News Update October 29, 2019

Food & Justice News October 29, 2019

 

  1. 2019 Greater LA Food Rescue Workshop
  2. Comment Today: Trump Administration Wants to Cut the Power of SNAP for Millions
  3. Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction

2019 Greater LA Food Rescue Workshop

(Thanks to Alyson Schill for this information)

 

When: November 18, 9am-12pm

Where: LA Trade Tech Campus, 2215 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Who: Local Nonprofits, Shelters, Community Colleges, Health Department, City Sanitation

Sponsored by Athen's Waste Services, LA Food Policy Council, LACC, and recycLA.

Registration: FREE with RSVP on Eventbrite https://lafoodrescue2019.eventbrite.com/

Complimentary lunch sponsored by Athens Waste Services

Presentations and roundtables will be exploring topics such as:

  • first steps towards starting a new food pantry on campus or in the community
  • how to keep your shelves stocked with nutritious food
  • how to better serve your community
  • food safety, managing inventory, and food spoilage
  • volunteer recruitment and retention

With presentations from St Francis Center, Food Forward, LA County Department of Public Health, Lunch On Me and more.

 

We are also still accepting suggestions and volunteers from any group who would like to host three 15 minute long rotating round table sessions during our breakout period.  A roundtable host can introduce themselves and meet up to 10 other individuals from other groups who would like to focus a short conversation on one particular topic related to running or starting food rescue/ food redistribution organization.  If you would like to suggest a roundtable host, please let me know the topic focus and the host's name and organization.

 

Please feel free to share this with other nonprofits!  We aim to support each other by building a network together!


Comment Today: Trump Administration Wants to Cut the Power of SNAP for Millions

Source: Food Research and Action Center

 

The federal government’s proposed rule changing the way that SNAP (CalFresh in California) determines how to calculate your electricity and gas costs (called the SUA or Standard Utility Allowance) would cut program benefits by a total of $4.5 billion over five years. In a high cost of living place like LA, that could hurt families, seniors and others struggling to make ends meet. Go to https://frac.salsalabs.org/snap-sua/index.html and put in your comment before December 2.

 

Comment deadline: December 2, 2019.


Resources for Tenants Facing Eviction

Governor Gavin Newsome signed legislation three weeks ago, AB 1482, which for the first time in decades would establish statewide rent control. Here are some features:

  • Yearly rent increases over the next decade will be limited to 5% plus inflation
  • Tenants will receive some protection against eviction, except for “just cause”
  • The rent cap will not apply to apartments built in the last 15 years, nor will it apply to single-family home rentals (unless those are owned by institutions or corporations, not by individual owners).

According the UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, over 9.5 million renters in California spend at least 30% of their income on housing costs.

 

Many landlords are rushing to raise rents before the new law takes effect on January 1.

In the City of Los Angeles, “an emergency ordinance aimed at halting "no-fault" evictions of people living in rental units and barring rent increases until next year was approved Tuesday October 22 by the Los Angeles City Council “(from https://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Los-Angeles-Retaliatory-Evictions-Housing-563624971.html) The no-fault eviction ordinance applies to all units built before 2006. A no-fault eviction is defined as when a tenant is evicted for reasons that are no fault of their own”.

 

If you know tenants in danger of eviction, connect them to resources via Tenants Together HotlineResource Directory or this CA Legal Aid Directory. (Thanks to ACCE for this info)

 



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