The newly formed Venice Neighborhood Council ad-hoc Homeless Committee, co-chaired by Will Hawkins and Matt Shaw, met Monday to a filled library room. They discussed “the count” and a Mobile Storage System.
They proposed to ask the proper City authorities to provide an official count of the affordable housing built that is part of the Jones Settlement requirement. Attorney for homeless Carol Sobel has figures as does Mark Ryavac, president of Venice Stakeholders Association. If the required number is met, they want the Jones Settlement removed and no sleeping, loitering on the sidewalk enforced.
The committee also proposed implementing an innovative Mobile Storage System. Heidi Roberts, committee member, said that the LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) in their “Complete Strategy” says they will consider mobile options when traditional sites are not available. Westminster Senior Center was considered not an option at the time. Councilman Mike Bonin has since announced a meet for 15 September specifically regarding the Westminster Senior Center as a storage facility and remodeling has commenced on the building.
Matt Shaw, said mobile storage would start with two busses each containing the proper operating staff, and supportive staff, and 50, 60-gallon containers. The beauty of the system said Shaw and all other committee members agreed was the flexibility –
busses could be added or subtracted as necessary…
the service people would be on the bus to service the homeless as opposed to homeless seeking out the service staff in various parts of Venice …
the busses would go directly to homeless as opposed to homeless lugging “stuff” to a storage area.
The committee members planned on three areas for pickup. The system would provide a set schedule for reliance. One stop, maybe two, could be OFW and another could be 3rd, which is growing to 4th along Sunset and Rose.
For example, a homeless person could store his “stuff” in the morning and pick it up in afternoon. A homeless person would be free to get assistance, look for work, go to work, etc. during the day.
Proper motions will be prepared for the next Venice Neighborhood Council meet.