the zoom link below!
We will get updates on all of the on-going policy, program and community happenings as well as presentations on:
- Back Home Initiative ADU Project and video tour;
- USC PCHOOSE PSH Phone Survey Project;
See you there,
The SPA 6 Homeless Coalition Steering Committee


Join us through the Zoom login below for the SPA 6 Homeless Coalition Friday, April 9, 2021, monthly meeting, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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Time: Friday, April 9, 2021 10:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Phoenix Hall, 10950 S. Central Avenue,  Los Angeles, CA 90059. It is at the back of the parking lot.