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Council Office Unveils Storage Plan for Homeless Person’s Belongings

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Council office unveils proposed six-month trial storage program for belongings of homeless people.

This program has been established by the council office under the guidelines of the city attorney’s office.  It is designed to get bundles of “stuff” off the beach, off the streets, out of the alleys.  Each council office has been encouraged to establish such a program.  Councilman Bill Rosendahl’s office is the first to do such.

The Venice Street Maintenance Yard on Abbot Kinney was selected as the site for the six-month trial storage program because it was more centrally located and less invasive to neighborhoods than other proposed sites.  One requirement was that facility could not be more than two miles from area’s homeless and their belongings.

Chrysalis to Help

The Chrysalis group will manage the storage program.  Chrysalis manages the program on Skid Row.  Chrysalis’ internet description of its organization is “a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a pathway to self-sufficiency for homeless and low-income individuals by providing the resources and support needed to find and retain employment.”

Chrysalis staff members will inventory, bag, and tag all bundles, items brought to maintenance yard.

Program

Some dates, times and methods of operation are subject to change prior to initiating the program. But the following is how the program is planned at this moment to proceed.

Arturo Pina of the Council Office said the program hopefully will be up and running by the end of April or early May.

Flyers will be circulated where there is an abundance of “stuff.”  “We are only required to post a warning,” Pina emphasized,   “but we will try to ‘flyer’ individuals in an area 48 to 72 hours before scheduled pickup.

“Pickup will be in coordination with the Bureau of Sanitation department, Street Services, and the Los Angeles Police Department.  The beach area will have the Recreation and Parks department involved.

“The Sanitation and LAPD department will check to determine if ‘stuff’ is sanitary, safe.  If not deemed sanitary, safe, it will be loaded in truck for disposal.  If deemed sanitary, safe, it will be loaded in truck to be sent to the street maintenance facility on Abbot Kinney where it will be inventoried, tagged, and stored for 90 days.  If not claimed after 90 days, the belongings will be destroyed.

“It is proposed that one day a week, stuff will be picked up in various, designated areas or throughout Venice. The facility will be open two days a week, perhaps two hours each of those days, for people to retrieve their belongings.

“Actually because it is a 90-day hold, things will not be picked up after first 90 days.”

Owners will have 90 days to retrieve. After 90 days, the unclaimed belongings will be destroyed.

Photos Taken Friday Morning of “Stuff”

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