Committee formed to fight homelessness

first_img While Councilman Ed Reyes supported the plan, he noted that the motion introducing the committee did not mention crucial land-use issues, including why social services are concentrated in some areas and absent in others. “It’s going to go against the grain of many of our political inclinations,” he said. “There are going to be a lot of stakeholders who will say, Not in my backyard.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Capt. Andrew Smith supported the committee’s creation, saying existing homeless intervention efforts are fragmented. “To get everybody marching in the same direction and everybody working together, it can only be a positive thing,” he said. While homelessness on Skid Row has drawn the most attention – Smith recently met with journalists from the Czech Republic researching the matter – several council members said they hope the committee takes a wider view. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who represents part of the San Fernando Valley, said such ad hoc committees have been successful in pushing ahead on business tax reform, Los Angeles River development and other issues. “We can focus on one issue and almost dissect it,” she said. “We can have a greater focus and hopefully greater accomplishment.” Aiming to unify and amplify efforts to get people off the streets, the City Council on Tuesday created a special committee on homelessness. The Ad Hoc Committee on Homelessness will develop a program for expanding shelters in Los Angeles while evaluating social services in other cities and working to bring in more state and federal money. “I guess the question we’re going to have to wrestle with is: Why are there 91,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County?” said Councilwoman Jan Perry, who has been a prominent council voice on homelessness issues. The unanimous vote to create the panel followed testimony from downtown Los Angeles Police Department officials, who said four homeless people died on Skid Row on Monday alone. last_img read more

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