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Bill Rosendahl - Council District 11






Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Solving the Crisis of Homelessness

I have said many times that one of our greatest moral tests is how we address the crisis of homelessness in our city. I am glad that we are finally beginning to see some progress.

There are between 80,000 and 90,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, more than a third of them chronically homeless.

This morning, the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has approved a plan to spend $100 million to create five centers across the county that will provide temporary shelter and social services for homeless people. I applaud county officials for taking this action. It is a bold, positive and encouraging move.

Finding locations for such centers will be difficult. But I am committed to working with the County and with communities to locate these centers. Homelessness has many faces and requires many solutions, but certainly one solution is the construction of permanent housing with supportive social services.

We will report more progress on homelessness tomorrow. At 10:30 a.m., I will be at the Midnight Mission with a number of colleagues and homeless service providers as Bring LA. Home launches its 10-year campaign to end homelessness in Los Angeles. We'll have more on the press conference and the campaign to end homelessness on this website.



Blogger iSupportBill said...

What about having one of those centers in the county owned Marina Del Rey? There are several open lots there and introducing boating to the homeless might be just the thing to get them off the streets and into the water.

8:20 AM  
Blogger dgarzila said...

I was at the press conference at the MIdnight Mission Yesterday and I got to say I am impressed with the knowledge Bill Rosendahl dislayed on the issue of permanent supportive housing .

I mean he knows the difference between just housing first without including the onsite supportive services. You see ,what happened in skid row is that you have so much so called permanent supportive housing "with the on site supportive services " that truly do not have the full complement of these services . Because the residents in Skid row are or if we say this about our non profit providers , we are not listened to. We are considered not to know what we are talking about.

Whereas you guys over on the westside can make sure that if permanent supportive housing is built and even shelters the services are in place.
Steve Lopez was one of the many reporters that left out what happens when you have a harm reduction policy in your housing without the full complement of services , such as the psychiatrist , the nusrse to dispense medications , and the meetings in the house of AA and counseling. What happens?:

Skid Row

It won't happen in your neighborhods because you wont let it happen and you guys will actually have the ability to make sure these folks are helped.

I wish I was moving to the Beachb , count me in to go to MArina del Ray

12:08 PM  
Blogger dgarzila said...

also , many of the neighbors I have do not want the full gamut of supportive services , because of the things they continue to do.

So if you have the full gamut of on site supportive services , even if it is voluntary, they will not come . That is why if you guys build this type of housing with the full gamut of supportive services many who want to change and be stable and are able to be stable will come. The Trouble makers won't

I might try to sneak my way into one of those houses.

12:12 PM  

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