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San Clemente Does Simple Homeless Shelter with Tents and Passes Litmus Test of Ninth Circuit

What are other cities doing to provide shelter for the homeless? Here is a synopsis of what San Clemente has done … and it has passed the litmus test of going to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rather than building a homeless shelter or purchasing pallet shelters and installing them at a location near parks, schools, residences, restaurants, or other businesses, San Clemente provided a small parcel of City property in an industrial area.

They then enacted an ordinance, and issued an emergency declaration, This required all camping to occur at that site. They asked for reasonable requirements, such as registration and check-in protocols, prohibitions on weapons, drugs, alcohol, dangerous tools, fires, or loud music, quiet time enforced from 10pm to 7am. San Clemente later required proof of residency as well.  City provided basic tents and portable toilets but no electrical hookups.

People experiencing homelessness and their advocacy groups sued San Clemente. The judge determined that San Clemente’s conduct complied with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Martin v. City of Boise decision, and dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice.  Last month, the plaintiffs in that case abandoned their appeal to the Ninth Circuit, thus acknowledging that their legal challenge to San Clemente’s solution lacked merit.

The following links contain the San Clemente Ordinance and the Emergency Declaration.



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.

City Opens Emergency Shelters, Works with State, Federal to House Homeless, Priority to Seniors

Oakwood Recreation Center is to open to house those on the street. In addition bathrooms are being distributed to areas of homelessness. Fourth St got an ADA bathroom. Penmar Park has a hand washing station and a fresh water dispenser. It is assumed other facilities are forthcoming.

Third Ave maintains the two bathrooms and hand washing station along with the attendant from 7 am to 7 pm. Showers come twice a week. Third has the fresh water dispenser. Bulky items still prevail.

Only one tenter remains on Lincoln Blvd.

There was only one tenter at the Lincoln encampment that use to wrap from the front to the north side and be filled with tenters. When asked where everyone was, the one tenter said they had all gone to the shelter. It is assumed that is the Bridge Home shelter, which they all said they would not go to.

This from the Office of Councilman Mike Bonin as the City mobilizes to house the homeless,

As part of a continuing effort to halt the spread of the coronavirus, Mayor Eric Garcetti has ordered the use of 42 city facilities to temporarily house people experiencing homelessness. Five of those facilities are on the Westside.

The temporary shelter at the Westwood Recreation Center will open as soon as later today. In the coming days, shelters are expected to open at the Westchester Recreation Center, the Pacific Palisades Recreation Center, the Oakwood Recreation Center, and the Cheviot Hills Recreation Center. All of these sites are designated emergency centers used in the case of natural disasters, such as fires and earthquakes. Additionally, the emergency winter shelter at the West LA Armory will remain open until at least April 20.

These actions are happening while Governor Gavin Newsom works to implement a plan to house the unhoused in hotels and motels across the state. Under the plan, the state would lease the property and local counties would control the operations. According to the governor’s office, they have identified 950 sites in 53 counties.

Mayor Garcetti’s order to use city facilities is part of a broad and multi-faceted effort to protect the public health and prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. Public health officials have warned that people living on the streets are tremendously susceptible to contracting the virus, and have urged local governments to move people inside swiftly.

People designated by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as most vulnerable and most at-risk, especially people over 55 or suffering from other ailments, will have top priority for the available beds. Beds will be spaced more than 6 feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines. City departments will provide the beds, personal hygiene kits, and showers. Government agencies and nonprofits will provide meals. The facilities will provide rigorous health monitoring, be open 24 hours per day, provide storage, and have full-time staff, including social workers and security. LADOT will provide transportation to the shelters.

LAFD Emergency Medical Technicians and other street medicine providers are assigned to each new facility to screen clients upon intake, monitor the health of program participants on an ongoing basis, and escalate health concerns using established protocols to move clients to higher levels of care. If someone tests positive for COVID-19 in one of the new or existing shelter settings, they will be triaged into an isolation unit, where they would be treated by the healthcare system.

As federal, state, county and city governments respond to this widening crisis, information is changing rapidly. Some of the designated sites are subject to change. We will do our best to keep you updated with the latest information. For more information about the City of Los Angeles’ response to the novel coronavirus crisis, please visit https://corona-virus.la/.

Thank you for your partnership as we work together to get through this crisis.

Winter Shelters to Stay Open thru 18 March

Winter Shelters will stay open 24 hours until Wednesday, 18 March.

Los Angeles Armory Shelter Will Be Closed 20 – 23 February


The West Los Angeles Armory will be closed Thursday, February 20 through Sunday morning, February 23 due to National Guard drill dates.

Due to the closure, First to Serve, the organization that operates the West Los Angeles Armory site, will operate from Athens Park starting Thursday, February 20 at 5 p.m. until the morning of the Sunday, February 23.

The West Los Angeles Armory will re-open on Sunday, February 23 at 5 p.m.

View the Winter Shelter Program guide in English here (and Spanish here) for locations and transportation pick-up spots.

For more information, please call the Winter Shelter Hotline at 1-800-548-6047 (available 24 hours a day, seven days a week).

About the Winter Shelter Program: 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.

LAHSA is a joint powers authority of the city and county of Los Angeles, created in 1993 to address the problem 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 $400 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs providing shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.

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Augmented Shelters Open 24 Hours Now–Oakwood Rec, Westchester Senior Center

This is the Venice augmented shelter at Oakwood Recreation Center that opened Tuesday. Their facility will hold 100. Thanksgiving Day they had about five women and about eight men. They feed them and there is a TV at one end for them to watch. One lady said she had just come in from Las Vegas this weekend. This writer laughed and said “You made it just in time for the storm.” She laughed. Ali, a tall man, was unhappy because he didn’t have his kitty. He had come to California in July, had spent a year in Phoenix and was from the East Coast. There was really no press release in advance notifying people of the shelter. It is warm, one is fed, and the staff could not be more caring and courteous. If one is homeless, a staff like this is priceless.  Apparently, this is a joint effort of Recreation and Parks, LAHSA and City.

The following “augmented” shelters opened early. Oakwood Recreation Center opened Tuesday and will be open 24 hours until Saturday when it will close. Westchester Senior Center opened Wednesday and will be open 24 hours until Saturday when it will close.  Regular shelters throughout Los Angeles are open from 1 December to 31 March. These augmenting shelters are supplementing the regular shelters to keep people out of the rain and the cold. Also listed are augmented shelters throughout Los Angeles. Following that list is a list of the shelters throughout Los Angeles that are opening early and will remain open.

Other augmented Winter shelters.

There are also regular shelters that are opening early and will remain open for the season.

City Council Homeless Committee Approves MTA for Bridge Home; Goes Before City Council 11 Dec; CCC, 12 Dec



City Council Homeless committee members supported the MTA lot on Sunset between Pacific and Main for Bridge Housing last Wednesday along with places in Wilmington, San Pedro, Watts, and South Los Angeles. A full vote of the City Council members will be Tuesday, 11 December.

Homeless Committee member Councilman Mike Bonin agreed to exempt the MTA lot from a full California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). If approved by the City Council for a shelter, 11 December, the proposal will go before the California Coastal Commission (CCC), 12 December in Newport Beach, 100 Civic Center, Newport Beach, 92660

Executive Director John Ainsworth of CCC has provided exemption of the MTA lot for CEQA necessity because it is temporary. Four votes of the commissions will nullify the CEQA waiver.

Mark Ryavec, president of the Venice Stakeholders, does not agree that CEQA should be waived for the project based on noise and parking. The VSA plan is to present their case for a full CEQA report before the CCC and sue, if necessary, to obtain a CEQA report.

The following are comments Mark Ryavec has made regarding the decision not to have a CEQA.

Comments: I am writing to ask for an ex parte meeting to personally discuss the burden that the Bridge Housing project in Venice will pose for coastal resources, visitors and residents living nearby and request a full environmental review under a Coastal Development Permit application.

This project, the equivalent of a hotel for 154 people with dozens of support staff, including social workers, housing locators, teachers, security personnel, and kitchen and custodial staff, has only nine (9) parking spaces. Already there is no place for residents and visitors to park in this neighborhood, and this project will add an incredible parking demand. The city cannot exclude any applicants because they own a vehicle, so the project will inevitably bring even more vehicles (including campers and RVs) to an area that historically has little parking.

This project will also generate unacceptable noise for residents living as little at 50 feet away, at all hours of the day and night, with no mitigation, from outdoor dining areas, an outdoor kennel (with barking dogs) and the exterior HVAC equipment to heat and cool a huge 30 foot tall building that will house 100 people, along with HVAC equipment for other manufactured housing that will house another 54 people, not mention heating and cooling of many offices. The project also raises serious concerns about coastal pollution.

Encampments in Venice already leach human waste to the storm drain outfall at Rose Avenue, which has been documented by independent test results to contain high levels of e. coli bacteria. Each time new services have been added for the homeless in Venice, the population has grown, as has the resulting coastal pollution, from 400 people four years ago to approximately 1,000 today.

Instead of reducing the population it is likely that the Bridge Housing project will attract even more homeless to Venice. When they cannot be accommodated at the new facility they will camp out nearby, as they do now, for example, at the St. Joseph service center on Lincoln Boulevard. The city of Los Angeles has made no plans to mitigate parking demand, noise or the likely increase in coastal pollution.

Mark Ryavec, president, Venice Stakeholders Association, Founding Director, Board Secretary (1989 to 1999) and State Legislative Director (1999) at American Oceans Campaign, and Member, Board of Governors, Oceana (2005 to 2015)

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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.




City Council Declares Year-Round Shelter Crisis to Assist Those Living on the Street

(Los Angeles) April 19, 2017 – In an effort to help people forced to live on the street find shelter and assistance, the Los Angeles City Council today approved a shelter crisis declaration co-authored by Councilmember José Huizar and Councilmember Mike Bonin, allowing the city to open more shelter facilities to help get an estimated 28,000 homeless residents off the street.

Today’s unanimous vote is a key step in a series of responses to the homelessness crisis, led by Huizar, Bonin, and Marqueece Harris-Dawson. Councilmember Huizar’s Planning Committee recently recommended removing self-imposed City restrictions, including ordinance language that previously only allowed a shelter crisis in the City of Los Angeles to be declared during winter months and limited them to 120 days a year, among other restrictions.

“If a natural disaster put 28,000 people on the streets of Los Angeles, we wouldn’t hesitate to call it a shelter crisis and do everything possible to give people shelter,” said Bonin. “That is the same urgency with which we should be dealing with the homelessness crisis. This shelter crisis declaration will give the city the tools we need to offer people needed alternatives to resting their head on pavement every night.”

“While the recently adopted Measure HHH and the County’s Measure H offer a true sea change of hope in addressing homelessness in the long-term, with tens of thousands of people living on the streets of our City today, we are in the midst of a homelessness crisis of epic proportions. Today’s vote gives us the ability to act on that crisis in the short-term while giving hope, help and service to people who desperately need it.”

The City of Los Angeles currently has more than 28,000 people experiencing homelessness, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Of those, LAHSA estimates over 21,000 sleep unsheltered on any given night.