The 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, taking place on January 23rd, is in need of volunteers to survey areas in the 13th District.
The Homeless Count is a three-day county-wide census of the unhoused among us. The data gathered helps drive funding assistance, as well as provides valuable information to help allocate resources. This is important research that will inform my approach to secure additional and significant funding from our state lawmakers in Sacramento. Calling on our legislators to match our $1.2B permanent supportive housing investment is work I started last year, and will continue to advocate for in 2020.
I hope you will join me at the Homeless Count taking place on the night of Thursday, January 23rd, in the following areas in the 13th District: Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Hollywood, Silver Lake, Westlake, and Wilshire Center-Koreatown. Those interested in volunteering are urged to register soon! Please see the links for each neighborhood.
In the 13th District, we have made progress addressing the homelessness crisis: within the last year, we opened two bridge housing facilities in Hollywood with a total of nearly 200 beds; we established mobile restroom facilities throughout the district and are in the process of expanding these services to include showers; and, we are identifying Safe Parking sites across the district, with one to open this year. I supported Measure HHH, and helped break ground on the first project in the City to utilize these funds, with plans underway to build 400 units of permanent supportive housing near Vermont Ave and Beverly Blvd. I am also working with the community to build an affordable permanent supportive housing facility on a city-owned lot on Glendale Ave in Echo Park.
The Count is an important opportunity to get directly involved in helping provide some relief to the homelessness crisis. I hope you can pitch in that night, and please share this with anyone who you think might be able to help.
See you at the event!