Councilmember Huizar helped establish the City Council’s first committee on Homelessness and as chair of that committee co-authored and adopted the City’s first-ever Comprehensive Strategic Plan to Combat Homelessness. In its implementation, Councilmember Huizar co-authored Measure HHH, which will provide $1.2 billion over 10 years to build as many as 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. However, this is a long-term solution. We need more immediate action now!
Here’s what Councilmember Huizar is proposing:
- Provide Immediate Crisis Housing and Storage on Publicly Owned Land in Skid Row with Recovery Services that lead to Permanent Supportive Housing. We need a crisis-level, triage-like approach in Skid Row equal to the scale of the tragedy.
How You Can Help: Lobby to place this funding in fiscal year 2018-19 City budget. Estimate is about $20 million to house the 2,000 people that sleep on the street in Skid Row each night.
- Increase Department of Sanitation Encampment Clean-up Crews & Proportionate Service Based on Need. The City only has five cleanup crews Citywide assigned equally among 15 Council Districts. There’s a current backlog of over 5,800 requests, yet three Council Districts, including CD14, make up 60% of the backlog.
How You Can Help: Lobby to place this funding in fiscal year 2018-19 City budget. Cost is about $17 million to provide 13 additional crews Citywide.
- The State of California Should Broaden the Definition of “Gravely Disabled” to Step in & Provide Assistance to Those Who Cannot Care for Themselves. A third of those experiencing homelessness grapple with mental health issues and many can’t manage on their own. The designation will assist in getting them the medical assistance they need.
How You Can Help: Support state bills SB-1045 and AB-2156 and lobby State Legislature to pass them and Governor to sign.
- The State of California Must Build Additional Psychiatric Facilities to Assist Those Who Cannot Care for Themselves and Are Instead left Wandering Our Streets or in the Criminal Justice System. The State has failed to provide adequate psychiatric facilities and has dramatically defunded those that exist. If the definition of “gravely disabled” is changed, additional psychiatric facilities will be necessary.
How You Can Help: Lobby State Legislature for immediate funds to create new psychiatric facilities.