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Venice Is Over Concentrated with the Homeless; Ratio is One Homeless to 40 Venetians; Is Venice No 2 for Highest Ratio of Homeless-to-Residents in California?

On Sunset at 3rd.

By Sue Choi

If you are feeling like “it’s never been as bad as it is now” in Venice, what you are feeling is the concentration of the un-housed per resident. It is one very powerful reason we need to stop Bonin’s plan to bring all his homeless initiatives into Venice.

With a homeless population of 33 residents for each homeless person, Santa Cruz is only slightly worse off than Venice, which has 40 residents to each homeless. The national average is 476 residents to one homeless. Do you think cities like Portland or San Francisco are bad? They come in at 166 and 119.

Want a peek at where Bonin is taking us? Or perhaps we are already there. Look at this in-depth 2015 survey of the homeless people in Santa Cruz.


1. Is Santa Cruz your hometown? 61.6% NO

2. Were you homeless when you arrived in Santa Cruz? 68% YES

3. Do you have a diagnosed mental illness? 49% YES

4. Do you think Santa Cruz attracts homeless people? 75% YES

5. Follow up to prior question: Why? After climate, the top answer was BENEFITS AND RESOURCES.

Is this what we want in Venice? How much has already happened? Funding to increase supportive street living is turning Venice into a homeless industry town. Social media quickly identifies which towns tolerate rampant street living.

In this list of global homelessness, note that in SF, half refuse to live in shelters offered to them.


And it’s going to only get worse. SF is considering an option to ship the service resistant out of town.“Proposition Q is a controversial measure that would rid San Francisco of homeless encampments. If passed, the city would give residents of tent encampments 24 hours’ notice to relocate to a shelter or accept a bus ticket out of town. Law enforcement would be permitted to seize tents and other belongings.”

Bonin’s poorly considered plan to do more of what doesn’t work instead of seeking to change the approach to homelessness will attract the people who are least likely be helped. We all know this, yet Bonin insists that 3 new projects (all of them in Venice) will not impact our small community and will not attract more homeless. 

To make a difference, contact Bonin’s office and oppose his three proposed projects, PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT to do so if you are a new voice to this opposition. Documented communication of WIDESPREAD opposition is important.

Bonin’s office: 213-473-7011 and 310-575-8461




Homeless services need to be distributed across all communities. Like all public services (library, post offices, parks) EVERY neighborhood should have a suite of homeless services that aims to get them off the streets. EVERY neighborhood should have the responsibility to help a limited number of people in need, but also the right to serve the people who work hard to house themselves.

Instead of fixed storage, mobile storage and mobile showers is better outreach as more people can participate in this scalable option.

Instead of RV parking in residential neighborhoods, Safe Parking spaces distributed in small clusters should be designated and managed. This is also another opportunity for outreach as zero outreach happens to RV dwellers in residential streets.

Instead of massively expensive new housing, conversion of existing structures should be considered. At a rate of $400-500k per unit, new permanent supportive housing is unsustainable. Other options need to be on the table for permanent supportive housing.

When Bonin is voted out of office, we will have a better brain trust to tackle useful solutions, not more of the same. Until then, his homeless industry takeover plan must be stopped.