Monthly Meeting Activities Update

Westchester Support Group
A family support group meets 6:30 PM at the Covenant Church in Westchester at 6323 W 80th St, Los Angeles, CA on the first Tuesday of the month.Anna and Bob London are facilitating the group while the Marcelletti’s teach the Family to Family Class

Providence Little Company of Mary Hospital San Pedro Support Group-
On the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 7:30 PM to 9 PM there will be a support group at the Hospital in San Pedro 1300 West 7th Street San Pedro CA 90732 in the Center for Health Education. Contact Ingrid Jacob-Hicks at 310-241-4327 or Paul Stansbury at pstans5@aol.com for information.

Support Group at Temple Emet
On the second Thursday of the month, Bell Forster facilitates a group at Temple Emet 2051 W 236th St, Torrance, CA from 6 to 7:30 PM.

El Segundo Support Group
Rebekah Martinek facilitates a Caring and Sharing Group at the El Segundo United Methodist Church in Johnson Hall 540 Main Street in El Segundo on the 4th Monday of the month, 7:00 to 8:30 PM.

South Redondo Beach Support Group
Kim Sheckler and Tracy Ayotte will be facilitating a support group on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8:30 PM in the Holy Family Room of St. Lawrence Martyrs Church 1940 S. Prospect, Redondo Beach

Japanese Speaking Support Group

meets on the second Tuesday of the month from 2 to 4 PM at the Harbor UCLA AMI/ABLE Program facility 21730 S. Vermont Suite 210 upstairs from the Pho Consome restaurant. Contact Chiaki Ueki at 310-372-0981 for more information.

Spanish Speaking Support Group

meets every Tuesday in Building D5 from 4:30 to 6:30 PM at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. Contact Rick Pulido at 310-513-1178 for more information.

2019 Los Angeles Homeless Count Results Announced

NAMI South Bay collaborates with the South Bay Coalition to End Homeless. This coalition has been instrumental in the annual Homeless Count and helping the Coordinated Entry System Network in the South Bay. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released the first set of 2019 Homeless Count and is the organization developing the plans and programs to address homelessness. It is estimated 30% of the homeless are persons with a mental illness.

Overall homelessness rose by 12% in the County of Los Angeles. While there were a few counties reporting a slight decrease, in general homelessness rose throughout the state. Other Southern California counties homelessness rate changed by:

  • Orange County: +50% (4,792 to 6,860)
  • San Bernardino County: +23% (2,118 to 2,607)
  • Riverside County: +22% (2,310 to 2,811)
  • San Diego County: -6% (8,576 to 8,102)
  • Imperial County: -5% (1,493 to 1,413)
  • Ventura County: +28% (1,299 to 1,669)
  • Santa Barbara County: -3% (1,860 to 1,803)

Within the LA Continuum of Care, these sub-populations changed:

  • Seniors (ages 62 and older): +8.2% (4,827 to 5,225)
  • Family members with minor aged children: +6.4% (8,267 to 8,799)
  • Youth (ages 24 and under): +24% (3,164 to 3,926)
  • Living in tents and makeshift shelter: +17% (9,475 to 11,086)
  • Living in vehicles: +5% (15,749 to 16,528)

Additional information is posted on the Los Angeles Housing Service Authority LAHSA Website.
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The South Bay Coalition will be discussing these results in more depth at our June 26th general meeting, being held at Inglewood’s Gladys Waddingham Lecture Hall, 101 W. Manchester, adjacent to Inglewood Main Library.

June Meeting — Housing, Diversion, and Consolidation

One of the most frequent calls and inquiries to our NAMI South Bay Affiliate is about the availability of housing. Another frequent phone call is about persons with a mental illness being caught up in the criminal justice system. And of course a major area of interest is the effort of NAMI affiliates to have a more effective advocacy by consolidating.

The speaker for our June Monthly meeting will be Brittney Weissman, Executive Director of NAMI Los Angeles County. She will speak about recent efforts on improving the availability of board and cares, diversion of persons with a mental illness from the criminal justice system. and the need for us to advocate for some very promising efforts in these areas. Ms. Weissman spoke at the Board of Supervisors meeting last Tuesday on our behalf on the issue of alternatives to incarceration.

Please come to our June 17 meeting at 7:30 and hear about these efforts and support the recommendations going the Board of Supervisors.

Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 6 PM and end at 7:15 PM.

Annual Pasta Dinner – Monday, May 20

May As Mental Health Month
Annual Pasta Dinner
will start at 6:30 PM.

Come join us for the annual celebration of May as Mental Health Month and take the opportunity to unite with others in showing why we care!

We will also have the chance to meet the new Walk Manager, hear about the exciting plans for this year’s walk and a special inspirational musical performance by Ramon Cabiling.

Both the Family Caring and Sharing Support Group for family members and Connections Support Group for persons with a mental illness will start at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM.