Homelessness2019-02-05T19:05:28+00:00

COUNCILMEMBER HUIZAR HELPS ESTABLISH CITY’S HOMELESS POLICY, STRATEGIES, AND PROGRAM

As the City of Los Angeles grapples with the homeless crisis affecting many cities across the nation, Councilmember José Huizar has emerged as one of L.A.’s most proactive elected officials in pursuing creative solutions to address homelessness.

Working with Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson and the City Council, Mayor Eric Garcetti, and our non-profit partners like the United Way Home for Good program, Councilmember Huizar has initiated many of the City’s key strategies, plans, and programs aimed at ending Homelessness.

COUNCILMEMBER HUIZAR INITIATIVES TO ADDRESS HOMELESSNESS INCLUDE:

  • Councilmember Huizar helped establish the City’s first-ever committee on Homelessness.
  • As chair of that committee co-authored and adopted the City’s first ever Comprehensive Strategic Plan to Combat Homelessness.
  • Councilmember Huizar is one of the key architects and leaders in the campaign to adopt the voter-approved Measure HHH, which will provide $1.2 billion over 10 years to build 10,000 units of permanent supportive housing.
  • Created the City-County-Community (C3) comprehensive outreach program where Huizar worked with LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to bring mental health, medical, rehabilitative and housing experts to engage directly with people experiencing homelessness in Skid Row.
  • C3 program is today the model program for the entire LA County.

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Continuing with effort to implement the strategic plan, Huizar also led the effort, along with Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, to adopt the Permanent Supportive Housing ordinance and the Motel Conversion ordinance, both designed to provide homeless supportive and bridge housing quicker and at a lower cost.
As the City of Los Angeles partners with non-profit and business partners to build long-term supportive housing (PSH) through Measure HHH – which experts identify as the most effective housing to solve homelessness – Huizar and City officials are now setting their sights on emergency housing to assist tens of thousands of homeless Angelenos get into temporary or bridge housing with services to assist them. Nowhere is that more needed than in Skid Row, ground zero for homelessness in the entire nation.

Councilmember Huizar, Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley and Laura Trejo, Department of Aging GM, unveiled a new Homeless Help Desk at a previously unused Kiosk at the Los Angeles Civic Center near City Hall.  The Help Desk project is sponsored by Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Huizar.

The new homeless service hub will allow the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority to use the kiosk as a deployment station for outreach teams, where they and volunteers will serve the local community. The kiosk is intended to improve outreach and response times for homeless service in the Civic Center area in and around City Hall.

Councilmember Huizar is proud to host Homeless Connect Days across Council District 14. Homeless Connect Days are a one-stop shop connecting people experiencing homelessness with a number of organizations, many of whom are on the front lines of our fight against homelessness, giving people access to housing, mental health and hygiene services, employment programs and other service providers.

Councilmember Huizar joined Mayor Garcetti, other elected officials and John Maceri, Executive Director of The People Concern to open the City’s first “A Bridge Home” emergency, temporary shelter.

The City’s goal for this temporary shelter located at El Pueblo, the birthplace of Los Angeles, is to serve as a place of rebirth for people experiencing homelessness and put them on a path to recovery and long-term housing. This shelter offers immediate beds, showers, mental health services, restrooms, storage facilities, and pet accommodations while housing through Measure HHH, which Councilmember Huizar co-authored, is built.

Councilmember Huizar stepped up to sign on as the first Council Office of the 15 Council Districts to work with the Mayor on the new emergency housing plan. Huizar has called for an emergency plan to address Skid Row, the largest homeless encampment in the nation, and believes the City needs more temporary shelters in Downtown and throughout Los Angeles to get more people off of the streets. Opening the El Pueblo shelter is a big step forward, yet much more work lies ahead.

Councilmember Huizar announced that a vacant City-owned property on 4th Street in Boyle Heights will be transformed by Jovenes Inc. to house formerly homeless college students. One in five community college students in Los Angeles is reportedly experiencing homelessness, and the 2017 Homeless Count found a 64% increase in youth homelessness.

“Jovenes, Inc. is one of our premiere homeless service partners in Boyle Heights serving one of the most vulnerable populations imaginable – our youth,” said Councilmember Huizar. “It is imperative that the City assist them to give kids hope and a future that they might not have otherwise. Education is one of this country’s great equalizers, and this 4th Street location and the College Success Initiative is going to be a place of inspiration – where, with the excellent support services that Jovenes Inc. and its partners provide, youth have the opportunity to go to college, have a place to call home, and succeed.”

Councilmember Huizar and Mayor Garcetti opened TBailey Manor, a permanent supportive housing project in Glassell Park for people with developmental disabilities as well as formerly homeless individuals, including veterans. On-site supportive services will be provided by Housing Works California, Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center and Women Organizing Resources Knowledge Services.