City of Los Angeles to Declare "State of Emergency" on Homelessness
Posted by Councilmember Englander on September 25, 2015 at 12:00 PM
This week, the Los Angeles City Council announced a plan to declare a “State of Emergency” on homelessness in the City of Los Angeles. With more than 25,000 people homeless in Los Angeles, and approximately 19,000 families and individuals continually going without shelter, our City has an unprecedented homelessness crisis and a lack of emergency shelter.
By declaring a “State of Emergency,” the City of Los Angeles will be able to research long term solutions and the possibility of fast tracking building permits, entitlements, and environmental reviews for affordable housing projects. The City of Los Angeles may further have the ability to provide immediate and short-term shelter by utilizing city-owned property and facilities for emergency shelters, safe havens, and safe parking programs and expedite the authorization for non-profit organizations and faith institutions to provide shelter and safe parking.
I want to commend Mayor Eric Garcetti and my colleagues, Councilmembers Mike Bonin, Gilbert Cedillo and Paul Krekorian for their continued partnership on this issue.
-Mitchell Englander, Councilmember Twelfth District