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Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nithya Raman introduced a motion on Sept. 21 requesting $3.86 million in funding for a multi-site Encampment to Home Program in the 4th District.
The goal is to get as many as 150 individuals into shelters and connect them with permanent housing, Raman said.
“This targeted and strategic funding will allow my office to begin a multi-pronged, services led outreach program aimed at housing individuals across the district that if successful, can be used as a model citywide,” Raman said.
While homelessness in Los Angeles remains a widespread crisis, providing funding for shelter and housing – in tandem with extensive outreach and services – has proven successful, Raman added.
Raman’s staff has developed a plan for a multi-site Encampment to Home Program focused on 16 high-priority locations in the district. They include encampments at Cahuenga Boulevard and the Hollywood (101) Freeway, Sunset Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, Sunset Boulevard and Detroit Street, Sunset Boulevard and Martel/Fuller avenues, Franklin and Highland avenues, and Pan Pacific Park.
The operation will be conducted in partnership with the People Concern, one of Los Angeles County’s largest social services agencies and a leading provider of evidence-based solutions to homelessness.
“The People Concern is looking forward to building on the success of our other Encampment to Home projects to link vulnerable neighbors in [the 4th District] with services and housing as quickly as possible,” said John Maceri, CEO of the People Concern. “Our multidisciplinary outreach teams will continue to build trust and use intensive engagement to empower people to make informed choices and connect them with best-fit housing that meets their needs. We are looking forward to partnering on implementing strategies that reduce street homelessness, uplift the importance of long-term housing solutions and improve the quality of life for all.”
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