Councilman Mike Bonin will unveil his strategy for ending homelessness in Venice at a special meeting next Tuesday (29 March), 7 to 9 pm at Westminster Elementary School, 1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice.
Note: Last year the homeless count in the city was up 12 percent from the previous count; Venice count was up 14 percent from the previous count. All figures were so dramatic that a special count was held again this year; normally the count is every two years. Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged 100 or 150 million to end homelessness and now is thinking of putting a bond on the ballot to cover this cost.
Press release from the council office is as follows:
Homelessness in Los Angeles is the most severe crisis facing our neighborhoods — and the problem is especially acute in Venice. Solving it is going to take commitment, perseverance, and action. I intend to unveil my Homelessness Strategy for Venice at a special meeting at 7 pm, March 29 at the Westminster Elementary School. I personally invite you to attend.
My colleagues and I on the City Council, in close partnership with Mayor Eric Garcetti and the County Board of Supervisors, have been working to change the way we combat this crisis, and last month, we adopted strategies to get people off the streets and into homes.
Those strategies are meaningless, however, without an implementation plan. On March 29, I will propose my implementation strategy and begin the process of seeking public input on it. I will outline both programs and projects to help give homeless people in Venice the respect and dignity they deserve — and help give residents, businesses and visitors the clean and safe Venice they deserve.
For any plan to succeed, it will need to be collaborative, and move forward with community engagement and support. I expect and welcome robust dialogue and I anticipate plenty of feedback. Please join me on March 29 at 7pm at Westminster Elementary School (1010 Abbot Kinney Blvd.) to hear my proposed implementation plan for Venice.
Please RSVP today and invite your neighbors.