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Trump’s Budget Threatens Some LA Homeless Programs

Los Angeles, CA (March 31, 2017) -The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission has unanimously approved a resolution in support of programs and resources to help people experiencing homelessness that are threatened in President Trump’s proposed budget.

The proposed budget would eliminate the Community Development Block Grant program as well as the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which together provide over $140 million annually that in part serve the homeless in Los Angeles County.

“The proposed cuts to HUD and HHS would be catastrophic for the efforts to end homelessness in Los Angeles County,” said Wendy Greuel, chair of the LAHSA Commission. “The Commission will continue to advocate for funding for homeless programs on the federal level to ensure no one calls the streets their home.”

The proposed budget would reduce the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by $6 billion and the Health and Human Services Department by $15 billion.

The resolution also references the importance of the Legal Services Corporation and the Interagency Council on Homelessness, which would be eliminated under President Trump’s proposed budget. The Commission supports full funding for these programs and others that provide critical services and housing to people experiencing homelessness.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is a joint powers authority of the City and County of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problems of homelessness in Los Angeles County. LAHSA is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Los Angeles Continuum of Care, and coordinates and manages more than $132 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless persons. For more information visit www.lahsa.org.


Comments (6)

  1. Nick Z

    Billy, you are right that Prop 13 is a huge tax giveaway to homeowners, but it’s not the new recent millionaire residents who benefit. The new “gentrifiers” are already paying full property tax because taxes reset when a home is sold. The true beneficiaries of Prop 13 are long-time homeowners who bought their house for $100,000 30 years ago and it’s now worth $2M, but they are still paying taxes like it’s a $100,000 house. Your idea would actually force the lower income homeowners of Venice out of their houses, including many long-time African American homeowners in Oakwood. They may be millionaires and 1%-ers in terms of assets (their house), but they don’t have the cash flow to pay full taxes.

    • reta

      And would this be a new class of homeless on the streets? How far does a million after taxes go for seniors in Venice? Talk about community after 30 years. Or should this class of diversity be moved to Palm Springs or a cheaper than PS place?

      • Nick Z

        That;s the issue Reta. Depending on age, proceeds would probably pay for rent and a comfortable life in Venice, but maybe not much for heirs. Would probably afford a comfortable life anywhere east of California and West of New Jersey, but then that begs the question, why raise taxes and force those people out and to move to lower cost areas and not build housing for the homeless in lower cost areas?

    • Anonymous

      Billy Boy, Don’t you realize that major tax increases can be passed on to renters, raising already unfathomable highs. Oh yes, those young techies can afford it. A simple answer to a complicated concern with loads of unintended consequences. Oh, you could enact laws limiting what those evil landlords could charge, but the return is like what happened when SMMR put in draconian rent control laws, where landlords just stopped maintaining their properties and let them go to shit. Or is that yet another way you folks would like to degrade Venice in order to make the “home of the homeless” more complete.

  2. Billy Zanatakos

    I saw this coming. Easy fix, increase state and city taxes and do away with prop 13 to meet the shortfall in the budget.Venice has plenty of millionaire residents that can afford the tax increase.

  3. Anonymous

    Then does it not make sense to re-examine the use of some of the most expensive property in LA County for housing a few homeless people and sop up needed visitor parking, and sell it off to developers for funds to use wisely and economically to build something for the many somewhere else. The lots on Venice Blvd should be built as a multi-story car park with turnstiles and attendants like in Santa Monica to get revenue. This whole homeless city at the beach in Venice is a long term, overpriced solution to nothing, while the numbers of people coming to seek the good life at the beach financed by a mythical Uncle Sugar keep increasing. It is time to reevaluate what is being done and start looking at helping the homeless over funding the nonprofits.

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