O'Farrell Directs Staff to Research Successful Homeless Initiatives

Los Angeles City Hall

CITY HALL -- Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell introduced a motion this week that focuses on combatting homelessness in the City, and directs staff to report back on best practices in other municipalities who have significantly reduced the number of homeless people living on the streets.

The policy is part of a handful of legislative items introduced by the City Council this week, which also seeks to allocate $100 million in one-time funding for homeless services that would be used to fast track permanent supportive housing projects for the homeless.

“No one should have to live on the streets without shelter, and I want to thank my colleagues for joining me in the fight to fund more permanent supportive housing, as well as rapid rehousing, for our homeless population,” said Councilmember O’Farrell. “The motion I introduced will help provide research on best practices in other cities, as well as help lay a solid foundation for our work moving forward. There are still many details to flesh out, but the action we took today is a good start towards providing aid where it is desperately needed.”

O’Farrell has been a champion for several affordable housing initiatives making their way through the committee process, including dedicating a permanent revenue source for permanent supportive housing. Since he was sworn into office in July of 2013, O’Farrell has introduced several initiatives to identify more funds for housing, including a policy on value capture, and establishing an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District along the Los Angeles River, a first in the City of LA.