Food For Homeless in NOHO
by Mr. Food Dude (anon)
by Mr. Food Dude (anon)
Great News! Sometime in late October or early November, the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition will be moving it’s operation to the Salvation Army building in Hollywood at 5939 Hollywood Blvd., near Bronson. The Salvation Army has generously given the GWHFC the use of their kitchen and dining room. Hooray! Homeless folks and others who depend on the nightly hot meal can now have a place to sit down at a table in a clean environment and enjoy a nice meal and chat with friends, just like the rest of humanity. The GWHFC will be in charge, thanks to the great folks at the Salvation Army Hollywood.
“The Line” at Sycamore and Romaine served a purpose for years, as it was the only place to serve food. But it had its drawbacks: no seating, no tables, no bathrooms. Just a dirty sidewalk to sit on. It will be so nice to be indoors, out of the rain in the winter, in a place where you can wash up in a bathroom, and be treated like a human being. So three cheers for the Salvation Army for inviting the Food Coalition to use their facility with no strings attached! And three cheers for Sheri and the great folks at the GWHFC who work so hard every day of the week to provide food for the needy, seniors, homeless, and others! This is a well-deserved move and one that will benefit all parties concerned.
Van Nuys Help Center (6425 Tyrone Ave. Van Nuys, CA 91406). This is our main facility that daily provides homeless services to our clients. Here, we provide daily hot meals from 12:15pm-1pm Monday through Friday and most Saturdays. Additionally, we have showers available for our clients from 9-11:45 every day. We also have case managers onsite, Department of Mental Health, Veterans Affairs, etc. This is a one-stop shop for our clients seeking assistance.
Thrift Stores. We still have the thrift store in Sun Valley (but this will be closing towards the end of the year). So, we have 3 stores:
Sun Valley (8165 San Fernando Rd. Sun Valley, CA 91352).
Granada Hills (18167 Chatsworth St. Granada Hills, CA 91344).
Santa Clarita (19379 Soledad Canyon Rd. Canyon Country, CA 91351).
Hope Care Center (New Recuperative Facility). This facility, located at 11134 Sepulveda Blvd. Mission Hills, CA 91345, is where all of our Administrative offices currently are. In the downstairs portion, however, we have a recuperative care facility that acts as a shelter for homeless patients being discharged from hospitals. This facility accepts no walk-ins, clients have to be transported by a hospital and admitted by our team here. We have a full skilled nursing staff here that help bring our clients back to full health, as well as a case management team that works to find them appropriate housing. They are fed three delicious and nutritious meals a day here by our executive chef, Geronimo. The recuperative facility contains a brand new commercial catering kitchen that is capable of making 3,000 meals a day! In addition to the recuperative care portion of the building, we have a Federally Qualified Health Clinic (not up and running quite yet), but will provide health care for the surrounding community.
Watch the documentary below or click to go directly to youtube:
This revolution took place when huge mining company Rio Tinto opened a copper mine on the island of Bougainville, part of Papua New Guinea. The residents were pushed off their land, put into concentration camps, brutalized by security forces and deprived of any sort of basic human rights. The corporation was later sued for war crimes and genocide in the United States, but the U.S. Supreme Court abandoned any sort of moral high ground that was left in America, and shredded the Alien Torts Act, under which indigenous people could seek justice from the criminal activities of multi-national corporations. The government then tried to starve out the residents by blockading the island for 8 years, depriving them of any food or medicine. This documentary shows how the folks on the island fought back against overwhelming odds.
1) Time change: Beginning in August (2014) the meal provided on the 3rd Saturday at the Village Church (3216 W. Victory, Burbank) will move from 2 pm to 11 am. For the time being this is a permanent change.
2) Name change: Henceforth the church group that provides the meal on the last Sunday at the Amelia Earhart NOHO Park will be known as The Tapestry LA Church (i.e. no longer the New Life Community Church)
3) Besides some blankets, used clothing, a little bit of fruit, and bottled water brought to the NOHO park on Magnolia Street, on the final Sunday of each month, Angel Hanz always has a table with some pet supplies including food, collars, leashes and pet toys. Karen Hamza, who runs this organization, is only interested in providing these provision to the homeless for their pets. Karen often man’s this table herself, and generally doesn’t want to give out the pet
supplies unless she sees the pets with their owners at the park.
Burbank Church of Christ Offers Free Breakfast on Saturdays for Homeless/Food Challanged
The Burbank Church of Christ now offers a free breakfast on Saturday morning between 8:30 and 10 am. The location is 2030 W. Burbank Blvd. at Fairview (between Buena Vista and Hollywood Way). These nice folks were doing this in the past but had to stop for some unknown reason. Get up early and ‘git’ your bacon and eggs!
Here’s some nice food options in NOHO for Sundays, as up to date as I have it. I’m working on a combined Valley list that should be done shortly. Any info on Glendale, Eagle Rock, Pasadena area is helpful, please email us.
1st Sunday of each month – 4 pm. Amelia Earhart NOHO Park. Food provided by a Simi Valley Church at picnic tables.
2nd Sunday of each month – around noon. Amelia Earhart NOHO Park. Starbucks coffee and a really great lunch provided by the nice folks at First Christian Church of Studio City. They also distro clothing, and often some musicians show up for entertainment. If you go away hungry from here it’s your own fault.
3rd Sunday of each month. About 12:30 pm. Baptist Church in NOHO near the park, at Fair and Otsego.
3rd Sunday of each month. Senior lunch at St. Finbar Catholic Church in Burbank, at Olive and Keystone. I think this is around noon.
Last Sunday of each month, about 1:30. Amelia Earhart NOHO Park. Usually food brought by good folks from New Life Community Church.
Also on Last Sunday, a group called Angel Hanz comes with clothing and other things for homeless people.
Thanks very much to Ric for the initial info on these, and to Tony and Joe for reminding me to check them out. Anyone homeless, living in a vehicle, or having difficulty getting enough to eat should come to these events. Pleasant atmosphere and nice folks. It is sad to see so many nice folks on hard times, but nice that we can share a meal and give each other support.
posted by Paulie.
6952 Van Nuys Blvd.
Van Nuys, CA
The class war is intensifying in Hollywood, as it is nation-wide. With millions of foreclosures each year, more and more people are being put on the street. Combined with the exporting of good jobs to China, it’s hard for many to survive on the minimum wage jobs that still exist, and especially since a lot of these are part-time jobs. Paying rent of $800 or more for a single apartment on a part-time minimum wage job is tough. More people than ever are living in their vehicles or on the street. One reason a lot of homeless go to Hollywood to “live” is that the image-myth of Hollywood attracts thousands of tourists from around the world, making pan-handling easier there than say, Pacoima or Long Beach.
But Hollywood continues to have a massive development scheme. Big buildings, condos, and towers continue to be built. Billions of dollars are pouring into the area’s real estate. And if there is one thing the real estate moguls don’t like to see, it’s homeless people. “It’s bad for business.” It gives the lie to the image of growth and success that the moguls are trying to polish up. If they don’t keep up the “Rah Rah” then their buildings may end up vacant. Although the breaking point of rents is fast approaching, the big investors who now own so much of Hollywood’s commercial and office buildings, seem to be oblivious to the further eroding of the economy. So the word is out: Get rid of the homeless. Push them out to somewhere else. Anywhere but Hollywood.
A Lesson From The History Books
One way is to take a lesson from the history books. When the American Imperial expansion was in full swing, the main obstacle was the Native American tribes, who had been residents of the land, now called “The United States of America”, for thousands of years. Solution: kill off the buffalo, food supply for the Natives. This ultimately weakened many tribes into submission and made them dependent on food from the government. This same tactic is now being pushed in the Hollywood area. Cut off the food supply, harass them at every turn, arrest them, push them out. This combined assault by the City of Los Angeles and it’s big business backers is now threatening the 27 year old Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition (GWHFC).
The GWHFC has fed about 200-300 folks a night for 27 years. Operating on the corner of Sycamore and Romaine in Hollywood, help is there with a hot meal and often with volunteers who help the seniors and homeless with issues like health, legal problems, and psychological counseling. Now comes the class war: the Health Department demanded that all the tables and chairs be removed from the sidewalks; microscopic inspection of the food prep building; citations for anything imaginable; cops trolling the food lines trying to find homeless who have warrants outstanding; cops and B.I.D. police hanging around looking to cite anyone. If you ever wanted to know what it was like to eat a meal in a Nazi food distribution during WW2 (if there even was one), then this is it. Even during the great depression, big mobsters like Al Capone set up food kitchens in Chicago and fed thousands on the streets. The politicians of today aren’t even as nice as the 30’s mobsters. They hate the thought of feeding anyone, other than their honorable selves, of course.
Homeless Treated Worse Than Animals by Cops, City Politicos
If you are a senior or homeless and would like a free hot meal at the GWHFC nightly food distro, get ready to be treated like a dog. Not by the good folks at the Food Coalition, who are trying to cope with this attack, but by a heartless, cruel City and their squadrons of Cops. There are no tables to sit down and enjoy a meal. You have to sit on the ground. There’s no place to wash your hands, no bathrooms or porta-poties. Men, women, and children grovel on the ground for their gruel because the Food Coalition can no longer put out chairs and tables.
Americans, Unlike Other Humans, Do Not Ever Have To Go To The Toilet – An Entire Nation of Anal Retentives
Business people and some residents complain about the damage done or the annoyance in the neighborhood. “I saw a homeless guy pissing on a tree.” What do you expect? There’s no bathrooms in the area and a lot of Hollywood businesses and restaurants try to keep them out of their bathrooms. If the City can’t provide some free bathrooms, then you get what you deserve. An outsider or visitor from another planet would notice right away that Americans never go to the bathroom. These places, if they exist at all, are hidden away in secret corners, even in Shopping Malls. Contrast this with Europe. Go to London or Paris. Bathrooms everywhere. In London the “Water Closets” are manned by old pensioners who exist on tips. They work shifts and keep the places clean. Think of all the seniors here in Hollywood. A lot of them would like a job like that, just as soon as America joins the rest of the civilized world. Meanwhile, it’s “piss-o-rama” on the back streets of Hollywood and will continue to be until the City of L.A. and the Hollywood business people wake up to THEIR responsibility to provide bathrooms FOR EVERYONE. (Hey, even the beloved tourists have to “go”) And they could also find a suitable building in the area of Romaine and Sycamore and let the good folks at the Greater West Hollywood Food Coalition go about their humane efforts to feed the hungry. It is a responsibility for everyone to pitch in and help. So to the Hollywood Fat Cats and Moguls: call off the Cops and sour-faced bureaucrats and lend a hand in finding a solution. Make the world a better place by becoming anal-expulsive.
Hidden Camera Shows Cops Lining Up Homeless “Suspects” at Sycamore and Romaine
Free Saturday Lunches in Burbank
11am – Emmanuel Church 438 E. Harvard Rd. Burbank.
2:00 pm. First Presbyterian Church, 521 E. Olive Ave. Good Hot Lunch
Monster Thanksgiving Dinner at First Presbyterian Church – Gypsy Cool says that this was really delicious! He took a Photo to remember it during the hard times when all there is to eat is can of sardines.
2:00pm – Village Church, 3216 W. Victory Blvd, Burbank. Downstairs in the Rec Hall.
Last Saturday (ALWAYS THE LAST SATURDAY)
1:15pm – St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. 6th St., Burbank. These good folks who serve you usually pay for the food themselves. God bless them a thousand times over for their generosity.
When There Are 5 Saturdays then the 4th Saturday is at:
Noon – Westminster Presbyterian Church, 542 N. Buena Vista, Burbank.
Every Saturday Free Breakfast
8:30 – 10:00am – Burbank Church of Christ, 3012 W. Burbank Blvd.
3rd Sunday – Usually Sept. through June – Senior Lunch
12:15 pm – St. Finbar Catholic Church, Keystone and Olive Ave. (2010 W. Olive Ave.), Burbank.