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July 29, 2020

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline will be available by dialing ‘988’ in 2022

by Makena Kelly

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously to finalize 988 as the number Americans can call to be directed to the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline hotline. As of right now, individuals in suicidal crisis can reach that hotline by dialing 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), but that number will be easier to remember once it transitions to its three-digit equivalent starting on July 16th, 2022.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement on Thursday, “Establishing the easy-to-remember 988 as the ‘911’ for suicide prevention and mental health services will make it easier for Americans in crisis to access the help they need.”

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Terrance Whitten in his studio at his new apartment in Los Angeles. Whitten was homeless and living in Pan Pacific Park in February when the People Concern matched him to an empty apartment in Glassell Park.
(Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

July 24, 2020

The apartment was ready in February. Four months later, the homeless man moved in

by Doug Smith

Life wasn’t easy on the streets. But, for a time, it was at least predictable.

Terrance Whitten would hang out all day at Farmers Market, the Beverly Center or the Fairfax Library. Then he’d catch the bus to his secret sleeping place: the storage unit where he kept his belongings.

His future brightened when his case manager told him he’d been matched to an apartment in Glassell Park. He filled out the paperwork and previewed the unit.

His written record of what came next screams with all-caps pain: “LIBRARIES CLOSE!”; “ALL CITY AGENCIES CLOSE!!!!”; “NOWHERE TO GO.”; “ANGRY DAY.”; “RAIN.”

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