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Gregory Scott

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Saluting Women Veterans on Mother's Day

(4) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Mother's Day began in the United States in the early 20th century and it's always been a very emotional day. Mothers are usually the first teachers of our children, as well as our first impression of how we view the world. Whether a sports figure is throwing a ball giving...

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The Community "Don't" Care Ordinance Will Make More Veterans Homeless

(2) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 2:18 PM

Cheryl joined the Air Force to get away from her step-father who was molesting her. When she got out she got a good job, where she worked for several years. In 2010 her boyfriend began lacing their cigarettes with cocaine, and she got hooked. After telling her supervisor she needed...

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Back at Home, But Still at War

(0) Comments | Posted June 12, 2012 | 9:14 PM

Imagine yourself in the military on December 15, 2011. Operation Iraqi Freedom has ended and you are now returning to your beloved country, spouse and children. Your next step, obviously, is to find a job and support your family. January passes, February passes, March goes by and April came and...

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Gov. Brown's Budget Is Bad for Skid Row

(5) Comments | Posted March 7, 2011 | 1:46 PM

The entire state of California has felt the pinch since the economic downturn struck over two years ago. Companies, large and small, and governments have had to tighten their belts. The homeless have also felt the pinch. The Weingart Center in Skid Row had to cut staff and services that...

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An Unfortunate Truth: African Americans and Homelessness

(7) Comments | Posted February 24, 2011 | 1:01 AM

Homelessness is a serious problem here in Los Angeles. We are used to seeing problems affect the African-American community more strongly than some others, but few are so very disproportionate in their impact as homelessness. This is an unfortunate truth the oftentimes gets overlooked in our own analysis of the...

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Homelessness Is a Luxury We Can't Afford

(3) Comments | Posted February 9, 2011 | 2:48 PM

If you work on Skid Row in Los Angeles long enough, you don't hear the sirens anymore. But they're still there... two, three, four times a day. Ambulance, Fire, Police. Hundreds of thousands of dollars in highly-trained personnel and specialized equipment, rolling out to meet another crisis head-on.

Housing all...

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New Year's Resolution: Help the Homeless

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2011 | 11:42 AM

The new year inspires most of us to start something new, or to make some type of resolution. Many of us want to lose weight or stop smoking or even change their career. Statistics show that 46 percent of people stick to their resolution or commitment past six months. That's...

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Homeless, Living on the Street and Asking for a Handout: Should I Give?

(13) Comments | Posted December 21, 2010 | 10:39 AM

As the CEO of a homeless transitional center, the question "Should I give to the homeless on the street?" is one of the most common. Consistently, I give the same answer -- no.

My answer may seem cold-hearted, unsympathetic and cruel, especially when I work to support the homeless...

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A Skid Row Thanksgiving

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2010 | 1:30 PM

Thanksgiving is a special time of the year, even in Los Angeles' Skid Row, where 3,800 homeless live. As most of Americans gather in their suburban homes to give thanks, hundreds of volunteers serve over 10,000 meals to the homeless in the missions and shelters in Los Angeles.

In Skid...

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'Band of Billionaires' Should Consider Skid Row

(1) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 12:39 PM

Last month George Lucas became one of 40 billionaires in the United States to pledge half of his $3.5 billion to charity, specifically to education. Education is certainly one of the most important issues that we have to consciously deal with in many of our school systems around the country....

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