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Homelessness and Poverty

Homelessness is affecting every area of our City and as Chair of the Homelessness and Poverty Committee, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson is focusing his efforts on serving the most vulnerable members of our community. To combat this crisis, we need to create a citywide strategic plan to ameliorate the multitude of issues affecting our Angelenos living on the streets. We need to increase financial stability and job opportunities as well as provide better integration of services throughout the City and County to ensure people have the support they need to get back onto their feet. Our housing stock needs to grow considerably in all areas especially for the low and moderate income levels.

The County of Los Angeles includes 88 cities and unincorporated neighborhoods and provides the lionshare of supportive services to Angelenos. We are working closely with the County of Los Angeles to coordinate services and strategies to best serve our homeless population. Most importantly, our service providers are our advocates and front-line workers and house a wealth of knowledge on the issues and obstacles homeless people struggle with on a day to day basis. By strengthening our relationship with them as well as faith-based institutions and non-profits, we will be able to ensure a smart and cohesive regional approach to combatting homelessness.

Read the Homelessness in South Los Angeles position paper.