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Bonin Takes Giant Step to Get All LA Homeless Off Streets by December 2018

Councilman Mike Bonin took one giant step forward Tuesday with a motion – emergency response to homelessness he set forth for the City Council members to approve.  He wants emergency action taken to get all the homeless off the streets of Los Angeles by the end of this year.   Note this motion was coauthored with Marqueece Harris-Dawson, councilman of CD8.

Bonin said he wanted Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) to prepare within 14 days the framework for an Emergency Response to Homelessness Plan. He wants to know what steps and what funds would be required to get all the homeless off the streets of Los Angeles  by 31 December 2018.

He wants the Los Angeles Homeless Coordinator, with the assistance of the Chief Legislative Analyst and City Administrative Officer, and other departments and agencies as appropriate,  prepare within 14 days a comprehensive list of every public facility in the City of Los Angeles legally eligible to be used to provide shelter, temporary housing, or safe parking.

How many people and what percentage of Los Angeles’ homeless population are currently being provided shelter or housing, and what number and what percentage of our homeless population LAHSA aims to shelter or house by the end of the current fiscal year, and the next three years?  The report should include the number and types of shelter beds available during the past two fiscal years and during the current fiscal year.

What steps have been taken to replace barracks-style emergency shelters with low-barrier, 24-hour crisis housing and bridge housing beds that provide a genuine first step from the streets to long-term housing, as called for in Strategy 7A or the Comprehensive Homeless Strategy?  The report should include the number of beds, number of facilities, and percentage of the homeless population in Los Angeles being served.

This is a different tact than previously taken by the City. Before, it was you must put these people in permanent housing, you must build. The homeless populations is increasing.  It was stated recently that one billion had been expended but nothing has been built.

Yet another initiative for building, one City and many for County
Well, as this writer writes another initiative was made at the City Council and that was for each council district to provide 222 units built with HHH money by 1 July 2020 for a total of 3330 supporting housing units. If they are talking permanent supportive housing (PSH) that means the supply will be greater because usually only half the project is PSH with the rest being affordable housing.

The LA County board of supervisors passed a motion Tuesday to draft four ordinances to preserve and increase the number of affordable units.

Judge Carter in Orange County with innovative steps  forced the County to take action
Judge David O. Carter  of Orange County took the limelight with the Santa Ana encampments. Evictions were ordered for the homeless people and Carter initiated a temporary restraining order. He said movement had to be humane. Departments got together.  The results of the County and others has been quick and effective.

Since 14 February, 244 homeless have been moved to motels, according to Susan Price, the county homeless czar. Price said they were totally committed to those who wanted help. Yesterday, Judge Carter lifted the temporary restraining order.

The motel vouchers are for 30 days.  The county also gave those leaving the encampment with the vouchers, a $75 gift card for each of the four weeks to help with food and other necessities.

County officials also made 200 “recuperative” beds available for those with serious medical problems.

Comments (2)

  1. M. from Marina del Rey

    I applaud Mike Bonin for his efforts and his stand! The homeless do not have a lobby. I cannot relate whatsoever to the ‘not in my backyard’ movement in Venice. I have been lucky enough to live in one of the most desirable areas of LA with ocean view. It really pains me to drive by people who have to live on the sides of noisy, polluted streets. The homeless like every one else have the right to live in dignity with clean, modern bathroom facilities, showers, access to drinking water, storage areas, laundry facilities, a roof over their head etc. One of the richest cities in the world should find solutions to addressing the plight of their poor. Keep up the good work!

  2. Roger of Venice

    He took a giant step into what a pile of human shit.

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