Recently, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) released its 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. Sadly, homelessness in the Valley jumped 35%. While the City Council tries to figure out how to better spend resources in various communities, I spent the past year coming up with strategies and solutions towards addressing homelessness in our neighborhoods.
I partnered with Los Angeles Family Housing (LAFH) and LAHSA and co-located their staff in the Sunland-Tujunga municipal facility to address this very issue.
Already, the two organizations have made some in-roads in helping our neediest community members on our streets in Sylmar, Sunland-Tujunga, Sun Valley and more. Recently, the LA Times highlighted the organization’s work in our District. Additionally, please check out CD7’s video of LAFH’s impact in our neighborhoods. T
o further assist homeless individuals living on our streets, I’ve collaborated with LAFH, LAHSA, LA County Department of Health, other organizations and volunteers to host Homeless Connect Days. On these days, the homeless will have a one-stop place to receive help in identifying housing, food, and supportive services.
We have a challenging road ahead, however, I know that working with our non-profit partners and stakeholders we will find solutions towards ending homelessness in the City of Los Angeles. As always, I welcome your feedback and appreciate your continued support.
Council member, CD-7