The Los Angeles City Council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental Relations & Neighborhoods Committee voted 3-0 to recommend City staff draft language to ready two homeless housing and services ballot proposals for the Nov. 8, 2016 election.
The committee, which is Chaired by Council President Herb Wesson and includes Councilmembers Marqueece Harris-Dawson and José Huizar, voted to move forward with a $1.1 billion bond measure with a focus on housing for the homeless over 10 years, as well as a 10-year parcel tax, which would collect $80 million annually for homeless housing and related services. The two proposals will now go before the City Council next week for consideration.
Today’s action was responding to recommendations from the Homelessness & Poverty Committee, led by Harris-Dawson and Huizar, that the City move forward with creating proposed ballot measures to address homelessness. In order to qualify for the November 8, 2016 elections, the full City Council must vote to move the measures forward by July 21, 2016.
“The Homelessness & Poverty Committee was created by Council President Wesson, our Council colleagues and me to deal with the single biggest issue that we as a City face, and that is addressing the epidemic that is homelessness,” said Councilmember Huizar. “Today’s vote sends a clear and strong message to the residents of Los Angeles that the City of Los Angeles is serious about a course of action to address homelessness and that we will be looking for their assistance. I look forward to hearing this item in Council to get the input of all our Council colleagues.”
The City’s adopted Comprehensive Homeless Strategy estimated that at least $1.85 billion is needed to fund housing for the City's homeless residents, with $1.1 billion in construction funding needed to provide 10,000 units of supportive housing for people who are homeless in the City today.