CAN’T MISS NEWS: A round-up of the articles, podcasts, and videos we’re talking about (Feb. 21, 2018)

CAN’T MISS NEWS: A round-up of the articles, podcasts, and videos we’re talking about (Feb. 21, 2018)

New fellowship aims to address shortage of LA workers on homelessness
via 89.3 KPCC

In a nutshell: As Los Angeles County massively ramps up its systems for combatting homelessness, over a thousand related jobs have yet to be filled. United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ new fellowship program aims to fill the gap with a pipeline of master and doctoral graduates.

Quote of note: "We're looking to bring in the next generation of leaders," said Elise Buik, CEO of the United Way of Greater L.A. "We absolutely have to think of it as a ten-year horizon."

7 ways to help the homeless in Los Angeles
via Curbed L.A.

In a nutshell: Whether you have as little as 10 seconds or as much as millions of dollars, there are practical things you can do to help.

Quote of note: “It sounds simple and that you may not be making a difference, but when you make eye contact with someone who is often ignored, someone who has been struggling to maintain their dignity, you are telling them that in that moment you see them,” says Jackie Vorhauer of Skid Row Housing Trust, which provides permanent supportive housing for 2,000 people in 26 buildings throughout LA County.

A plan to house L.A.'s homeless residents could transform parking lots across the city
via L.A. Times

In a nutshell: There are 119 publicly-owned parking lots that have the potential to be turned into housing for the homeless.

Quote of note: "These opportunities ought to be evaluated in terms of the next vision of what the city ought to be," said Eric Moss, the architect on a project that would squeeze 140 units onto the Venice parking lot, along with a parking structure to preserve all the spaces there now. "Those lots belong to a completely different history and a completely different time."

5 things 'Mister Rogers' can still teach us
via CNN Entertainment

In a nutshell: Caring about others never goes out of style.

Quote of note: "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.'" — Mr. Rogers