Councilmember O’Farrell believes, first and foremost, in putting compassion into action and providing comprehensive housing solutions to people experiencing homelessness, and in dedicated outreach to help connect people to housing and services. This approach has proved successful at locations throughout the 13th District.
In recent years, under Mitch's leadership, the 13th District is home to the second-highest number of permanent housing units (including permanent supportive housing, rapid re-housing, etc.) in the City - the most of any district that does not include downtown Los Angeles.
Mitch has consistently fought for more resources for the City of Los Angeles, including repeatedly traveling to Sacramento for funding for housing and other services.
In addition to the robust permanent housing options available in the 13th District, Mitch has also worked to build a network of other comprehensive housing solutions including interim and temporary options to help put people experiencing homelessness on a path to stability, wellness, and permanent housing. Some of these solutions include:
The City’s FIRST “Safe Sleep Village,” located in Rampart Village on a private lot which was provided to the City thanks to the work of Councilmember O’Farrell and his team. In early 2022, construction will begin on this lot for up to 454 units of permanent supportive housing. The Safe Sleep Village includes 24/7 on-site services including hygiene, meals, case management, security, storage, and laundry. Service animals are accommodated.
In Hollywood, two “A Bridge Home” shelters, accounting for approximately 200 beds for people experiencing homelessness. Both locations include 24/7 on-site services including hygiene, meals, case management, security, storage, and laundry. Service animals are accommodated.
A “Tiny Home Village” in Echo Park, comprised of units designed by formerly homeless individuals. This location includes 24/7 on-site services including hygiene, meals, case management, security, storage, and laundry. Service animals are accommodated.
A future “Tiny Home Village” in Historic Filipinotown, which will operate in similar fashion to the Tiny Home Village in Echo Park.
PATH Metro Villas, one of the first projects in the City to be funded with dollars from Proposition HHH
“The Nest,” a Project Homekey site purchased by the City under the leadership of Councilmember O’Farrell
If you are interested in learning more about comprehensive housing solutions or resources in your community, please contact your field deputy.