NEIGHBORHOODS FIRST: AN ALL HANDS ON DECK APPROACH
Posted by Councilmember Englander on January 12, 2018 at 4:35 PM
Neighborhoods FIRST has been the primary focus of my office in recent months. In addition to assigning a veteran staffer as full-time director for the program, I've also hired two LAPD trainees to form a rapid response team that will handle service requests within the district.
In addition to new staff, I've redirected my own office's resources to pay overtime for Sanitation, LAPD HOPE, and parking enforcement crews so that public health and safety of our streets is maintained. Since the start of this program, hundreds of unsafe vehicles have been removed from our streets, encampment cleanups have increased by 500%, and we're beginning to see cases of unsheltered individuals who have historically been reluctant to accept care do so for the first time.
I have personally participated in dozens of encampment cleanups alongside our LAPD HOPE and Sanitation crews; this in addition to meeting with multiple homeless service providers, religious organizations, and mental health professionals who work with homeless and at-risk populations. These experiences have taught me that while the issue of homelessness remains a crisis in neighborhoods throughout our city, we must remain determined and persistent in addressing it.
There are too many lives and communities at stake to simply wish this problem away. Rather I encourage you to find ways you might get involved and become part of the solution. As for my part, I plan to rededicate and redouble my office's efforts so that at the end of this year, we can point to 2018 as the year we began to turn the tide in the fight against homelessness in our communities.
Taking the 222 Pledge with Council Colleagues
March 23, 2018
Securing Our City Before the Next Earthquake
March 23, 2018