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CRA PROVIDES MORE THAN $5.1 MILLION TO FUND SEVEN HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES IN SKID ROW AND OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY

CRA PROVIDES MORE THAN $5.1 MILLION TO FUND SEVEN HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES
 IN SKID ROW AND OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY
 LOS ANGELES, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) today approved more than $5.1 million in fiscal year 1992- 93 to fund seven agencies in Skid Row and other parts of Los Angeles that provide a variety of human services for the city's homeless population, including emergency shelters, drug rehabilitation and job training.
 Pending City Council approval, the CRA will assist the non-profit SRO Housing Corp., Skid Row Development Corp., Weingart Center, LAMP (formerly known as L.A. Men's Place), People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Henderson Community Corp. and the Special Service for Groups' Homeless Outreach Project.
 "In spite of the city's budgetary constraints, the CRA continues to fund those human service agencies which address the basic needs of the homeless population in Los Angeles," said CRA Chairman Jim Wood. "These services are especially needed now following the recent riots."
 Here is a summary of how agency monies will be spent:
 SRO Housing Corp.
 Formed by the CRA in 1984, SRO Housing Corp. has to date acquired and restored 11 single-room occupancy hotels in the Central City East (CCE) area -- providing almost 1,000 units for the city's poorest residents. Another 200 units at four hotels also will be restored, while a new 97-unit SRO hotel, the Courtland, will soon be completed. The agency will provide $1,827,035 to fund administration, operation and maintenance costs at the hotels and at three Skid Row area parks SRO Housing operates.
 Skid Row Development Corp.
 Skid Row Development Corp. (SRDC) was created by the CRA in 1979 to provide economic development opportunities for CCE residents and the homeless through job training and job placement services. The CRA will provide $695,200 to fund the central administration of SRDC and the operation of 22 shelter beds at Transition House. The agency also will provide an additional $761,700 to SRDC to manage and operate 138 shelter beds at the Weingart Center under a separate contract.
 Weingart Center Association
 The Weingart Center provides transitional and temporary housing, alcohol rehabilitation programs and mental health counseling for CCE homeless. Operating from what was once the infamous El Rey Hotel on San Pedro Street, Weingart Center has assisted more than 13,000 homeless individuals in the last seven years. The agency will provide $1,373,006 to fund 242 shelter beds at the facility.
 LAMP
 Established in June 1985, LAMP provides shelter beds, food, clothing, mental health care, and drug and alcohol abuse counseling for men and women in the Skid Row area. The CRA will provide $87,193 to fund 18 beds for mentally ill persons.
 People Assisting The Homeless (PATH)
 P.A.T.H., established in 1984, provides food, shelter, counseling for individuals and groups, job and housing assistance, personal items, and referrals to other agencies for medical, mental health and legal assistance. The program serves more than 6,000 homeless people annually in the West Los Angeles area. The CRA will provide $96,579 to fund 21 shelter beds at the center.
 Henderson Community Corp.
 Located in South Central Los Angeles, the Henderson Community Corp. was created to expand the availability of services to homeless women. The center offers referrals to job, medical and housing agencies; responds to clothing and personal hygiene needs; provides bus tickets, access to telephones and two hot meals a day. The CRA will provide $111,593 to fund 28 shelter beds for women at the center.
 Homeless Outreach Project (HOP)
 The CRA approved the creation of the Homeless Outreach Project (HOP) in September 1988 to link the homeless with human services in the CCE area. HOP, operated by Special Service for Groups, employs former homeless people in four two-person teams to interview the homeless, identify their needs and refer them to a variety of service providers in the neighborhood. In conjunction with other agencies, HOP also provides holiday dinners, food, clothing, and sponsors Alcoholics and Cocaine Anonymous meetings. The CRA will provide $222,305 to keep the program in operation in fiscal year 93.
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 /CONTACT: Marc Littman or Charles Sifuentes of CRA, 213-977-1951/ CO: The Community Redevelopment Agency ST: California IN: SU:


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