Taking the Neighborhoods FIRST Message to our Nation's Capital
Posted by Councilmember Englander on March 16, 2018 at 3:17 PM
This week, I had the honor of representing Los Angeles and our interests as a City at the National League of Cities Conference in Washington DC and Access DC. I met with our national representatives and various federal agencies to discuss the priorities of our region as well as share our on-the-ground experience of what works when it comes to addressing common challenges.
My view is that as local elected officials, we have a better understanding of how the federal government can assist our efforts and can report back on which national initiatives are working and which need improvement. Therefore my job is to advocate for the resources to augment our efforts so our federal, state, and local services can complement each other.
This year, my main focus at the conference was addressing the issue of homelessness. I frequently state that meeting this challenge requires an "all-hands-on-deck" approach and that absolutely includes the federal government. With homelessness disproportionately impacting veterans, those battling addiction, and individuals suffering from mental illness, the federal government is a necessary participant to providing adequate services to resolve the issue.
In my time in DC, I met with the US Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and multiple Members of Congress alongside other members of Los Angeles' delegation. Our collective presence and focus made the point that this issue is the primary challenge and concern facing our communities and that we expect the various agencies working in this space to be part of the solution.
My colleagues on Los Angeles City Council were part of the Los Angeles delegation in Washington D.C.
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