Neighborhoods FIRST: Seeing Progress
Posted by Councilmember Englander on November 10, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Neighborhoods FIRST is the result of many months of coordination and planning from my office to alleviate the negative impacts of homelessness in our community. In recent weeks we have begun to see the difference that the combined efforts of LAPD, Sanitation, and parking enforcement can make in preventing the spread of encampments and RVs.
Since September, I've used funding from my office budget to increase resource deployments from the relevant agencies within my district. Council District 12 data shows the LAPD Homeless Outreach and Proactive Engagement (HOPE) team increasing average contacts per month by 500% in September and October; monthly clean-ups by Sanitation crews also grew five-fold; the Department of Transportation had virtually stopped towing abandoned vehicles altogether before towing 142 in October.
Just this week new parking restrictions have been put in place and major clean ups have occurred at Nordhoff Place, along Deering Ave, and Irondale Ave. These new parking restrictions will prevent motor homes from blocking businesses and help maintain the curb appeal of our streets in Chatsworth and Northridge. And while, some RVs will likely relocate to nearby areas, we will maintain a posture of active enforcement to ensure that parking rules aren't abused.
On Thursday of this week alone, parking enforcement crews funded through my office impounded abandoned or non-compliant vehicles on the streets of Nappa, Yolanda, Nordhoff Place, and Canby Ave. My office has been working diligently to map and assess the hot spots, potential funding sources, advocacy groups, and volunteer networks active throughout CD12. We are resolving problems by marshaling the resources identified and developing plans of action to address the issues.
While homelessness remains a serious issue across Los Angeles, I'm determined to ensure that in our communities this crisis never becomes the status quo. We are continually looking not only at what and where problems exist but also for partnerships in developing workable solutions.
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