Welcome to the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) Newsetter
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    January 2018


In this issue:
  • President’s Message
  • Outreach Team Progress Report
  • Keys to Finding a Home for Good
  • Enforcement Team Update
  • Fundraising Update
  • Ways To Be Involved and Help
  • Holiday Card-Making Event
  • Housewarming Gifts to Kids from Library Friends
  • Community Meeting Jan 29 
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President’s Message
First, I want to thank the community and all the donors for their support this past year.  We need your continuing support. We will keep up our fundraising effort because new funds are essential for continuing our professional outreach services, which are a key to making our model unique and effective. One of our 2018 goals is to have more individual Palisades residents realize the important role PPTFH plays in protecting the community and doing “our share” for our homeless people. If you have not donated, please consider it. And if you have, please consider giving again. It costs at least $160,000 per year to fund the project.
Community awards were recently given to Tom Creed, Nancy Klopper, and Bruce Schwartz. These task force members are wonderful examples of what we stand for, and we are extremely proud of them. Thanks to the fire-suppression efforts they and others have made--hillside signage and daily monitoring--the Palisades has not experienced any fires. We will rigorously continue those efforts in 2018.
The topic for our January 29 community meeting is how to deal with homeless people who refuse services, and the legal and ethical questions involved. We will have great speakers to inform us and spark an important community discussion. We encourage everyone to attend. Other questions we will be addressing this year include “What does it mean to be an enabler, and how does that impact our service-resistant homeless people?” and “What is ‘affordable housing’ from the developer’s perspective, and how does it help our homeless people move off the streets?”
If you missed our November 13 community meeting, you can review it in our YouTube playlist, or click the YouTube link on the Welcome page of our website.
Be sure to read the article below by our new volunteer coordinator, Carmen Kallberg, and consider signing up for one of the positions listed.
Doug McCormick
President, PPTFH
Outreach Team Progress Report
November 2017 Report
1/1/2016 – 11/30/2017
January is a good time to look back to see how far we have come. The outreach chart shows that since PPTFH began its work the first of 2016, the outreach team has contacted 472 individuals in Pacific Palisades. Only 124 stayed in the Palisades, while the others traveled on. Then, out of the 124 another 40 have disengaged or not been seen in over three months, and 5 individuals have died. The remaining 79 persons, whom we consider our “Palisades resident homeless people,” are working toward housing: 42 are off the streets in permanent supportive housing; 16 are in transitional housing preparing for permanent housing; and 6 are “enrolled,” which means they have completed a life goal plan. The last 15 individuals are among our most difficult to help and will require our continued attention.

Therefore, in the coming year we must focus on those resident individuals who have more serious mental and physical health issues and are more difficult to move into housing. We can and must do this!

Other data that we have begun to collect (but not displayed in the chart) tell us that new “resident” homeless people are coming into the Palisades at a rate of about 5 individuals a month. The good news is that the outreach team is helping about 5 persons a month move off the street into housing. So we are holding steady in our ability to address our resident homeless people and their housing needs. In the future we must focus on these new individuals as well as the homeless persons (sometimes as many as 65 a month) who pass through our beaches and brushy parkland areas. Again, we can and must do this!

Sharon Browning
PPTFH Vice President
Chair, Outreach Oversight Committee
L-R: Bobby, Maureen, Janet and daughter, Glanda           L-R: Glanda, Marina

Keys to Finding a Home for Good:
Three Formerly Homeless People Share Their Experience
Last November, 41 Palisadians gathered in the library’s community room to meet Bobby, Janet, and Marina, formerly homeless in Pacific Palisades. As the three told their stories, Glanda and Maureen, our PPTFH outreach workers, sat smiling nearby.  

Bobby, over 60, spoke first. He told us he had camped on the hillsides of Temescal Canyon for 14 years. A cancer survivor and retired, he now lives in an apartment in Huntington Park.

Janet, in her early 20’s, lived in a tent on the Via bluffs before her child was born. She and her daughter now share a one-bedroom apartment in Hollywood. Janet is the assistant manager of a deli at a Latin American grocery store.

Marina (mid-30’s) and her three children were found sleeping in their car on PCH by Rusty Redican, of our LAPD beach patrol. Marina’s family is now in a nice shelter in the Santa Monica area, and all four are in school.

Here’s what contributed to their success:

Key #1: Glanda and Maureen Meet Folks Where They Are
Bobby, Janet, and Marina had all applied to other service agencies. But they seldom met caseworkers, and months could go by without followup. In the past two years, our PPTFH outreach workers have spent 40 hours a week seeking homeless people all over the Palisades. They offer help and services to everyone they find.
Key #2: Ready Response
When a client telephones, either Glanda or Maureen answers, 24/7. When Marina phoned, she heard, “Yes, I was waiting for your call.” Glanda got mother and children into a hotel and then into the shelter. “When we say, ‘I’ll meet you here tomorrow,’ we are there,” says Maureen.

Key #3: Accountability and Expectations
Maureen and Glanda are committed to housing their clients. In turn, they spell out what each client needs to do. The outreach pros provide instructions and cheer them on, but clients must attend meetings, fill out paperwork, and do their research. Housing and jobs come from teamwork. At the November meeting, gratitude and pride were reflected on both sides.
Key #4: The Goal is Getting Indoors Permanently
On the street, Glanda and Maureen may offer sandwiches, but every lunch comes with a pitch: “You can do it. We’ll show you how. We’ll be there for you.” At regular meetups at the beach and the Palisades library, they offer, explain, and nudge. When move-in day comes, they are proud when they can personally drive clients to their new homes.

Key #5: A Community Network
PPTFH pays our outreach professionals, but to a great extent our success rate depends on an 11-member volunteer enforcement team. And everyone works with first responders in our police and fire departments. Carlos Rodriguez, manager of the Union 76 station at PCH and Sunset and a member of the enforcement team, said it is rare to find a community working together this way. With what we are learning, teamwork fighting homelessness can be a positive force in many communities.

Nina Kidd
PPTFH Communications Committee
L-R: Tom Creed, Rusty Redican (LAPD), Bruce Schwartz, Nancy Klopper, Sharon Kilbride

Enforcement Team Update
Our 11 enforcement committee volunteers and 3 LAPD beach patrol officers had a very successful year. Following are some highlights.
Our team engaged and offered services to over 800 homeless individuals passing through the Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon.
The enforcement team cleaned up over 50 abandoned encampments in the Via bluffs, Temescal Canyon, and the Corona Del Mar bluffs. Our 2018 goal is to clean up the remaining 25 abandoned encampments in the Via bluffs, along Palisades Drive, and in Castellammare. Please join us and volunteer for future cleanups by leaving your email address at CLEAN90272@gmail.com  
We are very proud that three of our enforcement team volunteers received major awards from the Pacific Palisades Community Council at a ceremony held December14.
Bruce Schwartz was honored as Citizen of the Year. Bruce worked with LAFD Inspector John Novela to place “Restricted Entry” signs on brushy hillsides where our team had found homeless encampments.
Tom Creed received a Golden Sparkplug award for organizing Project CLEANup, which removed debris from abandoned encampments in the Via bluffs and Temescal Canyon. In several CLEANup sessions, community volunteers removed over 40 encampments from these two areas in 2017.
Nancy Klopper received the Pride of the Palisades award. Nancy was key in reuniting a mentally ill homeless woman known as “Pretty Blonde” with her family. Pretty Blonde had lived in the Via de las Olas bluffs for two years. Nancy spent months researching mental illness, trying to figure out how PPTFH could get Pretty Blonde the help she needed. Nancy was able to contact Pretty Blonde’s parents overseas. They were overjoyed, having thought their child was dead. Nancy singlehandedly organized the parents’ reunion with their daughter, and Pretty Blonde is now back with her family in Scandinavia.
Sharon Kilbride
Chair, Enforcement Committee
L-R: Charles F. Smith, Sharon Browning, Carl McKinzie (Chair, Community Impact Fund Advisory Committee), Barbara Overland, Robert O. Klein (President & CEO of St. John's Health Center Foundation), Mary Flaherty (Community Impact Fund Advisory Committee)

Fundraising Update
Saint John’s Health Center Foundation has awarded PPTFH a Community Impact grant of $50,000. At a check-presentation breakfast January 11, PPTFH Vice President Sharon Browning and Fundraising Chair Barbara Overland were on hand to accept a check from the Foundation. Together with last year’s gift of $100,000, this year’s donation makes Saint John’s the largest contributor to PPTFH since we began fundraising in 2015.

We are especially proud to receive this award because application is not automatic.  Prospective recipients must be invited to apply for the grant.  In order to be eligible, a nonprofit must operate within a certain radius of St. John’s Health Center, and its work must have an impact on the hospital.  Subject areas include children and youth, homelessness, and general health.  We are grateful to Palisadian Charles F. Smith, a director on the Foundation’s board, for first bringing PPTFH to the Foundation’s attention, and to the Foundation for its confidence in our effort.
In addition to St. John’s second-time donation, we recently received repeat gifts from Corpus Christi Church, the Cody Family Foundation, the Specialty Family Foundation, Christine Peter, and Berkshire Hathaway. While we are thankful for all donations, we are especially appreciative of recurring gifts because they indicate continued support of PPTFH and are an affirmation of our work.

As a reminder, the Fundraising Committee is looking for individuals interested in volunteering to help write grant proposals to various foundations and organizations.  No prior grant-writing experience is necessary.  If you are a good writer and have a passion for the work we are doing, please contact us to get involved.
Barbara Overland
Chair, Fundraising Committee
Carmen Kallberg, New PPTFH Volunteer Coordinator

Ways To Be Involved and Help
I’m excited and honored to be the new PPTFH Volunteer Coordinator. I look forward to connecting with you who want to help PPTFH succeed and giving you a job you will find rewarding. PPTFH needs volunteers who care about our mission, do quality work, are reliable, flexible, and positive; and have skills they want to contribute. We break jobs into small, manageable tasks so that they can be easily accomplished and fit into our daily lives.
Currently we are seeking volunteers who can help in the following areas:
  • Treasurer’s backup assistant. – Some accounting or financial skills are required.
  • Grant writers for the Fundraising Committee. – If you enjoy writing and are a good writer, that’s all we need. Training and support are provided, and each writer has no more than two grant requests to write per year.
  • Website backup assistant. – Mainly technical work, a couple of times a month, to update our website. Content is provided by the Communications Committee on a regular basis.
  • MailChimp backup assistant. – Learn how to use MailChimp to send out bimonthly newsletters and community meeting flyers.
  • Writers and community meeting planners for the Communications Committee. – The committee meets once a month. We need volunteers to respond to press requests, write feature articles, and assist with public outreach and planning for bimonthly community meetings.
  • Abandoned encampment cleanup. – Join a team to help clean up abandoned homeless encampment sites.
  • Enforcement Committee members. – Help monitor the five Palisades encampment areas and work with the outreach team and law enforcement.
If you are interested in any of the jobs listed above, or just want to know more about how you might contribute, please email me, Carmen Kallberg, at ckallberg@aol.com. Thanks, and we appreciate any help!
Carmen Kallberg
PPTFH Volunteer Coordinator
Holiday Card-Making Event
Phoebe Durbin and her mother Jessica added their smiles and creative talents to PPTFH’s holiday card-making event last month. The cards were forwarded by our Palisades outreach team (Maureen Rivas and Glanda Sherman) to some of the 58 homeless Palisades individuals who are now off the streets and in their own housing. The event was coordinated by PPTFH board member Courtney Graff and held at Corpus Christi Church December 17.

Housewarming Gifts to Kids from Library Friends
Laura Schneider, President of the Pacific Palisades Friends of the Library, picked out 10 books from the library’s December book sale. The books were given by the Friends as housewarming gifts to four special children, ages 1 to 10. Last year the kids were homeless in the Palisades with their moms, Marina and Janet. In 2018 they are at home in Hollywood and the Santa Monica area. PPTFH thanks the Library Friends for their very thoughtful gift. 
Nina Kidd
PPTFH Communications Committee



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