The Venice Neighborhood Council Homeless Committee discussed two proposed homeless motions and talked of others in the formative phase. A documentary film of Ronald Troy Collins, a homeless Blues musician, was shown and Collins performed two songs.
Provide storage at site
One of the motions was to have a six –month pilot program with the Department of Sanitation and LA police department partnering to provide 25 sixty-gallon storage containers for the homeless. A requirement would be that the person enter the LAHSA Coordinated Entry System (CES).
The containers would be used to allow a person to store his personal possessions, such as a tent, blankets, medication, personal documents, during the day. It was assumed that the container would be close to where the person dwelled on the sidewalk at night. This is all in compliance with LAMC 56.11.
At present one cannot walk down certain streets in Venice. The intention is to make the neighborhoods cleaner and make the sidewalks walkable and provide homeless with a safe, secure place for possessions.
Provide pet care
The second motion was to provide pet care for those homeless with pets. It was recommended that the LA Animal Services Mobile Pet Center provide free services to the pets belonging to the homeless.
Ideas in the making
One was to provide cards for Venice residents with the agencies and phone numbers to call when a resident sees a homeless person in need of help. Another idea being formulated was to provide a sober living facility in Venice for those who consistently need help. Mention was made of having a homeless town hall.