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Homeless Committee Discusses Homeless Storage On Site, Pet Care

East side of 3rd Ave.

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.

Comments (8)

  1. Jack Herman

    Tori W.:

    There are not “many shelter beds available on any given night through out the city.” Please educate yourself. This article from today’s L.A. Times would be a good place to start.


    • Tori W.

      Jack…if you wanna be informed then go direct to the source. See link to the LAHSA site below with all vacancy rates of all LA Shelters for 3/30/17. On any given night for the last five months there the West LA Shelter had available beds every single night as well as at other facilities throughout LA.

      And as of 3/30/17 West LA Shelter was at 78% capacity with the majority of shelters having available beds as well. This has been the case through the entire winter too. All these expensive resources going unused. Totally unacceptable.


      Let me know if you need more info.

      • reta

        Thank you so much for the link to shelter occupancy. Put it in my comment section for Venice Update weekly email. It is important. I tried to get a continuous bed count for the night before for the local shelter but it just did not happen. May do story on the occupancy for the past season. Thanks again.

  2. Billy Zanatakos

    The homeless need a lot more help than this. They need 24 hours bathrooms and shower facilities PDQ. It would be more cost effective to open a shelter and storage facility on OFW. So as to accommodate 1,000 people.

    • Tori W

      There are many shelter beds available on any given night through out the city. The last thing Venice needs is to open up showers and bathrooms to enable those who don’t bother to use the services already available to them.

    • Anonymous

      Yes, yes!!! Please build us the Homeless Hilton right on OFW – storage and a concierge. Whatcha smokin’ there Billy?

  3. Anonymous

    FYI–LA Animal Services Mobile Pet Center already provides free services to unhoused persons’ pets. There are also other groups that do this.

    • Will

      We’ve called multiple organizations in LA who provide mobile pet services and as far as we’ve been told there aren’t any currently being executed in Venice. Which is why we proposed the motion.

      If we missed one that does I’d appreciate it if you contacted me at william.hawkins@venicenc.org and provide their info.

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