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This page offers a wide range of content, reflecting the wide range of stakeholders in the Hollywood 4WRD community. If you’re looking to get educated or activated about the challenging crisis of homelessness in Greater Hollywood, you’ve come to the right place*. 

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June 24, 2024

Hollywood 2.0 Annual Report (Year Two)

H4WRD releases the 2024 H20 Annual Report

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Relevant News
May 23, 2024

Newsom promised 1,200 tiny homes for homeless Californians. A year later, none have opened

Cal Matter report on why Newsom's Tiny Homes promise remains unfulfilled

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May 21, 2024

LA Times: From unhoused to high school grad: L.A. ceremony honors students who overcame the odds

LA Times article on high school ceremony to honor students who overcame the odds

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May 16, 2024

NY Times Opinion: A job can’t always lift someone out of homelessness. What more is needed?

Opinion: What more is needed? Three voices of experience weigh in.

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May 11, 2024

Hollywood Businesses set up garden beds, planters along sidewalk to clear homeless encampments.

ABC News report on several Hollywood businesses' approach to clearing encampments

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May 21, 2024

LA County homeless service providers decry failed, bureaucratic payment system

LA Daily News reports on the frustrations of LA's homeless service providers

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Books and Podcasts
May 23, 2024

HFLA Podcast: From Strength to Strength: A Glimpse Into What Defines Resilience

A Heart Forward LA podcast with the resilient Georgette Darby in Hollywood

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April 22, 2024

NY Times: Supreme Court Seems Poised to Uphold Local Bans on Homeless Encampments

NY Times update on the Supreme Court preparing to rule on Grants Pass case.

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April 16, 2024

Criminalizing Homelessness Won’t Make It Go Away: Hundreds of thousands of people are homeless. This filmmaker wants you to see them.

NY Times opinion video offers a humanizing look at people experiencing homelessness

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April 15, 2024

LA Daily News: Mayor Karen Bass says status quo is being disrupted in her State of the City

A recap and analysis of the Mayor's State of the City address

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H4WRD Blog
May 21, 2024

Hollywood in Sacramento: H4WRD's Advocacy in Action

An overview of Hollywood 4WRD's most recent advocacy efforts

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H4WRD Blog
April 19, 2024

H4WRD 2024 FAQ Spotlight: Hollywood Clubhouse & Board and Care Homes

A Hollywood Clubhouse ambassador sheds light on H4WRD's Revised 2024 FAQ

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H4WRD Blog
April 5, 2024

Thanks for Playing: Hollywood 4WRD Clippers Giveaway Winners Announced

Recap of H4WRD's recent giveaway campaign and the positive impact on our continued growth.

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February 14, 2024

Bass appoints LA's 1st deputy mayor of homelessness and community health

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass announced the appointment of Dr. Etsemaye Agonafer as the city's first deputy mayor of homelessness and community health.

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March 1, 2024

LAists' The Brief: Hidden City Report: Controversial encampment law is failing

LAists' The Brief: Hidden City Report: Controversial encampment law is failing

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February 29, 2024

It’s now significantly more deadly to be homeless. Why are so many people dying?

The mortality rate for unhoused Americans more than tripled in 10 years. New data makes clear lives are at stake as California leaders try to combat the homelessness crisis.

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March 1, 2024

Released after two years of locked psychiatric care: A battle few families can fight

Fueled by efforts by his sister (long-time H4WRD member, Sarah Dusseault), John Maurer was moved on Valentine's Day from a locked psychiatric facility to a Board and Care in Hollywood.

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February 28, 2024

LAist article from their "Housing and Homelessness" section: A Wave Of Departures Shakes Up LA’s Homeless Agency

The staffing shakeup at Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) comes on the heels of a mistake-prone Homeless Count.

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February 25, 2024

A Life Without a Home: Sunday NYTimes Op-Ed

A multi-media article that captures the voices of people living in tents, shelters, cars, motels and couches from across the country.

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Resources
March 1, 2024

OutPatient Conservatorship (OPC) Study: Addressing Mental Health Disability in Unsheltered Homelessness

Compared to usual care, the OPC intervention demonstrates untapped opportunities to minimize time spent in highly-restrictive settings for individuals experiencing grave disability.

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H4WRD Blog
March 14, 2024

Hollywood 4WRD Releases Its Revised 2024 FAQ

H4WRD releases its revised FAQ for 2024, containing 30+ new pages and extensive updates on the rules and regulations around homelessness in Hollywood.

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H4WRD Blog
February 27, 2024

A Formidable First Year: Annual Report for The Hollywood Partnership’s Community Dispatch Center

Annual Report tracking the impact of the Community Dispatch Center's first year

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Resources
February 22, 2024

Untreated & Unhoused: A Review of LA County's Programs for People Experiencing Homelessness -- Budget and Performance

LA Alliance's extensive budget and performance report on the County's behavioral health programs, many of which target people experiencing homelessness.

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Resources
February 22, 2024

When We Walk By: Forgotten Humanity, Broken Systems, and the Role We Can Each Play in Ending Homelessness in America

A must-read guide to understanding housing instability, supporting our unhoused neighbors, and reclaiming our humanity.

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H4WRD Blog
February 20, 2024

A Fond Farewell to and from Founding Hollywood 4WRD Board Member, Nathan Sheets

Parting words from H4WRD founding member, Nathan Sheets

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February 5, 2024

How to Vote in LA's March 5th Primary if Homelessness is Your Top Issue

LAist's homelessness-focused guide for the upcoming primary

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January 25, 2024

Photos: 2024 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count is underway

LA Times photo series documenting the 2024 LA Homeless Count

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October 4, 2023

Why does Los Angeles have so much homelessness?

LA Times series on why Los Angeles has so much homelessness

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January 11, 2024

As ‘Mansion Taxes’ Catch On in US Cities, Los Angeles Offers Lessons

CityLab Daily: Los Angeles’ New ‘Mansion Tax’ Offer Lessons

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December 13, 2023

Why It's So Hard To Know How Many Unhoused People Mayor Bass Has Housed

LAist examines Mayor Bass's pledge to house 17,000 people a year after taking office.

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December 18, 2023

The little-understood reason why clearing homeless encampments became harder in California than most other states

Why California faces greater challenges than other states in clearing encampments

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January 31, 2024

Opinion: The Fentanyl Crisis is Being Driven by Supply -- Not Demand

Journalist Sam Quinones' latest piece on the new realities of the drug world.

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H4WRD Blog
February 6, 2024

A Count Night to Remember: the 2024 Hollywood Homeless Count, Part 2

A recap of the monumental volunteer effort required for the Hollywood Homeless Count on 1/25/24

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H4WRD Blog
January 22, 2024

The 2024 Hollywood Homeless Count: Why It Counts and Why You Should, Too

A brief overview on the Homeless Count and the importance of being a volunteer counter

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H4WRD Blog
January 12, 2024

Hollywood 4WRD's Homelessness Help Sheet

A one-sheet of homelessness-related resources in Hollywood

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H4WRD Blog
December 25, 2023

Hollywood's Helpers: Entities Providing Homelessness Services in Hollywood

List of Service Providers in Hollywood

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H4WRD Blog
December 11, 2023

H4WRD’s First Advocacy Platform: Five Initial Policies to Strengthen The Organization

Hollywood 4WRD's first Advocacy Platform gives the organization a stronger, clearer perspective of its own

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November 15, 2023

Do Time-Limited Subsidy Programs Reduce Homelessness for Single Adults?

A new policy brief from California Policy Lab finds that Time-Limited Subsidy (TLS) programs help reduce homelessness for single adults.

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November 16, 2023

Inside the world’s largest AIDS charity’s troubled move into homeless housing

A Times investigation has found that many of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s more than 1,300 residents live in squalid conditions

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November 11, 2023

Nonprofits making progress in tackling homelessness among veterans, but challenges remain

A hopeful perspective which also notes the significant room for improvement that remains to help the many veterans still experiencing homelessness in LA.

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Resources
November 22, 2023

Hollywood 4WRD's Holiday Volunteer Roundup

Volunteer opportunities available through the H4WRD community

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November 6, 2023

Housing alone won’t solve homelessness. California must expand its mental health system

A mother whose son has experienced homelessness AND a serious mental illness, takes a clear-eyed look at the need for greater mental health support if we hope to create more efficient safeguards against folks falling between the cracks and into homelessness.

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November 4, 2023

Opinion: I run an L.A. homeless services organization. But I can’t afford to live in L.A. anymore

The Center's Executive Director (and H4WRD Board Member) Nathan Sheets shares in a LATimes Op-Ed that LA's housing affordability crisis isn't only impacting our most vulnerable citizens; it's also hitting those working hard to help them.

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October 28, 2023

To address homelessness crisis, L.A. County needs mental health workers, fast

An illuminating article examining the challenge facing H4WRD's city partners at LACDMH to hire much-needed new employees.

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October 30, 2023

LA County's guaranteed income program now giving some foster youth $1,000 per month

ABC news story about the Breathe program offering foster youth $1,000 per month

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H4WRD Blog
October 27, 2023

Healing on Wheels: Saban’s Mobile Clinic Brings Medical Care to the Streets of Hollywood

An overview of a rolling resource making a big impact on the streets of Hollywood

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Relevant News
October 17, 2023

New York City to boost clubhouse services as better mental health treatment

ABC News: Article on Fountain House's Clubhouse program in New York City

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Resources
October 19, 2023

Fall '23 Hollywood 2.0-pen House

2nd H20-pen House on 11/8 -- from 4-6pm at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood

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October 3, 2023

Fallen from the middle class: 60, living in an RV and fighting to be housed

LA Times: Article tracing the story of a woman attempting to navigate the often perilous experiencing of living out of an RV in Los Angeles.

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September 30, 2023

Federal Court Approves Historic LA County and LA Alliance Settlement to Further Strengthen Response to Homelessness

LA County Homeless Initiative: Fact Sheet on Recent Federal Court Ruling

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September 28, 2023

LA County Is Now On The Hook For Adding 3,000 Mental Health Beds for Unhoused People After Judge Approves Major Settlement

LAIst: Article on a recent ruling from a federal judge that could have a major impact on homelessness in Los Angeles

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September 15, 2023

California lawmakers approve key changes to landmark mental health law

LA Times: California lawmakers gave final approval late Thursday to a significant overhaul of the state’s landmark 1967 behavioral health law

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September 5, 2023

Record Number of Hollywood Workers Facing Evictions, Seeking Rent Assistance Amid Strikes

The Hollywood Reporter: Actors, writers and crew members are being hit by both the work stoppage and an end to COVID tenant protections

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August 18, 2023

USC Price alum, Brittney Weissman, tackles homelessness, mental health issues

H4WRD’s Executive Director Brittney Weissman receives a well-deserved spotlight in this recent profile in the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy magazine

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August 9, 2023

Tackling the Mental Health Crisis in Los Angeles. Can it be done Without Cops?

LA Times webinar: Co-hosted by USC's Center for Health Journalism

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August 11, 2023

Mayor Karen Bass launches Inside Safe program in Hollywood

KTLA report: The Mayor's recent Inside Safe event on Selma Ave.

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July 12, 2023

Letters to the Editor: As homelessness rises, board-and-care homes close. This is a huge problem

Letter to the LA Times editor: From H4WRD Founding Board Member, Kerry Morrison, on the alarming rise in Board and Care closures

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July 7, 2023

Editorial: L.A.’s homeless numbers are grim. We must keep building housing and expanding services

LA Times Editorial: Reaction from the LA Times editorial board to the results of the 2023 Homeless Count

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May 12, 2023

Fentanyl Overdoses Contribute to Surge in L.A. County Homeless Deaths

LA Times: A devastating surge in drug overdoses has driven up deaths among unhoused people in Los Angeles County in recent years.

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H4WRD Blog
October 15, 2023

The Long 'ARC' of Recovery: Why Trauma-Informed Care is So Critical for Our Most Vulnerable Youth

A deeper look at a particularly effective approach to supporting youth experiencing homelessness

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H4WRD Blog
September 29, 2023

Finding 'Somewhere to Exist' in Los Angeles

A new report from the RAND Corporation looks at the landscape of daytime services in LA County

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H4WRD Blog
September 23, 2023

To Board and Care in Hollywood

A Sobering Look at the State of Board and Care Homes in Los Angeles

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H4WRD Blog
August 31, 2023

IOAD Reminder: Remaining Aware of The Impact of Addiction on Homelessness

A look at the impact of addiction on homelessness, and the options for getting help that are available

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H4WRD Blog
August 17, 2023

It Takes a Community: The Importance of Community to Hollywood 4WRD and Hollywood 2.0

A year-in-review for H20 and H4WRD's "new" Communications and Operations Director

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Books and Podcasts
July 17, 2023

Suffering in Silence: Operating a Los Angeles board and care home today

An in-depth interview with a couple who've devoted the last 22 years to operating a Board and Care home in Los Angeles

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Relevant News
June 25, 2023

He Was Handcuffed and Hospitalized. Now He’s on Track for Housing.

New York Times - Sunday Edition

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June 23, 2023

Opinion: Will L.A. have an office apocalypse or housing boom? Tax breaks might make the difference

Los Angeles Times

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May 31, 2023

Homeless people fight to save lives, and stay alive, as L.A.’s fentanyl crisis worsens

Los Angeles Times

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July 2, 2023

What Does California’s Homeless Population Actually Look Like?

The New Yorker

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June 14, 2023

L.A. mayor reports that 14,000 homeless people have moved off the streets

Los Angeles Times

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April 17, 2023

Mayor Bass seeks $250-million expansion of homelessness program in first State of the City speech

Los Angeles Times

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H4WRD Blog
June 15, 2023

Hollywood 4WRD Special Event – In the Eye of a Tragic Storm: The Intersection of Homelessness and Addiction in 2023

Recap of H4WRD's Special Event on June 13th at the W Hotel Hollywood on Homelessness and Addiction

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Resources
June 4, 2023

Hollywood 2.0 Annual Report - Year One

Annual Report for Year One of Hollywood 2.0

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Resources
June 2, 2023

FAQ: The Hollywood 4WRD Handbook on Homelessness in Hollywood

The creation of Hollywood 4WRD’s FAQ guide was not an easy task. Soon after H4WRD’s Education Committee began meeting to discuss the project, they realized from their initial research they were attempting to create something that did not exist; something that would not simply answer a few questions about homelessness in Hollywood, but would instead serve as a comprehensive guide or handbook on the subject. 

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H4WRD Blog
June 2, 2023

A Tree Grows in Hollywood: The Genesis of Hollywood 4WRD

The seeds for what would become Hollywood 4WRD were planted in 2004 when PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) launched their Project: YIMBY

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