Homelessness2018-10-01T22:40:12+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.

‘We Can’t Design Strategy Based Off Of Litigation – WE NEED A REAL PLAN’

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.