Homelessness affects every area of our City and Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson is focusing his efforts on serving the most vulnerable members of our community. To combat this crisis, we needed to better understand the historical context and factors that led us to this point. We created the Homelessness in South Los Angeles Position Paper to share our findings and help others understand these factors as we develop a citywide strategic plan to ameliorate the multitude of issues causing Angelenos to live on the streets. The first step is preventing homelessness by increasing financial stability and access to career opportunities. The Housing and Community Investment Department (HCIDLA) provides a variety of services for renters and home owners to prevent eviction and ensure safe and secure living environments. Specifically, HCIDLA funds and oversees social services and housing programs that assist low-income residents and individuals with special needs. Housing first approaches have proven to be the most effective strategy for helping residents living on the street because they provide supportive housing and end the trauma of homelessness. These facilities also serve as a platform to connect residents to services and improve their quality of life. Additionally, we need better integrated services throughout the City and County to ensure people experiencing homelessness access the support and resources necessary to get back onto their feet. Our housing stock needs to grow considerably in all areas especially for the low and moderate income levels. As a city, we need ways to expedite construction for shelters as well as new creative solutions to combat this crisis.
We work closely with the Mayor's office, Los Angeles County and nonprofits to coordinate services and strategies that best serve our homeless residents. Service providers possess a wealth of knowledge regarding 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 aim to provide a smart and cohesive approach to addressing homelessness that other cities and states can follow.
Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson authored Proposition HHH in 2016 which allocated $1.2 billion for the City to build tens of thousands of units of supportive housing that include services to address the needs of chronically homeless people. Many of these projects are beginning to break ground across Los Angeles and several are underway in our district. All of these supportive developments help build independent living and tenancy skills, provide mental health services, addiction treatment and employment services. Learn about HHH funded developments in City Council District 8.
A Bridge Home
People sleeping on the streets tonight can’t wait for new supportive housing to become available, but existing shelter beds in Los Angeles do not meet our growing need. Mayor Garcetti's Bridge Home Program gives homeless people in every neighborhood a home and support in the community they already know and love. A Bridge Home is a temporary housing facility constructed on city property and connects homeless residents to housing and support. The Bridge Home in City Council District 8 will house 100 residents and is the first in South LA. Learn about our Bridge Home on St. Andrews.
Every member of our community can help combat homelessness. Everyone In is a grassroots movement to end homelessness led by volunteers and supported by the United Way. This campaign was designed to keep Los Angeles on track by celebrating progress, pressuring government at every level to do more, and organizing neighbors to advocate for change. Every city, neighborhood, and every neighbor must do their part to ensure that residents who want to can come in from the streets. Join the Coalition to get Everyone In
Please call our office to report encampments or if you or someone you know is in need of housing assistance resources.