Even as the COVID-19 pandemic is slashing tax revenue across the board, officials Tuesday unveiled an $800-million plan to house Los Angeles County’s homeless people who are most vulnerable to the disease.
When Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti rolled out his Bridge Home program, the temporary shelters were supposed to go up quickly throughout the city. But it all got bogged down in bureaucracy and higher-than-expected costs.
LA's annual homeless count, released Friday, shows that 66,433 people now live on the streets, in shelters and in vehicles within the county. That's up 12.7% from 2019. Within LA city limits, the number of people experiencing homelessness is 41,290, a 14.2% increase over last year.
In April, when Governor Newsom announced Project Roomkey — aimed at moving 15,000 homeless Californians into rented hotel rooms — it was lauded as a "win-win." Homeless people would get to come indoors, and hotels would get to recoup lost income from the collapse of the tourism industry.
The remodeled County facility has 40 beds for homeless single individuals living on the streets, focused on those around the post office as well as their pets. The facility provides the community and individuals the safety they need while case managers work to find them housing.
Los Angeles County to receive 30 travel trailers, as well as medical services tents, to assist individuals experiencing homelessness. LA County is the second local partner to receive these resources as part of the Governor’s executive order accelerating state action on homelessness
Janice Hahn: "My plan for a 40-bed, 3-year temporary emergency shelter at the empty County Health building at 122 W. 8th St. San Pedro was approved by the Board of Supervisors at Tuesday's meeting.... On Thursday night I headed to the Central San Pedro Neighborhood Council to tell them more about this plan. It received unanimous support from the council members."
Central SP NC board member James Preston Allen joins LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn with faith and business groups to support the 8th street shelter project that was proposed by the CeSPNC HOMELESSNESS COMMITTEE at the recent meeting. This resolution was unanimously approved on Jan. 14th
With the crisis on our streets, we need to get everyone into shelter as soon as we possibly can. That is why Janice Hahn has proposed a plan to use an empty County building at 8th and Beacon in downtown San Pedro as a temporary shelter for three years until they break ground on a long-term housing project at this site.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided against hearing an appeal of the landmark case City of Boise vs. Martin, letting stand a ruling that amounts to a broad curb on police powers in California and eight other states to stop people from sleeping on public property if no other shelter is available.