Advancing and Improving How Los Angeles Addresses Homelessness
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 25, 2017 at 10:57 AM
This week I joined my colleagues on the City Council to submit a package of motions designed to transform how the City of Los Angeles addresses issues related to the homelessness crisis.
Homelessness in the City of Los Angeles has been a growing issue for years. I launched the Neighborhoods FIRST initiative in response as mission critical for my office. The voters of Los Angeles have made it clear that they expect more than simply managing homelessness, they want it solved. If we are going to find a solution to the primary issue impacting safety and livability in our neighborhoods, we need to make full use of every tool available. This legislative package takes a comprehensive look at current rules and methods so that we can maximize their efficacy and improve quality of life for all of our City’s residents.
The first motion, co-presented with Hollywood Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell, would formalize the HOPE Team as a permanent function of the LAPD. The HOPE Team, or Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement unit, is often the first and primary point of contact between unsheltered individuals and the City. Their service and experience are an irreplaceable asset as we seek to understand the best methods and means to address the homelessness crisis.
The second motion, co-presented with Harbor area Councilmember Joe Buscaino, asks for current HOPE team members to report to Council on their experiences regarding the application and enforcement of LAMC 56.11 which regulates the placement of personal belongings in the public right of way.
The third motion, co-presented with East Valley Councilmember Monica Rodriguez, asks for current HOPE team members to report to Council on their experiences regarding the application and enforcement of LAMC 85.02 which regulates dwelling in personal vehicles on public streets.
The fourth motion, co-presented with Southwest Valley Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, asks LADOT and the City Attorney to report back on the adoption of rules and regulations concerning the use of Recreational Vehicles (RVs) on public streets. Specifically, the motion seeks a report on processes for permitting, restricting, or banning their use on public streets based on ordinances adopted by neighboring municipalities.
Taken together, these motions have the potential to significantly strengthen our ability to respond to issues arising from homelessness and help those in need of assistance access services.