Annual Homeless Count Canceled | Pacific Palisades
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission has canceled its annual Homeless Count in Los Angeles County, which was scheduled for January 2021, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to LAHSA Annual Site Coordinator and PPTFH Board of Directors Member Kim Clary.
Commission members voted not to conduct the 2021 street count at a virtual meeting on December 4, according to a press release provided by PPTFH. The vote came after receiving and reviewing regulations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the LA County Department of Public Health, as well as input from the LAHSA partners who organize and carry out the count.
“PPTFH, with its first responder team and outreach workers from The People Concern, are in a unique position to know how many homeless individuals are residing or passing through Pacific Palisades,” PPTFH Co-President Sharon Kilbride said in a statement. “There has been a large increase over the past few months of homeless individuals coming to town, but many don’t stay. PPTFH’s important work continues whether or not a count is completed.”
Chabad Celebrates Chanukah | Pacific Palisades
With Public Health measures in mind, Chabad of Pacific Palisades prepares to celebrate the eight nights of Chanukah.
“Although we will not have our annual Palisades Menorah Lighting at Palisades Village due to current COVID guidelines, Chabad has once again arranged for public menorahs around town, which will be illuminated every evening of Chanukah beginning Thursday, December 10,” Rabbi Zushe Cunin shared in a statement.
In addition, a decorated Chanukah mobile will circulate the Palisades for the duration of the holiday, with virtual events planned for children and families.
Those who spot a menorah or the Chanukah mobile are encouraged to snap a picture and tag Chabad on Facebook and Instagram: @ChabadPalisades and #LightUpPalisades.
“We must ever be mindful of the power of unity and our collective light, which will certainly illuminate all the darkness and bring us closer together as a warm and loving community,” Cunin concluded. “We look forward to the end of this COVID pandemic and the imminent beginning of a brighter future.”
For more information, visit chabadpalisades.com/chanukah.
Santa Claus Saturday | The Village
Corpus Christi Church will be hosting Santa Claus Saturday—a drive-thru event in the church parking lot from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, to collect toys for Venice’s St. Joseph Center, as well as household cleaning products and diapers for Los Angeles-based Homeboy Industries.
The St. Joseph Center will wrap items and distribute them to children and families. A representative from Corpus Christi asked community members to bring unwrapped toys, dolls, games, art supplies, bikes, scooters, gift cards or items children would enjoy.
Homeboy Industries will be holding a CAR-nival for its clients, staff and families where they can drive through to receive food, toys, clothes and household items. Corpus Christi is collecting household cleaning products, including kitchen cleaners, sponges, hand sanitizer, detergent, tissues, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers and baby wipes.
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