We began 2019 focusing on our City’s most pressing issue, homelessness. Studies have shown that people who fall into homelessness tend to remain in the neighborhoods they grew up in or were living in. Our actions in January seek to provide temporary housing where people experiencing homelessness are, obtain an accurate count of homelessness in CD14 and assist area partners in helping those experiencing homelessness.
This month, in Skid Row, we approved 220 supportive housing units for people experiencing homelessness, and 55 units for very-low-income affordable housing. I also partnered with the Mayor’s Office and the County to move forward with a plan to create the City’s third Bridge Home emergency shelter site in Downtown (the city’s pilot location at El Pueblo is also in CD14). And I introduced motions seeking additional locations for temporary, emergency housing and services. While supportive housing is being built through Measure HHH, which I co-authored, it’s imperative that we give people sleeping on the streets immediate shelter and services.
This month, thousands joined the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) on their annual homeless count. My office hosted walks across CD14 for this event. The annual count is an important, volunteer-driven event gathering info on people experiencing homelessness and directing resources to those who need it most.
The goal of our Northeast LA blanket drive, held in January, is to assist Recycled Resources with supplies to assist our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Recycled Resources is an all-volunteer organization that does outreach to all of Northeast LA and helps connect those experiencing homelessness with services. Thanks to all who donated and made this year’s drive a success.
The Arroyo Seco Bike Path is a two-mile trail that connects Pasadena to the City of Los Angeles’ border. The City’s bike path is a short distance from connecting to Pasadena’s trail. I introduced a motion earlier this month to link the two paths, allowing for greater connectivity in the area.
Council District 14 is home to several landmarks, monuments and interesting sights. My office worked with the Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock to create a coloring book for CD14 children highlighting some of our favorite locations. Stop by any CD14 Field Office to pick up your copy!
IN TODAY’S LETTER:
- City-County Joint Effort to Add Emergency Housing Moves Forward
- Council Approves HHH-Funded Housing and Plan to Examine Four Downtown Los Angeles Sites as Emergency Bridge Housing and Services
- Huizar Aims To Complete Arroyo Seco Bike Path
- 2019 Homeless Count
- Northeast LA Blanket Drive
- CD14 Coloring Books Available
- CD14 Pics
City-County Joint Effort to Add Emergency Housing Moves Forward
In a joint City-County effort to further address homelessness in Downtown Los Angeles, Councilmember José Huizar introduced a motion on January 30 calling for a property lease to be finalized that will allow for approximately 115 emergency shelter beds with services at 1426 Paloma Street in Council District 14.
Emergency funding for the lease is available from the state and will be allocated through the Mayor’s “A Bridge Home” program. Mayor Garcetti and Councilmember Huizar successfully opened the pilot Bridge Home site in September at El Pueblo, also in Downtown Los Angeles. The Paloma Street location would likely be the third A Bridge Home facility to open in the City and the second in Council District 14.
“We have an obligation to help those living on our streets and while supportive housing through Measure HHH is our long-term goal, we need to offer hope now to people and emergency housing with supportive services is definitely a step in the right direction,” said Councilmember Huizar.
Council Approves HHH-Funded Housing and Plan to Examine Four Downtown Los Angeles Sites as Emergency Bridge Housing and Services
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved motions by Councilmember Huizar to move forward with examining four sites for emergency bridge housing and services for Downtown Los Angeles and Skid Row’s unsheltered homeless population. The action comes from a motion introduced by Councilmember Huizar in November.
The City Council also approved entitlements for The Weingart Center to build more long-term housing at its location in Skid Row. The project is partially funded by Measure HHH, which Councilmember Huizar co-authored. It will reach 18 stories and include 278 apartments: 220 supportive housing units for people experiencing homelessness, 55 units set aside for very-low-income affordable housing and three manager units.
“Our recent actions in Council reaffirm our commitment to getting people off the streets and into housing and supportive services,” said Councilmember Huizar. “I’ve often said Skid Row needs a triage-like approach to respond to this humanitarian crisis. Approving the Weingart tower entitlements and examining four additional sites for housing and services is a great step toward housing some of our most vulnerable Angelenos and breaking the cycle of despair in Skid Row.”
Huizar Aims To Complete Arroyo Seco Bike Path
The Arroyo Seco Bike Path runs approximately two miles from the Los Angeles River into Northeast LA, offering views of the Los Angeles skyline and the mountains. In October, South Pasadena opened the Arroyo Seco Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail, connecting two of Pasadena’s bicycle paths and ending at the city border, a short distance from the Arroyo Seco Bike Path in Los Angeles.
This month, Councilmember Huizar introduced a motion to close the gap between the bike path in Los Angeles and that in South Pasadena. The motion would instruct the City’s Department of Transportation to develop a plan for the segment and connect the entire route along the Arroyo Seco in Northeast LA.
2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count
Thanks to all who came out to the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, including our CD14 walkers in Downtown LA, Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Northeast LA. The annual count is an important, volunteer-driven event gathering info on people experiencing homelessness and directing resources to those who need it most.
As the City grapples with the homeless crisis affecting many cities across the nation, Councilmember Huizar has emerged as one of L.A.’s most proactive elected officials in pursuing creative solutions to address homelessness, including co-authoring Measure HHH. He, and all our CD14 staff, thank all our volunteers.
Northeast LA Blanket Drive Big Success
Councilmember Huizar’s annual Northeast LA blanket drive was a big success. All donations will benefit Recycled Resources, an all-volunteer organization that assists those experiencing homelessness in Northeast Los Angeles.
This Sleeping Bag Drive is another way Councilmember Huizar’s Northeast LA office and community can assist our area partner in providing services for those experiencing homelessness.
CD14 Coloring Books Available
A big thank you to local artist Bryant Argueta for completing a fantastic coloring book for Team Huizar and the kids of Council District 14! It has all our favorite locations from the namesake of Eagle Rock, the downtown LA skyline, Olvera Street, Mariachi Plaza, Ascot Hills and more! A big thanks also to the Eagle Rock Center for the Arts for their support.
Pick up a copy for your kids at any CD14 field office.