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First Homeless Committee Meet Brings Up Many Issues


Left to right are William Hawkins, chair of the former Homeless Committee, Frank Murphy, co-chair, Charles Rials, co-chair, and Elizabeth Wright. Not present were Michael Kaplan and Brian Ulf.

The newly formed Homeless Committee of the Venice Neighborhood Council met 14 November, Thursday night at the Extra Space Storage on Venice Blvd for the first time to a standing-room audience.

Frank Murphy started the meeting by reading the committee mission statement, which is: Homeless Committee shall analyze and address the various sides of homelessness and its effects on the Venice community. Using experience, understanding and inclusive resolutions, it will work closely with service providers, local government, enforcement agencies and most importantly Venice stakeholders, to help propose solutions that will address everyone’s needs.

That set the pace and people started bring up issues that they wanted clarification on. It was decided that the person in charge of the count with the LAHSA annual homeless count would be invited to explain the count. It was decided they should consider the motion put forth by the City Council’s Homeless and Poverty committee regarding restricting homeless from schools and parks. An effort in Venice is now requesting that in addition to the motion put forth that homeless be restricted from residential areas within 300 feet.  People wanted to know the homeless services and shelters available.

Many issues were brought up that were new and issues that one was looking for qualification or clarification. One lady had three people interested in housing but did not know how to proceed. Rick Swinger brought up the fact that the Venice Family Clinic was dispensing needles without exchanging for the used needles. One person mentioned that he thought things had gotten out of control and that the Federal government should be considered.

Comments (12)

  1. Rick Swinger

    When you actually see the needle count here in Venice or you live right across the street from 3rd Ave encampment you will discover that this is way more of a drug and mental health issue than a housing issue. Especially when you factor in roommates into the mix and the increase in Min wage. Yes its still expensive by the beach but nothing that a few friends living together can’t handle. Hell back in the 80’s I had 4 roommates and we all save money! Yes I get by with a little help from my friends…

    • Renters Alliance Of Los Angeles

      Keep telling yourself that Rick if it makes you feel better. But the fact remains that in a big city like L.A. where the median income is 53,000 a year but you have to make 80,000 a year to afford an apartment anywhere within the city limits that it is these ridiculously high rents that are forcing most Angelenos into homelessness.

      • Rick Swinger

        Relax! Just get a roommate or two in a larger unit and the price becomes alot more affordable. Use math and not emotions and you will feel better and do better. Sharing a kitchen with roommates also cuts down food costs and waste. Hell you might even get to carpool to work together and create a better greener environment for everybody!

        • Renters Alliance Of Los Angeles

          You must be a landlord Rick because affordability isn’t the issue. The issue is you landlords are all getting filthy rich off the prices you’re charging. And we renters are all getting robbed. And sure it might be cheaper if you have roommates but now you’re not only getting robbed by your thief of a landlord but you’re living in cramped quarters on top of it.

          • Rick Swinger

            Thats not true when you rent a large two bedroom and your rent is almost half plus the added benefit of sharing groceries and carpooling. Plus when you share rent electric, gas, internet and cable is halved. Its sounds like you are the one that is selfish. Sharing is good for the environment too.

      • Guess who

        How hard is it to comprehend, specifically of my appartment, VCH corp, VENICE COMMUNITY HOUSING Corp, reicives 1136 for my unit. It’s a tiny bacholar others go up to 1800 a month. I pay 47 plus elcetric… that’s my landlord contract. They also for others, kind of stumbled paper work so not me are registered additionally to case management specifically tailored to clients and get that funding for that client… st Jo’s has contractually bound to the clients they bring so case management get paid for that plus your mental health etc from there…
        They are classified as non profit properties and pay little tax… oh and so these same apartments at market price cause who ones them status wise…
        Yeah
        No rent stabilization rights… tenants rights get met my and really none existant.

    • Philth is dragging them down to fight at his level.. watch out.. fast and sharp

      Public annual fiscal for VCH & St Joey https://imgur.com/gallery/eymsjJ6

  2. Yeah that

    Renters are retarded that think this way… homeowners are the only source of tax generation coning from dist11… did you know that these non profits who receive FULL FAIR MARKET VALUE HOUSING YOU SAME RENTERS WPULD CASH PAY SUBSIDISED AND BECAUSE NON PROFIT STATUS WE AS TENANTS LOOKS RSO RIGHTS? HOW ABOUT THE FACT MY 13 UNIT MIXXED USE WITH 2 ILLEGALLY OCCUPID AND KNOWN PRIME RETAIL ZONED LOCATIONS ON LINCOLN GEMERATES $875 ANNUAL IN TAXES FOR THE CITY… DO YOU KNOW WHAT THE AVARAGR HOME OWNERS ANUAL IS…
    SHAME ON YOU.. ENTITLEMEMT IS A BITCH AIN’T IT.
    Your guaranteed only one thing at birth…
    Death..
    Life’s terminal who coddled you till you were useless.

    • Renters Alliance Of Los Angeles

      Thanks for proving my point. Homeowners live in a completely different world than renters. And whatever inconveniences they’re experiencing from the homeless is trivial compared to the hell renters go through when they get priced out of their apartments by greedy landlords and end up homeless on the sidewalks.

      • Dirty nothing

        Venice Community Housing Corp that is my landlord of sorts….actually revives full fair market value for the units as subsidised rent.. my portion is $47 a month plus electric.
        You can bet when the units are first inspected to check condition mine has nice new alliances all new paint and even some new granite.. mine was result of rebuild from arson of last tenant but regaurdless… you are wrong… it’s the private non profits that get to build what nice fortified encampments and hide the real threats drugs and danger to shelter and nurture issues because yup they are getting the support to use the same apartments as far as the city of Los Angeles is concerend… by claim status of homeless served etc and case management they also get tons of funding because we are the issue…
        You are incorrect about where apartments went and are going.

  3. Renters Alliance of Los Angeles

    People who own houses should all recuse themselves from any discussions regarding the homeless. The only people who are actually qualified to understand this issue are renters since we are the ones who are being thrown out into the streets in ever increasing numbers by the greedy landlords here in L.A.

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