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Dear <<First Name>>,

I’ve never been afraid to take bold action to help those who need it the most.

The 13th District is leading the City in our response to homelessness — and it’s clear in the results:

The 13th District has more permanent housing units for formerly unhoused people than any district outside of downtown.

The 13th District has produced more affordable housing in recent years than any other district but one — and we’ve produced twice as much as the average district.

The 13th District is piloting the City’s first unarmed crisis response program, specifically designed to help people who are experiencing homelessness.

This is compassion in action. And in 2021, we’ve been even more successful with that approach.

In March, we brought indoors nearly 200 people who had been experiencing homelessness in unsafe, inhumane conditions at Echo Park Lake. And all year long, we’ve made progress across the entire district. 

Here’s how:

✅ 500+ new beds or units brought online for people experiencing homelessness, including HHH funded permanent supportive housing 
✅ Repurposed underutilized private properties into temporary housing, including the City’s FIRST Safe Sleep Village and two Tiny Home Villages
✅ Leveraged state and federal funds to convert an existing building into transitional housing
✅ Identified and secured funding for a new Safe Parking site for people experiencing homelessness in their vehicles
✅ Led unanimous approval to resume the CARE+ (Cleaning and Rapid Engagement) program
✅ Led approval of an outreach-led approach to addressing homelessness, while ensuring streets and sidewalks are safe, clean and accessible for all Angelenos
✅ Introduced the CIRCLE program in Hollywood - an unarmed model of crisis response in which outreach providers respond to 911 calls about homelessness

These are more than just data points and numbers. These are stories of people — who, thanks to our approach, have taken critical steps on a pathway to wellness and stability. 

Homelessness is the crisis of our time affecting the entire City and County. But in the 13th District, we are leading the way.

And it will be full speed ahead in 2022. We will keep putting compassion into action, and you can count on me to continue to lead.

 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

LA Councilmembers introduce motion to improve residential energy efficiency [mynewsLA]

City Council approves $47 million for supportive housing in Koreatown and South LA [UrbanizeLA]

Final redistricting map draws praise from local communities [Beverly Press]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

GLASSELL PARK - Rain or shine, our Council District 13 Clean Team is at your service and ready to help. This week, the Team removed illegally dumped items in and around Juntos Park in preparation for upcoming holiday festivities. If you have a location in need of service, please contact our office at (213) 207-3015.

TAKING ACTION ON IDLE OIL WELLS

VISTA HERMOSA PARK - On Friday, Councilmember O'Farrell joined our trailblazing U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland - a fierce environmentalist, member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe and the first Native American to serve in a presidential Cabinet - along with local leaders to discuss the critical importance of capping abandoned oil wells that exist within the City. While Los Angeles is leading the nation with our 'LA100' work plan to achieve 100% carbon-free energy by 2035, our city still has more than 1300 idle oil wells. These wells are harmful to our neighborhoods, our public health and our planet and it's time for their full phase out. There's no time to waste. 

KEEPING LOCAL FAMILIES FED

ECHO PARK - On Friday, Councilmember O'Farrell - along with the Salvadoran American Leadership and Educational Fund and SEE-LA - hosted our final monthly food distribution of 2021. Throughout 2021, we distributed *more than 20,000 pounds* of groceries to food-insecure 13th District households and assisted with other critical resources including COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. As the year comes to an end, our assistance to Angelenos in need will continue. We are at your service, and we're always here to help in any way we can.

RING IN THE HOLIDAYS IN ATWATER VILLAGE

ATWATER VILLAGE - The 30th annual Atwater Village Tree Lighting returns today, Sunday, December 12, from 5pm to 7pm on Glendale Boulevard between Larga and Perlita Avenues. Please be mindful of temporary street closures along the eastbound lanes of Glendale Boulevard. We look forward to seeing you at this beloved community tradition!

EXTRA! EXTRA! SENIOR TALENT SHOW RETURNS

HOLLYWOOD - After a one year hiatus due to the pandemic, the annual Las Palmas Senior Center talent show returns virtually on Thursday, December 16, at 12:30pm. The event is always lots of fun and a window into all of the talent our seniors have to offer. 
WATCH THE SHOW

KEEP YOUR HOME SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON

LOS ANGELES - As we enter the holiday season and look forward to gathering again with family, friends and loved ones, it is also important to practice caution in regard to the safety of yourself and your home. Please remember to stay vigilant against the increase in home theft that can often occur this time of year, as more people leave their homes for holiday travel and other activities. In preparation, here are some helpful, easy tips to protect your home and your loved ones.  

COVID-19 RESOURCES

RENTER PROTECTIONS

HCIDLA: COVID-19 Renter Protections

FREE LEGAL SERVICES

INFO: LA Represents

COVID-19

VACCINATIONS: Vaccine Appointments

SIGN UP: Free COVID-19 Testing

HOMELESS SERVICES

SHELTERS: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Support

PARKING CITATION ASSISTANCE

LADOT: Payment Relief Options
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