Mayor Karen Bass stated Wednesday that her declaration of emergency and Inside Safe program will accommodate over 4,000 homeless Angelenos.
Bass thanked the City Council and Los Angeles voters who supported Measure HHH to fund city, state, and federal homelessness initiatives during a media presentation on the subject.
Bass said that Proposition HHH helped 1,336 persons find temporary housing, 614 find permanent housing, 775 through emergency vouchers, 1,000 through the mayor’s Inside Safe program, 235 through master leasing, and 94 veterans through Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing vouchers.
“Bass remarked, “We can ‘lock arms’ in very particular red tape regions.” “I wanted to see all levels of government aligned, and I’m happy to say it happened faster than I expected.
Bass said her administration’s strategy includes Inside Safe, her plan to bring people inside from tents and encampments; pushing housing forward by closing funding gaps in housing developments; cutting red tape by eliminating bureaucratic obstacles to providing housing; working with the city’s many partners; approving hundreds of acres of land across the city for affordable housing development; and finally, implementing ways to pr.
Bass said her staff renewed a lease with the L.A. Grand Hotel to provide interim lodging and link Angelenos to permanent homes.
Due to high motel expenses, she will move away from acquiring hotel spaces for temporary housing, which will allow for a faster response to placing individuals away from their encampments.
Va “Offering them something valuable and that’s life-changing,” said LAHSA CEO Lecia Adams Kellum.
“We’ve transferred 30 or so people permanently, including some who were living in tents when the mayor took office. “I visited with several of those folks yesterday and they’re prospering and so appreciative… to the team for what we’ve done to alter their lives,” Kellum said.
Mercedes Marquez, housing and homelessness solutions chief, said Inside Safe bridges encampments and permanent homes.
“Marquez said we had to study, scale, and get stronger every day. “Mistakes and terrible experiences teach us.
13 citywide operations including Sixth & Fairfax, Culver Median, Venice, and 99th & Flower. Marquez reported 62 homeless people to put in permanent supportive housing, 515 people transferred into interim housing, zero arrests, and more than 150,000 pounds of rubbish removed from the encampments.
Marquez said the city began outreach at Skid Row last week and expects to move 150 homeless people into temporary housing at The Grand as part of Inside Safe the following week. Marquez hopes to house 2,000 Skid Row residents in three years.
Due to outreach, Bass feels the city can house more people.
“Bass said many outreach workers are well-known by the time the bus leaves. “It’s related. Names are known and individuals don’t trust where they’re relocating. Trust is built.
The mayor discussed scaling Inside Safe. She mentioned lodging prices, capacity, bureaucracy, and RV storage and deconstruction.
City officials are seeking to store RVs or get residents to move into temporary accommodation.
“We’re altering this bureaucracy, the Coordinated Entry System, and the standards for permanent supportive housing,” Bass stated. “We hate knowing there are openings and we have candidates.
Marquez: “Disaster recovery involves intermediate and long-term solutions, scale, and cost reduction.
Bass highlighted that of the $50 million she asked from her declaration of emergency on homelessness, $4.4 million has been spent, including $27 million for motels and community-based groups to provide case management and other assistance.
Bass said $19 million remains from $50 million. The city also received $60 million from HUD and $196 million from the state.
She noted that the city expects additional money and resources to fight homelessness.