Neighborhoods First Update: The Actions You Can Take
Posted by Councilmember Englander on February 23, 2018 at 1:44 PM
The primary focus of my Neighborhoods FIRST program is to marshal the necessary resources to improving the quality of life in neighborhoods throughout the district and getting services to unsheltered individuals in need. However, we also seek to inform residents of strategies and actions you can take to secure your property and prevent some of the negative impacts of homelessness.
The LAPD HOPE team has several recommendations that can help business and property owners prevent misuse of their facilities and property. A frequent issue is the unauthorized use of outdoor faucets and foraging in dumpsters and recycling bins. The HOPE team recommends that any outdoor waste bins be locked to prevent foraging. Similarly, outdoor water sources can be locked by installing a protective cage or by removing the valve handle.
LA Metro is another agency impacted by the homelessness crisis. Metro is using homeless outreach teams C-3, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and P.A.T.H. (People Assisting the Homeless). These teams have the primary responsibility to interact with the homeless that frequent transit stations and provide assistance towards helping them with public services. Additionally, since our Security Team is unable to be in all places at all times, it is customers, who can help to make the system safe by reporting any concerns and calling 888.950.SAFE (7233) or using the Transit Watch Application and the link is attached for your disposition: http://transitwatchla.org/. Should you have questions or comments as it relates to Metro, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
My office is also continuing our efforts to augment available services that will help unsheltered individuals on a path to recovery and housing. That is why we are partnering with the San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission for our Donuts and Donations Project. Join my office and the amazing staff of the Rescue Mission on Saturday, March 3rd in bringing lightly used clothing and other household items to donate to the Mission while enjoying Donuts and Coffee. You will also have an opportunity to learn more about my Neighborhoods FIRST program and the services of the Rescue Mission.
While homelessness remains a serious crisis throughout our city, I and my staff will remain persistent in finding solutions and providing helpful information and services to make positive contributions to ending this crisis.