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Dear <<First Name>>,
 
Six months ago, we led one of the most successful housing operations in the history of the City, when we secured transitional housing placements for nearly 200 people who had been experiencing homelessness at Echo Park Lake.
 
Nearly 200 people were given a chance at a better life: a safe and secure environment, case management by professionals, medical care, and three healthy meals a day.

Since that time, my team and I have continued to put compassion into action and have accelerated our progress with hundreds of recent housing solutions.

In the past six months, we’ve brought these resources to the 13th District:

✔ The first City-managed Safe Sleep Village, with space for up to 90 people

✔ The district’s first Tiny Home Village, with space for up to 72 people

✔ The Nest, a building the City purchased, which includes 38 units of transitional housing

✔ HOPE on Alvarado, which includes 84 units of permanent supportive housing

✔ A NEW Tiny Home Village, which broke ground last week, with space for over 100 people

Add these numbers to our success at Echo Park Lake, and that’s over 500 new housing solutions - in the last six months alone.

More than 500 housing solutions means more than 500 individual stories. It means more than 500 chances at a better life. It means more than 500 people who had been suffering - on streets, on sidewalks, and in public parks - who were put back on the path to wellness, stability, and permanent housing.

Recently, I helped lead the City Council’s unanimous approval to resume the CARE+ program, which took effect on September 7th. As we stand up hundreds of housing solutions, we are also doing the critical work of keeping our shared public spaces safe, clean, and accessible to everyone.

There is nothing compassionate about enabling unhoused individuals to live or die in squalor on City sidewalks. People experiencing homelessness belong indoors in safe, secure, managed, environments. In my district, we are doing that - by the hundreds - and there’s much more to come.

I won’t let up.
 
With kind regards,

MITCH O'FARRELL

 

WEEKLY HEADLINES

Councilman Mitch O'Farrell elected President Pro Tempore of LA City Council [CBS]

City leaders celebrate program to expand solar energy use [Beverly Press]

L.A. City Council approves $116 million for affordable housing in East Hollywood, Downtown, Pico-Union, Westlake [UrbanizeLA]

TEAM MITCH MAKING A DIFFERENCE

HOLLYWOOD -  Each day, Team Mitch hits the streets of the 13th District to tackle beautification projects large and small. Recently, our Clean Team made major improvements at the corner of Harold and Carlton Ways, which was strewn with illegal dumping and other trash. If you have a location in need of service, please contact our office at (213) 207-3015.

STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH IATSE

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember O'Farrell stands in solidarity with IATSE's 13 Hollywood locals and the 52,000 working women and men across the State, because no worker should feel like they have to sacrifice their personal safety in exchange for a wage. On Wednesday, Councilmember O'Farrell, along with Councilmembers Kevin De Leon, Nithya Raman, and Council President Nury Martinez, co-introduced a resolution urging the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and IATSE to bargain in good faith and to come to an agreement on a fair contract that addresses safety concerns. This is a moral issue; it is critical to our economic recovery as we emerge from the pandemic.

CONNECTING OUR LA RIVER COMMUNITIES

LOS ANGELES RIVER - On Wednesday, Councilmember O'Farrell was proud to join Assemblymember Laura Friedman, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Nithya Raman, Glendale city officials and neighborhood leaders to announce millions of dollars of new funding for projects that will connect the Los Angeles River to its surrounding communities. Our office advocated for this money in the current state budget and, thanks to the leadership of Assemblymember Friedman, these projects are now one step closer to reality.

NEW ENHANCEMENTS TO PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

GLASSELL PARK - On Tuesday, Councilmember O'Farrell joined City Crews and local teachers to celebrate the closure of an outdated tunnel at Fletcher Drive and Estara Avenue. A longtime nuisance to local students and residents, our team worked to identify and secure funding for its closure. One of many recent improvements to pedestrian safety in Glassell Park, we are at your service and ready to work with you on your project requests. 

OCTOBER 9: TOM LABONGE DAY OF SERVICE

LOS ANGELES - Join us on Saturday, October 9, at 8:30am, for the inaugural Tom LaBonge Day of Service! Former Councilmember Tom LaBonge was often known as "Mr. LA" for his love for LA and his tireless work on behalf of Angelenos. To honor his life, legacy and what would have been his 68th birthday, we are partnering with other council offices and City Departments to host five cleanups across the City. Join city leaders, volunteers, neighbors and friends to make our communities shine a little brighter and show our LA love. Tools will be provided, and masks will be required.
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YOU'RE STILL PROTECTED AGAINST EVICTIONS

LOS ANGELES - If you are a renter in the City of Los Angeles, you are still protected against evictions related to COVID-19. While California’s statewide eviction protections expired earlier this week, here in the City of L.A., Councilmember O'Farrell made sure that our rules would be the nation’s strongest, AND that they stay in effect until one year after the COVID-19 emergency order is lifted or May 2023, whichever is earlier. Please visit the Los Angeles Housing Department's website to learn more.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS AS A TENANT

LOS ANGELES - Throughout October, the Los Angeles Housing Department will be hosting a series of webinars to educate tenants and landlords about the City's COVID-19 residential protections. The webinars will provide an update on the City of Los Angeles' renter protections, as well as a summary of the legal services provided by the City's new COVID-19 Eviction Defense Program. 
SIGN-UP FOR A VIRTUAL SESSION

BECOME A COOL BLOCK LEADER

LOS ANGELES - The Neighborhood Council Sustainability Alliance in partnership with the City's Climate Emergency Mobilization Office, is launching Cool Blocks LA, a block-by-block organizing effort to help people create the neighborhoods they want to live in and improve the environment at the same time. Their goal is to recruit 200 Cool Block leaders by next Friday, October 22 in order to secure a grant for this important climate action. Become a Cool Block Leader today!
MORE INFORMATION

SELECT THE NEXT LAUSD SUPERINTENDENT

LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education has extended its deadline to complete their survey about what you want to see in the next Superintendent. Community members now have until Wednesday, October 6 at 5pm. Just four to five minutes of your time taking this survey can make a world of difference for your children and our community.
TAKE THE SURVEY

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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