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Mermaid Avenue

Joel Epstein | Posted 02.01.2016 | Los Angeles
Joel Epstein

I am decades older now than I was on that visit to Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island but fundamentally I am the same. I am still the hopeful romantic about my city, albeit now a warmer one with different flora, mountains, tastes and accents.

Their Current Situation Is Not Their Destination

Amanda Slavin | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Amanda Slavin

Have you ever met a person and thought, I have for sure already met this person in a past life or, if you don't believe in past lives, I was for sure ...

If the Shoe Fits

Wendy Adamson | Posted 01.04.2016 | Impact
Wendy Adamson

The sun had just gone down on Los Angeles' skid row. Shadows lurk in doorways and rows of cardboard tents line up against the walls of vacant buildings. A woman shuffles down the street bent over a shopping cart, one leg dragging behind her.

LA Homeless Need Homes, Not Kim Kardashian

Caryn Andrea Lindsey | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Caryn Andrea Lindsey

Recently, Thanksgiving brought the predictable LA Times coverage of the glowing altruism delivered to the notoriously vulnerable and underserved homeless residents of Skid Row. Once the turkey was put away, Kim Kardashian got back in her Bentley, and the rock band stopped serenading, I doubt the residents of Skid Row were left with much hope for the future.

Beyond Prayers and Protests: Building Trust Among the Police and Community in Downtown Los Angeles

Delonte Gholston | Posted 10.05.2015 | Religion
Delonte Gholston

On a Saturday last April, a group of pastors and other faith leaders brought together a broad cross-section of the downtown community to talk about a rash of officer-involved shootings in Los Angeles and the rest of the country.

Los Angeles Officials Declare Homelessness 'State Of Emergency'

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.22.2015 | Impact

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and city council members declared a homelessness "state of emergency" on Tuesday and proposed $100 million for h...

Los Angeles Mayor Meets With Black Lives Matter Activists

Reuters | Phoneix Tso | Posted 07.13.2015 | Black Voices

Activists with the Black Lives Matter movement on Thursday called on the Los Angeles mayor to fire the city's police chief over his handling of the sh...

Skid Row Karaoke Night Provides Peaceful Escape From 'Absolute Chaos'

AP | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News

Darkness is falling on another long, depressing night in one of America's most marginal neighborhoods. For the 200 or so battered souls lining up o...

Man Who Was Once Homeless On Skid Row Graduates From College

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News

Just a few years ago, Kenneth Chancey was a homeless high school student staying on Skid Row in Los Angeles, according to KTLA5. The now-23-year-old s...

Ruining Romance: The '80s Rock Power Ballad

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.29.2015 | Entertainment
Sheila Moeschen

The summer I was 13, Kerry Flanagan and I took turns sleeping over at each other's houses. We stayed up all night playing Rummy 500 and listening to Rock101, the local rock station. It was the late-1980s, the high holy days of hair metal, dudes in spandex, and girls in music videos.

Here's Proof That Helping Homeless Isn't About Donating.. It's About Investing In Your Community

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact

This nonprofit doesn't want your donation -- it wants you to "be selfish," actually. In an ad posted online last month, the Weingart Center points...

Origami-Inspired Personal Shelter Provides A Quick Solution For Homeless

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact

Tina Hovsepian didn't just want to get an "A" on her class project -- she wanted to change people's lives, too. The architect is the inventor of Ca...

Sasha Bronner

Photographer Shoots Street Style Series To Raise Money For Skid Row Artists

HuffingtonPost.com | Sasha Bronner | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact

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L.A. Mayor, Homeless Advocates Have 'Productive, Inspirational' Meeting After Cop Killing

Los Angeles Times | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact

Ten days after Los Angeles police officers shot and killed a homeless man on skid row, Mayor Eric Garcetti and his staff met with local activists to d...

The Death of Anthony Hill: Something Is Rotten in the State of America

Robert David Jaffee | Posted 05.11.2015 | Black Voices
Robert David Jaffee

There have been too many funerals of late, too many funerals for people of color and people with mental illness.

Activist Reminds Us That There is Much More To Skid Row Than Homelessness

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact

Beyond the tall buildings and growing development of downtown Los Angeles lies the four-mile zone of Skid Row. While the area has gained notoriety as ...

The Slaughter Continues: 176 Civilians Killed by Police so Far in 2015

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

One-hundred-seventy-six civilians were killed by police in January and February, according to news clippings collected by killedbypolice.net. Of course, the greatest outrage of all is that no one really knows how many people are killed by police annually.

Here's What We Know About The Homeless Man Fatally Shot By LAPD On Skid Row

AP | TAMI ABDOLLAH | Posted 05.03.2015 | Crime

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A homeless man who was killed by Los Angeles police on Skid Row was living under an assumed name and was wanted for violating pro...

The Most Dangerous Thing You Can Own Is Your Waistband

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 03.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- After Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man on Sunday, Chief Charlie Beck said the man grabbed an officer's holster...

LAPD Not Fit to Investigate Itself in Shooting of Skid Row Homeless Man

Jeff Norman | Posted 05.03.2015 | Crime
Jeff Norman

It's possible the police were justified in shooting the man known to locals as "Africa." But considering how the Times equivocated about what's visible in the video, it seems Smith and Beck have so far doled out more propaganda than credible information.

It's Time To Bring Relief To The Homeless In L.A.

Los Angeles Times | Sandy Banks | Posted 03.03.2015 | Black Voices

It's too soon to know exactly what happened on the skid row street where a homeless man was shot to death Sunday by officers from the LAPD. It will...

LAPD Caught On Tape Shooting Homeless Man To Death

The Huffington Post | Kelly Chen | Posted 03.02.2015 | Crime

Los Angeles police fatally shot a homeless man on Sunday in a disturbing encounter that was caught on video. According to the Los Angeles Times, th...

PHOTOS: Graffiti Artist Humanizes Homeless People By Painting Their Dreams

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact

Those who say graffiti doesn't accomplish much haven't seen the work of Skid Robot, an anonymous street artist in Los Angeles who uses his medium to d...

New Skid Row Homeless Apartment Complex Has A Running Track And Art Studio

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact

A new apartment building opened in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, offering a community garden, library, running track, art room and exercise faciliti...

From Soho House to Skid Row

Ana Garcia | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Ana Garcia

Every time I walk in the door of this free afterschool program, I get happy. It's a bright, joyful classroom filled with children laughing. Do you have any idea how rich a child's laugh can sound when it comes from a child with no place to call home?