Dear <<First Name>>,
This Thursday, Angelenos will get a firsthand look at the state of homelessness in Los Angeles when the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority releases its annual homeless count numbers.
Put on hold during the pandemic, the release of these numbers will take stock of homelessness in the City, provide valuable insights into our approach, and help inform us of the best way to keep moving forward.
Throughout the pandemic, in the 13th District, we've continued to advance the compassionate, balanced approach that we know works: investing in services and housing so that we can move people experiencing homelessness onto a pathway of wellness and stability.
Our approach has included:
✅ 4,300 units of affordable and homeless housing in our district that have been built, are under construction or permitted since I took office in 2013 - more than any other area of Los Angeles outside of downtown. These projects include both mixed-income housing as well as 100% affordable projects like the Hollywood Arts Collective, which is being built on public property and will give a home to struggling artists;
✅ Converting existing building stock into housing with wraparound services, something we’ve done during the pandemic, with more on the way;
✅ Opening two Tiny Home Villages in the 13th District, with a third campus on the way. In addition to three “A Bridge Home transitional housing sites located in our district, we are providing hundreds of interim housing beds and wraparound services for people experiencing homelessness;
✅ Pioneering innovative solutions like the first City-owned “Safe Sleep Village” and safe parking;
✅ Launching the City’s first unarmed model of crisis response in Hollywood, in which service providers respond to non-violent 911 calls regarding a homelessness. This program has been so successful that we are now working to take this model citywide;
✅ Supplementing homeless outreach teams with unarmed service providers specifically dedicated to the 13th District;
✅ Helping to prevent homelessness with the nation’s strongest COVID-19 eviction protections and by creating a rental assistance program for households that experienced loss of income during the pandemic, totaling over $300 million in relief.
These are just a few examples of compassion in action, and our reasonable approach that we believe can make a positive impact across Los Angeles.
I look forward to sharing more updates on Thursday and beyond.
With kind regards,