Facing a homelessness problem, West Valley residents make a grass-roots push to be part of the solution

Laura Rathbone (left) and her sister Alycia Rathbone-Monroy (right) organized Sisters on the Streets to provide homeless women with feminine hygiene products. (Photo by Antonie Boessenkool.)

Los Angeles Daily News



Last year marked the first drop after three years of increases in the number of homeless people in Los Angeles. But in the San Fernando Valley, the number of people living on the streets rose. And while voters approved measures to generate millions for homeless housing and services, there has been pushback, too, against plans to build shelters in some communities.

Against that backdrop, members of neighborhood councils in the west San Fernando Valley and people working at homeless service organizations have made a grassroots push to pave the way for homeless services in the area.

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