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Monthly Newsletter - January 2017

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
 
The Task Force is starting the New Year with a busy schedule.  We begin on Monday, January 23rd with the Community Meeting on “Service Resistance” and closely follow that with the Homelessness Count during the very early hours of Thursday, January 26th.  We hope you‘ll join us for both of those events.

Our enforcement and outreach work continues to show steady progress.  In the first eleven months of our work, the combination has resulted in moving 29 individuals off the streets -- roughly 33% of those engaged by the Outreach Team.  We expect more progress in 2017, but it might not be quite as dramatic.  For those who aren't aware, OPCC has merged with the Lamp community and the new, larger organization – The People Concern -- includes more housing opportunities.

Patrick Hart's amazing efforts -- in mapping homeless encampments to help the Beach Patrol and the Outreach Team -- were honored by our Community Council last year with a Golden Spark Plug Award.  I was invited to speak at the Interfaith Thanksgiving service at St. Matthews and we're very grateful for the warm reception and generous donation from the community.

Last year PPTFH became a 501(c)(3), allowing us to now raise funds for not only the Outreach Team but also possible efforts such as providing “move-in expenses”, helping to find and send the homeless back to their families, etc.  These additional goals are still being identified so we welcome your input.

Many thanks to the young adults at Lake Shrine who underwrote and prepared the recent donation of hygiene-kits.  And also a big thanks to the folks who donated to the very successful CHEAR Physical Therapy Socks Campaign.  These provide the Outreach Team with items they can give to the homeless as they engage with them.  Our Palisades community really came together this past holiday season to support PPTFH in many and wonderful ways – Bravo Palisadians!

We are looking for a volunteer to help us as Recording Secretary at monthly Board meetings, and another volunteer as Coordinator of Social Media.  Please contact us if you know of people possibly interested in these important roles.

Doug McCormick
President, PPTFH

ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
 
Enforcement continues to be a critical part of our strategy – balanced with our outreach efforts.  The Enforcement Committee, chaired by Sharon Kilbride, meets monthly at the Chamber of Commerce office and we’re very grateful to the Chamber for allowing us to meet there.  Each month we discuss the “Top 6” individuals and develop a plan of action for LAPD and the Outreach Team.  As you know, there are some individuals who resist services & housing and some who accept them.  Even with those who resist, we persistently work toward “baby steps”, not necessarily quick solutions, and this requires a lot of patience on the part of both the Beach Patrol and the case workers.

We are delighted to have Officer Rusty Redican's new partner – Jim Soliman.  He comes to us with a strong background in this kind of work, having been with the Venice Transient Detail before joining our Beach Patrol.  And the Committee has two new volunteer members – Larry McNally and Scott Beal.  Their new insights and efforts are a welcome addition.  But many, many thanks to the others on the Enforcement Committee - Patrick Hart, Nancy Klopper, & Bruce Schwartz.

Plans for 2017 enforcement efforts include:
  • Continuing the regular finding/removing of abandoned encampments through community and LA City Park & Rec efforts
  • New signage for No Overnight Parking along Sunset at PCH, where RV’s have been parking for days at a time
  • Keeping the LAPD Beach Patrol monitoring hotspots 4 days each week
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FUNDRAISING UPDATE

As of yearend 2016 we have raised over $300,000.  That is $200,000 short of our $500,000 goal ($375,000 for three years of the Outreach Team, and $125,000 for three years of “move-in expenses”, etc.).  So we have more work to do, but we sincerely appreciate all the amazing generosity of those who have helped us get to where we are.
 
(click on chart to see a larger image on our website)

OUTREACH TEAM SUCCESS STORY
[excerpt from article given to Palisadian Post (page 26)]

Last Thanksgiving, Yaya—who’s 23 years old—for the first time in her life had a traditional turkey dinner with all the trimmings. She’s settled down now in a warm place: a Sober Living home that shelters women whose hellish earlier lives turned them into addicts. By then she’ll have an infant daughter whose father might come around to see them both. But Yaya has now taken charge of her present and future lives. Ahead of her, in steps, are getting permanent housing, finding a satisfying job, and having her boys with her again as a loving family.

How did Yaya’s transformation come about? It happened because in January the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness brought in two social workers from OPCC, Maureen Rivas and Glanda Sherman. Right away they went to Palisades places where homeless people hang out, to start making contacts. Gently and patiently, they learned people’s names and things about them. They’d ask what might help: a safe indoors place to stay, a meal, some clothing, medical treatment? Though the two women often got spurned, they always came back. They also knew that sometimes what a person most needed was someone to talk to. Both began hearing Yaya’s awful background stories. Admiring the sturdy character and intelligence that came through clearly in her words, they kept encouraging her to accept the kind of assistance that would help her start a new life. And Yaya finally did. “She is a remarkable young lady,” says Maureen, her case manager, who sees her often.

PPTFH’s outreach work among the homeless living in the Palisades, done mostly through Maureen and Glanda, has proven so successful that generous contributions by now have assured its continuation throughout 2017. Efforts will soon begin to guarantee its full funding during a third year in this trial period of a program already serving as a model for other communities, such as Malibu, where homeless people congregate in a rather similar geographic setting.
 
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INFO CARD

Our information cards continue to be passed out by community members. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support of the community for our work. 

These cards are now available at the Palisades fire stations, the Palisades library and the Palisades post office. If you know anyone who needs this information, please had them a card and encourage the to contact us. 
 

Copyright © PPTFH, All rights reserved.
President: Doug McCormick; Vice-President: Sharon Browning; Treasurer/Secretary: David Morena

Our email address is:
pacpalihtf@gmail.com

To reach the Outreach Team of Glanda & Maureen email:
palisadesoutreach@opcc.net

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