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'We have to do it all': Assemblyman on housing LA's homeless

LOS ANGELES — For Justice Holmes and her Doberman, Onyx, home is a tent downtown on San Pedro Street.

Holmes has been homeless for 10 years, and a recent rainstorm forced her to seek cover at the Downtown Women's Center. Her tent had been washed out, and she was waiting at the center for clean clothes and toiletries.

Elected officials and local organizations spreading word of rent relief

BOYLE HEIGHTS, Calif. — The eviction moratorium ended in September, but California Assemblymember Miguel Santiago is working hard to inform low-income renters in downtown Los Angeles — which has the highest need for help in his district — that there are still protections and funding available that would cover 100% of back rent.

The East LA YMCA has also been informing people, like the Neal family, that they are eligible for free rent and utility relief through a workshop.

Why Aren’t Angelenos Who Need Rent Relief Applying For It?

For months, state and local governments across California have been trying to prevent evictions by delivering billions of dollars of relief to people who’ve fallen behind on rent.

But in Los Angeles, many renters in need aren’t applying for help.

Tiny homes: 2 elected officials sleep overnight at new Highland Park facility, largest in US

HIGHLAND PARK, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- To raise awareness of efforts to combat homelessness, a California state assemblyman and Los Angeles city councilman slept overnight Wednesday at the Arroyo Seco Tiny Home Village in Highland Park, the largest facility of its kind in the U.S.

The Tiny Home Village sits on nearly 7 acres and includes 117 units.

Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de León and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago spent the night at the location, ahead of its official opening as a transitional-housing site.

California first to let kids add parents to insurance plans

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is the first state to let some adult children add their parents as dependents on their insurance plans, a move advocates hope will cover the small population of people living in the country illegally who don’t qualify for other assistance programs.

California could soon have its own public banking service, under new law signed by Gavin Newsom

California set a course to offer the nation’s first zero-cost, public option platform for personal financial services, under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Assembly Bill 1177, authored by Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, calls for the state to conduct a market analysis of a state-backed program that would give Californians a public option for banking services like debit cards.

California takes aim at housing discrimination with new laws

With state policy increasingly focused on boosting development to address the housing affordability crisis, California adopted measures Tuesday to combat discrimination in the housing market that supporters say is critical to ensuring the state not only builds enough homes but that everyone has access to them.

LA County Board of Supervisors to consider extending eviction protection to commercial renters

LOS ANGELES - On Tuesday, when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meets, they’ll consider a motion to extend eviction protections to commercial renters.

For residential tenants, it’s a more complicated story. Under current state law the County doesn’t have the authority to extend eviction protections for residential tenants and it doesn’t look like the state is going to extend them either.

Los Angeles rental assistance: Residents can apply beginning Sept. 1

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles City Councilman Kevin de Leon and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago announced Friday that the city's decision to hand over its rental assistance program to the California Department of Housing and Community Development would allow checks to get to qualified applicants quicker.

On Aug. 7, de Leon and Santiago criticized the city's program for its slow pace, saying that at the rate payments were being issued, the program wouldn't be complete for 18 months.

Finally, a gym of their own in Little Tokyo

The crowd at the Little Tokyo gym roared as the basketball player, his team down a dozen points, dodged a defender, spun and hit a fadeaway shot.

Despite the flashy drive, the contest on a Sunday night in June was mainly one-sided, with a final score of 73-33.