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Surviving Skid Row: Women’s Stories Of Assault, Fear, And Finding Friendship

via Huffington Post

In a nutshell: Women account for a third of people experiencing homelessness in L.A. Amidst a lack of shelter beds and resources to help them cope, loosely formed networks of women have banded together to fill the unmet needs.

Quote of note: “The longer women are homeless, the harder the climb back to stability becomes. But while many women are eager to escape the violence of the streets, their options are scarce.”

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Garcetti says he’ll declare ‘shelter crisis’ to address homelessness

via Curbed LA

In a nutshell: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he will declare a “shelter crisis” to provide emergency housing to some of the estimated 25,237 unsheltered homeless residents who call the city home.

Quote of note: “Homeless advocates have long complained that street cleaning, and enforcement of local laws that limit the number and size of possessions residents can keep with them at one time, criminalize homelessness and result in the loss of residents’ personal possessions.”

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Compton’s Own Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize For ‘Damn’

Via CBS Los Angeles

In a nutshell: Grammy-winning rapper and Compton native Kendrick Lamar has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Music for his album “Damn.” It’s the first non-classical or jazz work to win the award.

Quote of note: “Judges hailed Lamar’s album as ‘a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African-American life.’”