Launching the Neighborhoods FIRST Initiative
Posted by Councilmember Englander on August 04, 2017 at 1:09 PM
This week I launched a new initiative for our district, specifically aimed to address the primary issue affecting safety and livability in CD12 today: the rise in homelessness.
This is an issue affecting every corner of Los Angeles and we've been developing programs around it for a while. Thus far, my office has helped find funding, without resorting to taxpayer dollars, to establish and build the first shelter in the district for homeless families at the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission. We launched the 250LA project in partnership with the SFV Rescue Mission which seeks to shelter an additional 250 homeless children and their families through commitments of monthly donations by local small businesses. We’ve acquired a second Mobile Shower unit to provide dignity and resources directly to the homeless community to serve as a key point of contact to developing relationship and getting those in need to accept help. We created Clean Streets Clean Starts in partnership with the SFV Rescue Mission, the Northridge South Neighborhood Council, and Northridge Sparkle to enlist homeless volunteers in a community beautification effort while helping to eliminate their impediments to obtain housing and full-time employment. The program was awarded with the Clean Streets "Game Changer" award by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
The Neighborhoods FIRST Initiative, or Fully Integrated Resources and Support Team, is a comprehensive program that will focus specifically on CD12. My office will have a full-time staff member devoted to addressing issues of homelessness. The first task will be assessing and mapping all of the homeless hot spots, potential funding sources, advocacy groups, and volunteer networks active in the area.
The initiative will help coordinate action to tackle problems by marshaling the resources identified and developing plans of action to address the issues. We will also look to pilot untested ideas working with leading policy makers in this space.
My main goal is to stop managing the problem and start fixing it. There will be measurable goals and metrics and we are seeking the involvement of every community member. We are looking not only at what and where problems exist but also for partnerships in developing workable solutions.
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