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2019 Homeless Count Shows Venice Up 13 Percent; CD11 Up 12 Percent; Shows Venice Has Almost 50 Percent of CD11 Homeless

2019 LAHSA Homeless Count for Venice

(20 June 2019) The LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) 2019 homeless count for Venice is 1101, an increase of 13 percent; homeless count for CD11 is 2284, an increase of  12 percent.  Further comparison of the figures shows that Venice has almost 50 percent of the CD11 homeless.

The 2018 homeless count for Venice was 975 and the 2018 homeless count for CD11 was 2041.

There is a discrepancy in the individual count of communities which comes to 2102 in comparison with CD11 which shows 2284, a difference of 182.

As figures change or information becomes clearer, this story gets changed.

There is also a discrepancy for 2018.  There are 30 more in the individual count than in the total provided. Once again these figures are subject to change.

These are the communities that comprised CD11 in 2018 with their numbers and the coinciding numbers for 2019.  First column is 2018 and second column is 2019.

Pacific Palisades           108             82

Mar Vista                       134            159

Del Rey                           211            107

Brentwood                      60              19

West LA /Sawlelle       178           262

Westchester/Playa      334           308
del Rey

Marina del Rey               10              12

Venice                            975          1101

Playa Vista                      61              52

2019 Homeless Count is Out

Quick figures for the 2019 Homeless Count show that the LA County has increased 12 percent and the City has increased 16 percent. Count for Venice is not available yet.


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.

Homeless in Venice — Life is Good!

Man sleeps comfortably in his hammock between two trees on private property at the Thatcher Yard.

Note: Statistics for homeless in Venice show that  90 to 95 percent of homeless are transient and 75 percent have substance abuse problems according to a former Pacific Division police captain and the LAPD Homeless Task Force originators Steve and Regina Weller.

Free food at Bed and Roses on Rose Ave; free medical at the Family Clinic; free showers and clothes at St.Joseph on Lincoln. Free showers at Rose beach parking lot and 3rd Ave once a week. Free all night toilet facilities at Rose and Horizon beach toilets. Free needles at Family Clinic.

Drugs and alcohol are not free but are accessible.

… and that Venice beach weather that Venetians pay a lot of money to enjoy. Who wouldn’t want a piece of that action?

… and no mom or pop with the rules. You can throw your trash on the street. (Free cleanup.) Police won’t bother you other than insist that you put your tent down and provide ADA compliance. You can drug and drink yourself to death.

… and the social services will help get you on public assistance. If you are clever, perhaps an SSI disability.

… and you can’t discount the camaraderie of people in the same boat. Party at night and sleep on the beach during the day. You can always move to another area when the crowd gets boring or home beckons.

… and now the possibility of housing nearby without having to give up the addiction.

Life is good!

LAWA Answers City and LA Times About Using Northside Runway Land for Homeless

In a memo addressed to all the LA City Council members, Legislative Representative Glenda Silva Pantoja for the Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) said the land Jim Murez, Venice activist, spoke of for the LA Times article could not be used for homeless purposes as proposed because the land is prohibited by the FAA to be used for residential use. It is considered a noise buffer between LAX and the community.

The LA Times had an article about Jim Murez, Venice activist and member of the Venice Neighborhood Council, and his proposal to use the 340 acres next to the LAX north runway for homeless … a large bridge home so to speak. The Venice Update had an article of this nature in August 2016. The late Councilman Bill Rosendahl and Councilman Mike Bonin have both tried to use this land for the homeless.

Jim Murez in the Venice Update article did recognize that the LAX land in question was restricted but offered the land at Lincoln and Manchester Blvd, which is used as a park and the council office for the westside area.

The question arises: Are there other lands owned by the City that could provide a large area for temporarily housing the homeless and moving them into permanent housing. It would seem that this would be a City solution for sanitation and public livability and safety.   During the war, this country did not hesitate to move Japanese-Americans to areas away from the City.  Dr Kenneth Wright, who is again running for US congress, recommended using closed army bases, federal land. The resources used for individual encampments throughout the City seems to be financially not feasible and results are not forthcoming.   The endangerment to the public health and safety is an ever increasing concern.

The following is the memo addressed to all the City Council members and explains in detail why the City cannot use the land to provide for the homeless.

Venice Carries the Burden of the Homeless for CD11

By Darryl DuFay

LAHSA, after many requests, has submitted the Data Summery of homeless within each Council District 11 (CD11) community.  This was reported in the Update in June but this is the latest official count.

This summary allows Venetians, and perhaps the politicians, to see the impact of the homeless that is burdening Venice in comparison with other communities. Figures show that Venice has 47 percent of CD11 homeless. Is not Venice’s 3 square mile community, the smallest community within CD11 which makes the impact even more.  Somehow, the smallest area with the largest homeless count does not appear equitable.

Below are the homeless figures within each  community and that numbers’ percentage of CD11 homeless.

Venice Homeless Count for Year Changes to 10 Percent Increase from 13 Percent; Other Breakdown Categories Available

The latest LAHSA figure for 2019 Venice homeless is 1075, a 10 percent increase from last year. It was reported in June to be 1101 for Venice which gave Venice a 13 percent increase. The increase for CD11 remains the same at 2284. Also a breakdown for types of disabilities and other categories became available.

The Venice Update had an article in June of last year that gave the numbers for other areas in CD11 but the breakdown for Venice categories for homeless was not available at that time.

By Darryl DuFay

Having a Council District 11 (CD11) and Venice summary of categories allows one to see the types of homeless in Venice in comparison with all of CD11. Below is a breakdown for some of the major categories and shows the Venice percentage of CD11.

Total Homeless Population.

CD11 2,284
Venice 1,075 47%

Transition Age Youth (TAY) 18 – 24

CD11 202
Venice 141 70%

Serious Mental Illness *

CD11 654
Venice 302 46%

Substance Use Disorder *

CD11 296
Venice 177 60%

Physical Disability *

CD11 442
Venice 208 47%

Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence

CD11 1,182
Venice 511 43%

* Health/Disability indicators are not mutually exclusive (a person may report more than one). These figures are only for 18 years and over.

Councilman Bonin Proposes More Solutions to Homelessness

From Council Office, 2 October 2019 — Continuing to push the City for faster and nimbler solutions to the homelessness crisis, Councilmember Mike Bonin today proposed expanding two programs that have been successful at quickly housing people living on the streets.

In legislation submitted today, Bonin urged the City to expand “master leasing” programs that use existing rental units to house people experiencing homelessness and to ramp up the “Encampment to Homes” project, which created a clear and focused pathway from street encampments to stable housing. The push builds on Bonin’s continued call for expanded use of shared housing, which houses multiple people as roommates in a single home.

“The pathways into homelessness are big, varied, and fast-moving. But the pathways out of homelessness are few, narrow, and move far too slowly,” said Bonin. “We need to break the mold and embrace quicker, less expensive solutions or homelessness will continue to increase, encampments will continue to proliferate in our neighborhoods, and people will continue to die.”

One of Bonin’s motions urged the city to invest, as the County of Los Angeles has done, in master leasing, or a “flexible housing subsidy pool,” in which a government agency or social service agency rents available, existing housing units and makes them available to agencies providing housing to people experiencing homelessness. The county program has housed more than 7,000 people since 2014. Bonin also called for the city to explore whether it can require or incentivize that housing units covenanted for low-income residents be used as resources for a master leasing program, creating an available supply of housing units for agencies seeking placements for people experiencing homelessness.

In an additional motion, Bonin asked for an expansion of the “Encampments to Homes” project. The project, piloted in South LA last year, brought together various agencies to focus intensively on selected encampments and match them with housing resources. The project, profiled last month by the Los Angeles Times, housed 106 people, nearly 93% of those who moved into a permanent unit remain successfully housed.

Previously, Bonin has led the push for shared housing, and has led efforts to invest in programs like the Share! The Self Help and Recovery Exchange, where homeless people live together as a group, often in a single-family home, sharing a bedroom with a roommate.

Read the legislation Bonin submitted today at https://11thdistrict.com/news/bonin-proposes-series-of-innovative-solutions-to-homelessness/.

Governor Newsom Signs Bills to Exempt “Homeless” Projects from CEQA

By Eva Greene

Governor Gavin Newsom signs bills to exempt “homeless” type projects from California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

CEQA was passed in 1970 to protect neighborhoods from the environmental impacts of proposed projects; CEQA has also been said to be the means to delay and kill a project.

Councilman Bonin Wednesday (2 October) put forth a motion asking for a report on the impacts created by AB 1197, SB 450 and SB 744 and directing the Chief Legislative Analyst and City Attorney to report on any ordinance revisions or citywide process changes necessary to comply with the authority granted to them by the new laws.

These are the CEQA exempt bills signed by the Governor:

AB 1197 (Santiago) – This bill provides a CEQA exemption for supportive housing and shelters in the City of Los Angeles. This bill can be applied immediately upon the governor’s signature.
“An act to add and repeal Section 21080.27 of the Public Resources Code, relating to environmental quality, and declaring the urgency thereof, to take effect immediately.”

SB 744 (Caballero) – This bill provides a CEQA exemption for supportive housing and No Place Like Home projects. This is the Prop 2 funding for the severely mentally ill which the VCHC is using for funding their PSH. This bill would provide that a policy to approve as a use by right a development with a limit higher than 50 units, as described above, is not a project for purposes of CEQA.

SB 450 – This bill would, until January 1, 2025, exempt from CEQA projects related to the conversion of a structure with a certificate of occupancy as a motel, hotel, residential hotel, or hostel to supportive or transitional housing, as defined, that meet certain conditions. Because the lead agency would be required to determine the applicability of this exemption, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Link to homeless bills signed by gov. 9 26 19

Building Off Historic Investment & Action to Help Cities and Counties Tackle Homelessness, Governor Newsom Signs Series of Bills Addressing Homelessness 

Venice has 49% of CD11 Unsheltered; Count Shows Drop in Sheltered and Increase in Unsheltered

By Darryl DuFay

(23 June 2019) This is about the latest Homeless Street Count for Venice and Council District 11. Venice is one of ten CD11 communities.  The Homeless Count number consists of Sheltered and Unsheltered homeless.  The numbers should be shown separately.

The 2019 Count showed a DROP in sheltered and INCREASE in unsheltered homelessness.  The resulting percentages are startling especially for Venice

                       Sheltered              Unsheltered   
2018                             121                          854
2019                              10                       1,091
                A decrease of  92%         An increase of 22%
CD 11
2018                     141                            1,900
2019                      60                            2,224
               A decrease of 42%         An increase of 15%

IMPACT on Venice
Venice has 49 percent of the UNSHELTERED Homeless in all the ten communities of CD11.

Here is a tally of Venice’s Unsheltered Persons and their locations:

1.  The LAHSA Count numbers only tabulated three types of Shelters: Emergency Shelters, Transitional Housing, and Safe Havens.  They are supposed to physically visit these locations.

2. What is missing in the Annual Count homeless summary is the existing and planned concentration and impact of City of LA “HHH” homeless projects including “Bridge Housing,” and private investment homeless housing.