Neighborhoods FIRST: Clean Streets Clean Starts
Posted by Councilmember Englander on December 08, 2017 at 4:24 PM
Even before the launch of Neighborhoods FIRST throughout Council District 12, my office was looking for innovative ways to address the City's homelessness crisis. Last year, we launched a pilot project called "Clean Streets, Clean Starts" which was based on a simple idea to help individuals experiencing homelessness by involving them in the maintenance and improvement of our communities.
The first iteration of the program was comprised of 14 individuals who we enlisted to participate in community clean-ups while connecting them with job training, counseling, and other social support services. The results were life changing for the individuals involved and game changing for the City's fight against homelessness. Of the ten individuals who completed the program, five individuals achieved sobriety and all received job offers and housing.
Since then, the program has continued within Council District 12 and, over the course of four "classes" in the last year, Clean Streets, Clean Starts has positively impacted 50 people experiencing homelessness.
Now, just one year after the program began, this project is expanding to neighborhoods throughout the San Fernando Valley, bringing hope and services that not only help individuals, but entire communities.
Read more about the program in the Los Angeles Daily News.
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