Councilmember Mike Bonin has sent out a survey and is hoping to get input from Venice locals about the homeless crisis in the community.
In January, Los Angeles County and the City of Los Angeles will unveil strategies to combat homelessness throughout Los Angeles, including Venice Beach.
“We can see homelessness everywhere we go. Encampments on Ocean Front Walk, Third Avenue, Venice Boulevard, Lincoln Boulevard, and more. People living in their vehicles near Penmar Park, the Abbot Kinney branch library, on Rose Avenue and more,” says Councilmember Mike Bonin.
However as the homeless crisis continues to get worse throughout the region, with approximately 44,000 homeless people in Los Angeles County, and as many as 1,000 of them in Venice, many Venetians are divided when it comes to a potential solution. Some are demanding increased services and housing, while others demand increased law enforcement and zero tolerance.
“Progress will require commitments and action from all level of government, and from all parts of Los Angeles. We will need to make difficult policy choices if we want to end homelessness in Venice,” says Bonin.
Venice residents can have their say in the survey by clicking this link.