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Generally, human relations commissions are represented on affirmative action committees or have their own committee to address county employment issues. Commissions frequently will monitor county employment policies, procedures and practices to ensure that they are not discriminatory.

As in employment legislation may preempt local governmental agencies from enforcing laws barring discrimination in housing. However, fair housing groups investigate and discover discrimination in housing by sending out “testers” to determine whether people representing those protected by law are treated differently than other applicants for housing. When discrimination is found the group may charge the offending party with discrimination.

Human relations commission often develop working relationships with local fair housing groups.

Commissions may take the lead to ensure that people who move into areas where they are not the dominant racial or ethnic group are welcomed. Programs to accomplish this vary according to the situation. The type of activity appropriate when a relatively large number of people representing an ethnic or racial group move into an area populated with people from a different ethnic or racial group may be inappropriate when a few families of one ethnic or racial group move into a relatively homogeneous community of people from another ethnic or racial group. Programs may involve the residents in isolation from the institutions of the county, or they may involve the schools, law enforcement and other public agencies.

LA’s housing crunch leaves disabled with few options

By | September 13th, 2016|Disability, Employment & Housing|

Paralyzed from the waist down and requiring a wheelchair, Pacoima resident Martin Rosales struck out last week when he went apartment hunting.

At one Van Nuys building, his wheelchair was too big for the apartment’s front door. Another unit’s bathroom was too small.

Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.

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U.S. Household Income Grew 5.2% in 2015, Breaking Pattern of Stagnation

By | September 13th, 2016|Employment & Housing|

WASHINGTON — For American families, household incomes rose strongly in 2015, breaking a yearslong pattern of income stagnation. The median household’s income in 2015 was $56,500, an increase of 5.2 percent over the previous year, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday.

Read more in The New York Tines.

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Squeezed garment factories use check cashing services to mask true wages, workers say

By | August 1st, 2016|Employment & Housing|

After a week of 10-hour days folding and packaging clothing, Jesus Francisco Moreno walked out of the factory in downtown Los Angeles on

a recent Monday afternoon to collect his $450 in wages. Holding a personal check, with no required deductions, he went to a white,

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He was homeless — but to get help, the rules said he had to prove it

By | August 1st, 2016|Employment & Housing|

After being discharged from detox, Rory Gallegos had nowhere to go. So he made the street his home.

A year later, he thought he had found a home when the Hillview Mental Health Center in Pacoima offered him an apartment with onsite mental health services.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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L.A. will need to create a ‘housing machine’ as part of homeless bond measure, official says

By | July 7th, 2016|Employment & Housing|

Nearly eight years ago, Los Angeles County’s transit agency embarked on a huge construction initiative aimed at adding new subway lines, freeway lanes and light rail routes.

Before that, the Los Angeles Unified School District took on a massive plan for building dozens of elementary, middle and high schools.

Now, political leaders at Los

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In San Francisco, a coordinated media effort to solve homelessness stirs the city

By | July 1st, 2016|Employment & Housing|

The wind whipped at blue plastic tarps protecting Andi Montoya’s tented home, a mattress-topped wood platform on two giant Costco flat shopping carts, easy to roll if the cops force her to move.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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‘An end to all the excuses,’ says L.A.’s chief bureaucrat in push for $1.8-billion homelessness plan

By | June 30th, 2016|Employment & Housing|

While guiding Los Angeles on its painful budget recovery, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana often had to be the naysayer.

He told the city no to hiring, he told the unions no to raises and he told the voters no to fixing sidewalks and streets without new taxes.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.

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Where the Middle Class Is Shrinking

By | May 13th, 2016|Employment & Housing, Intergroup Relations|

The percentage of families earning middle-class incomes fell in nearly nine out of 10 major metro areas across the country between 2000 and 2014, according to new research by the Pew Research Center. The study defined middle-class households as those making between two-thirds and twice the national median income. That was roughly $42,000 to $125,000

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