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Venice Update

News of Venice, CA and Marina del Rey CA

Judge Carter Tries to Get Officials Moving on an Area So that Enforcement Can Begin

US District Judge David O. Carter has tried to get  those who sue the city on behalf of the homeless,  those business people who are suing the city,   the politicians who have had their say and opportunities to all get together and provide a plan by this Wednesday (20 May) to implement Friday just to house those living under the bypasses, near the freeways, etc. calling that area not healthy.  It came about when someone suggested using the Caltrans lot near 16th and Maple for homeless and then it was decided that was too close to the freeway to be healthy.  Wednesday there is to be a plan and implementation is to take place Friday.  See story.

Mayor Garcetti has claimed it is not a good idea because these people might go into the neighborhoods.  The CDC has said it might spread the flu to neighborhoods.   Why would they think these people do not go into the neighborhoods now?  One man from an anti-poverty group said he didn’t know how it could be enforced without the police.  Mark Ryavec said they go to the freeway underpasses because it provides some shelter.  LAHSA says they are concentrating on 65 and older.  Councilman Bonin wants to include Penmar Park.  The judge is trying to determine a group they can and should be helped so that enforcement can start.  If enforcement is not accomplished soon, Los Angeles could be caught in a larger fight for life caused by the utter lack of sanitation that is occurring.  Enforcement has to start somewhere.

The LA Times had a story that showed only about half the places leased are used and it looked like LA lagged behind other counties because of lack of preparing places and adequate staff.  See story.

 

 

 

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-05-20/homeless-freeway-relocate-court-order-coronavirus-los-angeles-judge-david-carter

LAHSA is now using motel/hotel sites

LAHA has reported they have 17 motel/hotel sites totaling 1349 beds for homeless and are serving 1141 people at the sites.

LAHSA Gives Covad Stats; Lists Shelter Resources; Americans Making Less Than $75K will Get $1200 Stimulus

As of today (18 April), Public Health has identified 11,391 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of LA County, and a total of 495 deaths. 39 people experiencing homelessness have been confirmed positive.

Below is an update on LAHSA’s efforts:

Shelter Expansion
Project Roomkey
As of this morning we have 10 Hotel/Motel sites online totaling 738 beds.
Today, we are expecting to activate another 100 beds across two sites.
This morning our Interim Executive Director, Heidi Marston, appeared on Airtalk to talk about Project Roomkey and the other efforts to protect LA County’s homeless population.

Resources, Policies, Staffing, Supplies, and Support
HUD will be creating a methodology to allocate at least $2 billion in federal ESG funding according to rates of unsheltered homelessness and COVID transmission risk. LAHSA drafted a letter along with LA County, LA City, and United Way suggesting a methodology to HUD that would meet LA’s unique needs.
Last month, Congress approved $1,200 stimulus rebate payments for most Americans earning under $75,000. LAHSA put together a fact sheet to help answer questions and give our service providers tools and information to assist the people we serve to obtain the money they are entitled to.

The U.S. Treasury and IRS have released additional information about Economic Impact Statements:
Working with the Treasury Department, the Internal Revenue Service unveiled the new Get My Payment with features to let taxpayers check on their Economic Impact Payment date and update direct deposit information.

The Internal Revenue Service, working in partnership with the Treasury Department and the Social Security Administration, announced today that recipients of Supplemental Security Income (SSI) will automatically receive automatic Economic Impact Payments.

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
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Marina del Rey               10              12

Venice                            975          1101

Playa Vista                      61              52

LAHSA Puts Out RFP for Safe Parking

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)announces the release of the 2019 Safe Parking Program Request for Proposals. Under this RFP, LAHSA seeks to fund Safe Parking services for all populations who are experiencing homelessness within Los Angeles County. The Safe Parking Program’s primary goal is to provide families or individuals who dwell in their vehicles with a safe and legal place to park and sleep at night and ensure participant linkage and access to supportive services and other resources via the Coordinated Entry System (CES).

LAHSA Report “Homeless Off LA Streets by Year End” Due Soon

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Part of encampment on Venice Blvd near Abbot Kinney.

Los Angeles Homeless Services Agency (LAHSA) should be handing in their report to the City Council Homeless and Poverty Committee showing how they plan to remove all homeless from the streets of Los Angeles by the end of 2018.

Councilman Mike Bonin, leap frogging all previous efforts by politicians to end homelessness in Los Angeles, requested that LAHSA, which manages the Measure H 355-million-dollar-per-year income, prepare a plan to get all homeless off the streets of Los Angeles by the end of December 2018.

His motion – emergency response to homelessness was passed by the City Council 27 March, 2018 and the two weeks would have commenced then. Two weeks from date of City Council approval is 10 April.

LAHSA is to present “the framework of an Emergency Response to Homelessness Plan, outlining what steps and funds would be required to provide an alternative to encampments for 100 percent of the Los Angeles homeless population by December 31, 2018.”

Bonin 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, to prepare 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.

Bonin wants to know 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?

Winter Shelters Opened Friday; Pickup Points Listed

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) announces the opening of the 2017-2018 Winter Shelter Program. Below is  a list of shelter locations and transportation schedules.

Date: Dec. 1, 2017 – Feb. 28, 2018
Select shelters may operate until March 31. Please call shelters directly to verify.

Time: 5:00PM – 7:00AM (times may vary)

Winter Shelter Hotline: 1-800-548-6047 (Mon-Fri, 8 am to 5 pm, except Holidays)

Storage Restrictions: Only 1 small bag per client

Winter shelters provide shelter, warmth, food and comfort to homeless individuals during the cold and wet weather season. In addition to temporary emergency shelter, each program location provides access to supportive services and housing assistance. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority coordinates the Winter Shelter Program in partnership with the California National Guard, the County of Los Angeles and the City of Los Angeles.

About the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA): The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) 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 over $243 million annually in federal, state, county and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing and services to homeless people.

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Venice Homeless Count Up 34 Percent; CD11 Count Up 8.4 Percent

The 2017 homeless count for Venice is 1191, an increase of 34 percent from the 2016 figure of 889. Homeless count for CD11 (Council District No 11) is 2791, an increase of 8.4 percent from 2016 figure of 2529. Figures are according to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) who did the homeless count

Breakdowns of the figures for the homeless in Venice, homeless by supervisory districts, council districts, SPA areas, and vehicle encampments will be provided later.

Darryl DuFay has come up with some interesting observations and some analytical interpretations.

By Darryl DuFay

POPULATION AND HOMELESS

1.  All of LA County – about 10 million          Homeless – 57,794

2.  All of LA City – about 4 million                  Homeless – 34.189

3.  Skid Row – about 10,000                            Homeless –   4,633

4.  Venice – about 42,000                                Homeless –   1,191

5.  Hollywood – about 88,000                        Homeless –   2,002

How fascinating, interesting the above figures are, and this is mixed with a lot of suspicion seeing that Skid Row, Venice and Hollywood were the ONLY communities singled out. This was not done last year.

Venice is one of the 10 communities that make up CD11.   Every wonder what percentage of the homeless in CD11 live in Venice?  

Answer: In 2016, 35% of the CD11 homeless lived in Venice.  In 2017, 43% of the CD11 homeless lived in Venice.  Based on the previous growth that percentage may be 50% in 2018.    With these figures in mind, realize that Venice makes up only 14% of the CD11 population.

LA Homeless in City, County Increases

Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Homeless count taken in January and released 31 May shows that homeless count in City and County are higher. Figures for communities, such as Venice, have not been released.

See LA Times article.

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.