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With Census 2020 a year away, officials worry about an undercount

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| Los Angeles county and city officials talked up the 2020 Census at a downtown L.A. rally on Monday, a year ahead of when the decennial count is set to take place. They’re trying to spread the word that an accurate count is critical because census data helps determine how many federal dollars go toward things like public health services and public schools.

LA Takes Steps to Boost Paid Family Leave to 18 Weeks

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LA City Council unanimously approves a motion that would extend the city’s paid family leave plan from six to 18 weeks for new and expecting parents.

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In OC, once-controversial apartments for homeless turn 10

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Anaheim's Diamond apartments opened 10 years ago to formerly homeless residents. Now, homeless advocates say it's proof that permanent supportive housing works.

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'Not in my backyard': One battle over homeless housing

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It’s not just about this one battle — it’s a snapshot of NIMBY showdowns all over SoCal.

Nimby or not: One battle to house the homeless

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In this multi-part series, we take an inside look at one battle in the crusade to get California's more than 90,000 unsheltered residents off the streets.

Thousands of LA's homeless shelter beds are empty. Here's why

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Every night, some 43,000 people sleep on the streets of Los Angeles County in tents, cars and makeshift structures. So why do thousands of beds run by the biggest homeless agencies also sit empty each night?

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OC mayors have picked a new, remote site to shelter evicted homeless

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Homeless advocates had criticized similar proposed sites, raising concerns about access to services, transportation and jobs, since the goal is to move as many people as possible off the the streets permanently.

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Is Orange County leaving mental health dollars on the table?

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A recent state audit found that counties have a total of $2.5 billion in unspent funds that they could be using to address mental health and homelessness.

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