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Los Angeles City Councilmen Joe Buscaino, 15th District, and Paul Koretz, 5th District, have introduced a motion calling for the city of Los Angeles to withdraw from the Los Angeles Homelessness Services Authority.
The motion also calls for recommendations on incorporating outreach, housing and all other homelessness service delivery programs within a city department, or a new stand-alone city agency.
Operating with an annual budget of nearly $1 billion provided by federal, state, county, and city funds, one of LAHSA’s core functions is street outreach to the homeless population, ensuring they receive resources, shelter and permanent housing, the councilmen said. The city of Los Angeles pays LAHSA nearly $300 million a year, yet LAHSA is unwilling to provide the city and its departments with basic information about their outreach activities and outcomes, the councilmen added.
“Without knowing critical information about who has been offered shelter, and who has turned it down, the city cannot enforce our anti-camping laws and differentiate between those that want help and those that do not,” Buscaino said. “This results in the unmitigated proliferation of dangerous, inhumane encampments, subjecting innocent people experiencing homelessness to criminals that prey on them. This is not compassionate – it’s reckless.”
“The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome,” Koretz added. “In the case of LAHSA, if the information, resources and services the organization provides are going to continue to fall short of what we need to get Angelenos housed and back on their feet, then every option for reform, including severing those ties, should be on the table.”
According to a 2019 audit from Los Angeles City Controller Ron Galperin, LAHSA is falling short of its city goals. In 2018-2019, LAHSA failed to meet five city outreach targets, in some cases reporting 4% or 6% success and reaching only dozens of people in need, the councilmen said.
The motion will be heard in the city’s Homelessness and Poverty committee at a forthcoming meeting.
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