Practical Toolkit About Homelessness

Included in the latest issue of Seascape is the City of Santa Monica’s recently released toolkit about homelessness for residents, businesses and workers in Santa Monica. This toolkit offers practical resources based on questions raised by the community. Addressing homelessness is one of the Santa Monica City Council’s top five strategic goals. 

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Alisa Orduña will Lead Santa Monica’s Regional Collaboration on Homelessness in Senior Advisor Role

City Manager Rick Cole has selected Alisa Orduña as Senior Advisor on Homelessness to coordinate the community’s comprehensive efforts to address homelessness. Orduña is currently the Director of Homelessness Policy for the Office of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a post she’s held since 2015. A Southern California native, she has been on the front lines of homelessness and social services for nearly two decades in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. She was chosen from a competitive applicant pool of more than 120 candidates for the position.

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Jill's Story

Santa Monica resident Jill Turkfeld briskly walks into the Starbucks on Ocean Avenue with her therapy dog, Luna. Her stride is confident. Her smile is radiant. In fact, the 59-year-old carries herself with such poise and grace, one would never guess she has a painful past. One would never imagine that just a few years ago, she was homeless.

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