News Update: March 9th 2015

RSVP for Hunger Action Day May 12-13: Each May hundreds of anti-hunger advocates from across the state meet in Sacramento to educate their legislators about hunger and encourage their support for anti-hunger legislation. This year advocates from your community will be at the capitol on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. (Group travel date from LA for overnight in Sacramento is May 12.) With more than 3.8 million California adults struggling with food insecurity it’s important we speak out

Send questions or RSVP to: [email protected]

Getting SSI, Living in Hunger

This month the Assembly (on March 11) and the state Senate (on March 26) will be holding Human Services Budget hearings, in which they’ll get to hear the evidence that we need to raise the SSI/SSP level for the 1.4 million Californians who rely on this $889 per month for all their living expenses.

VoiceWaves, an innovative publication based in Long Beach which trains young journalists in covering social issues, produced an article in their March edition detailing the hunger faced by Long Beach residents, seniors and disabled, who must rely on SSI for their entire means:
Voicewaves Article SSI March 2015

Renter’s Day LA: Saturday March 14

2015-Tenant Fair Renter’s Day LA will be held:
Saturday, March 14, 2015
MacArthur Park, 6th Street & Parkview

Speak Out, Kids Activities, Give-Aways, Food, Music, Learning, Fun

LA tenants are demanding quality repairs and limits on demolitions and condo conversions. Housing costs are one of the major contributing factors to hunger in Los Angeles. It’s that simple: when low income and working families, seniors, and disabled folks have to pay more for their rent, there’s less disposable income for everything else, including utilities, clothing, transportation, out of pocket medical costs, and food. 41% of low income LA tenants pay more than 50% of their income for rent.

MORE INFO: 213-228-0024 / [email protected]

Renters’ Day Endorsers:

  • Alliance for Community Transit-LA
  • Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice-LA
  • Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council
  • Chinatown Community for Equitable Development
  • East LA Community Corporation
  • Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles
  • Bishop Jon Bruno
  • Esperanza Community Housing
  • Eviction Defense Network
  • Hunger Action LA
  • Inner City Law Center
  • Inquilinos Unidos
  • Korean Immigrant Workers Alliance
  • LA Human Right to Housing Collective
  • LA Thrives
  • Little Tokyo Service Center CDC
  • Los Angeles Community Action Network
  • People Organized for Westside Renewal
  • Right to the City Alliance
  • Shalom Center for T.R.E.E. of Life
  • Southeast Asian Community Alliance
  • Southern California Association for Nonprofit Housing
  • Strategic Actions for a Just Economy
  • T.R.U.S.T South LA, Thai Community Development Center
  • The Sober Living Network
  • Union de Vecinos
  • Venice Community Housing
  • Women Organizing Resources
  • Knowledge and Services
  • Youth Policy Institute

Facebook: /IAmaRenter

April 15th Rallies for “Fight for 15” Dollars Per Hour

Low-wage workers at Wal-mart, LAX, warehouses, nursing homes, health clinics and carwash workers in Los Angeles are taking to the streets April 15th, 2015 to demand a decent pay that supports families without having to rely on public assistance.
After 2 years of all of our work, of major strikes and skeptics who called us dreamers, we are poised to win for all workers. Everyone is joining the ‘Fight for 15’. Fight for 15 photo

WalMart recently raised its workers wages from a minimum $8 per hour to $9 per hour, still short of a living wage, but T. J. Maxx and Marshall’s followed suit. However, Target apparently doesn’t think its workers need a raise at all. From Daily Kos:

Target Won't Join WalMart on Wage Increase

Daily Kos also describes how many states have slashed funding for workers who are temporarily disabled on the job---another battle in an overall attack on workers that’s leaving many families hungry and homeless

States Slash Worker's Comp Protections

Urban Ag Issues in LA City Council

(Thanks to Anisha Hingorani and Francesca de la Rosa for this information)

The L.A. City Council has voted to allow Angelenos to plant fruits and vegetables in their parkways - that strip of city-owned land between the sidewalk and the street - without a permit.

City Council Approves Parkway Gardens

LA Food Policy Council’s Urban Ag committee had led many residents for the last two years in the fight to make the parkway plantings legal. From this committee come the following updates on other city urban ag issues:

- 3/17 PLUM hearing on the Plan for a Healthy LA: We've heard that the Planning and Land Use Management Committee of LA City Council will hear the Plan for a Healthy LA. The Urban Agriculture Working Group submitted recommendations that are reflected in the draft plan.. We strongly encourage you to turn out and give public comment and demonstrate why urban agriculture is important to you.

Date: 3/17/2015
Location: LA City Hall, Room 350, 3rd Floor
Time: Tuesday, March 17, 2:30pm

-3/19 Public Hearing for Backyard Beekeeping Draft Ordinance: City Planning is holding the first of several hearings related to the legalization of beekeeping in single-family zones. The hearing will inform a report that will be presented before the City Planning Commission. If this is an important issue to you, your presence is needed. Join us on the 19th as we expect some opposition in the room.

Date: 3/19/2015
Location: LA City Hall, Room 1010, 10th Floor
Time: Thursday, March 19, 2:00pm

If you plan to attend either meeting or are interested in Urban Agriculture, contact:

Anisha Hingorani
Network and Communications Coordinator
Los Angeles Food Policy Council
200 N. Spring Street City Hall, M125 | Los Angeles, CA 90012
[email protected] | 213 922 9755 (office) | 626 629 6452 (mobile)

Peoples Guide 2015 Available Now!


The long awaited new edition of the Peoples Guide to Welfare Health and Other Services 2015 is available now in English! Spanish is anticipated to be available April 15.

Published since the late 1970s, the Peoples Guide has become the standard guidebook of public social services for people working in the field, people in need of help, and those just helping their neighbors.

This 72 page newsprint booklet gives you all you need to know about applying for :

  1. Financial assistance for individuals and families
  2. Unemployment benefits
  3. Job training
  4. Help for people in re-entry
  5. Dept. of Rehabilitation
  6. Child Care
  7. Foster Care
  8. Tax Rebates
  9. Social Security and SSI
  10. CalFresh
  11. Child Nutrition and WIC
  12. Help with Car Insurance and Smog Check Costs
  13. Low Cost Phone Service and Utility Bill Assistance
  14. Housing (including assistance for Transitional Foster Youth)
  15. Phone Numbers for Legal Assistance

The Peoples Guide 2015 electronic book is also available. Please follow the link below.
Peoples Guide English 2015 E Book
E Book features Live Links! Click directly on the links in the book to go to the live webpages.
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Ordering Printed Edition:

The basic charge Is $1.25 a copy. Individual orders of up to 2 books are free for low income people. Call (213) 388-8228 or use [email protected]

Online Orders:The Peoples Guides to Welfare Health and Other Services can be ordered online using our order form:

Peoples Guide Order Form

For Bulk Orders Contact:[email protected]
Include your name, address, quantity of English and Spanish copies that you want.

We ask that agencies purchase copies so we can pay for publication, translation, and mailing costs of the guide. In addition, funds generated support the Market Match program. Discounts of various types are available for large orders. Contact [email protected]

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