June 29, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Community Feedback on Homelessness

6:11am

Organizers say a community meeting that begins at 1:30pm today to discuss homelessness in Los Angeles has reached capacity. However, the meeting  that will be held this afternoon at the AT&T Theater, United Way Building, 1150 Olive St., will be live-streamed.

Yesterday the Board of Supervisors voted to conduct its
own analysis of a state proposal to invest $2 billion in permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals with mental illness.

The legislation, dubbed No Place Like Home, aims to repurpose Proposition 63 funds to create a $2 billion construction bond. It has the backing of a bipartisan group of California senators.

Proposition 63 or the Mental Health Services Act, which went into effect in 2005, levies a 1 percent tax on personal income of more than $1 million to support mental health services.

The details of the state proposal are still a work in progress. Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sheila Kuehl recommended the analysis in a motion that stated, “it is imperative that (the) county is at the table to fully vet this proposal,” as roughly 40 percent of California’s homeless population lives in Los Angeles County.

“We should do everything we can to make sure we get more, rather than less, from this effort,” Ridley-Thomas told the board. “This will help us in our work of trying to lift up our community and restoring dignity and purpose to the lives of individuals who find themselves homeless.”

Kuehl said the county’s analysis could help frame how funds will be
allocated and offer, “a real win-win by protecting mental health services while supporting the use of a portion of the revenues from Prop. 63 for housing.”

The board directed staffers to make sure the analysis includes a
comparison of the benefits of the initiative to those of existing MHSA-funded efforts. Staffers will also work to identify the subset of homeless individuals in L.A. County that could be helped by No Place Like Home and assess how the legislation would affect current programs.

The public will have a chance to weigh in on the county’s own plans to fight homelessness at a downtown community meeting tomorrow afternoon.

The discussion will cover more than 40 draft strategies, the result of policy summits held between October and December of last year — offered to combat homelessness.

After hearing public feedback, staffers will finalize the proposals for
presentation to the Board of Supervisors.

Tags: in Opinion
Related Posts

The Yo! Venice Interview: Erin Darling For City Council

June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022

First-place finisher & Venice local Erin Darling talks frankly with Yo! Venice about, homelessness, climate change and the upcoming runoff...

Column: Where Will We Shelter the Homeless?

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

By Jeff Hall Federal Judge David O. Carter is a hero, as far as I’m concerned.  He essentially forced the...

Column: LA Election Results Remain Tight, Close & Competitive Come the Fall Runoffs!

June 23, 2022

June 23, 2022

By Nick Antonicello The results for the June 7th Primary continue to trickle-in with not much change:  In that special...

Column: Centennial Park Update – Cleared, Cleaned & Fenced!

June 16, 2022

June 16, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Centennial Park, long a homeless encampment for months that had spilled out-of-control into a haven for open...

The New Math: How Does Caruso Get to Victory in a One-on-One Race With Karen Bass?

June 15, 2022

June 15, 2022

By Nick Antonicello After a $45 million investment in a race he was expected to win, Republican-turned, independent-turned Democrat Rick...

Column: The Endorsement Race!

June 13, 2022

June 13, 2022

With 40 percent of the CD-11 vote up for grabs and four months to go, Park & Darling will compete...

Column: It’s Caruso/Bass for Mayor, Darling/Park for CD-11, Rest of the Field Is Eliminated as We Brace for a November Runoff!

June 9, 2022

June 9, 2022

Villanueva/Luna locked in a tight battle for LA County sheriff! Hertzberg/Horvath headed for runoff for LA County Supervisor! Pullen-Miles leads...

The Yo! Venice Interview: Kevin McGurk for LA County Judge

June 6, 2022

June 6, 2022

By Nick Antonicello  With so much time in court litigating both criminal and civil cases, the position of public defender...

Population Loss: New Era or Pandemic Glitch?

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist The numbers suggest a major change is underway in California. It would take a Nostradamus to...

Column: Down the Stretch They Come

June 3, 2022

June 3, 2022

By Nick Antonicello  A “manufactured narrative” in this race to succeed outgoing,  “lame duck” Councilmember Mike Bonin is that certain...

Interview: LAUSD School Member Nick Melvoin. The Teacher That Puts Kids First!

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

By Nick Antonicello If you didn’t know any better, you would think LA school board member Nick Melvoin was twenty-points...

Keeping Kids Safe in Wake of the Tragedy of Uvalde, Texas

June 2, 2022

June 2, 2022

By Nick Antonicello In wake of the shootings that occurred in Uvalde, Texas I reached out to Allison Holdorff-Polhill, a...

Column: MAYOR ROBERT PULLEN-MILES, THE BEST CHOICE FOR VENICE REPRESENTING IN SACRAMENTO!

June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

Lawndale Mayor uniquely qualified to succeed Autumn Burke in the California General Assembly By Nick Antonicello  On Tuesday June 7th voters...

Yo! Venice Sits Down With CD-11 Conservative Mat Smith About Homelessness, Rising Crime and the Quality-of-Life Conditions in Venice and Beyond!

June 1, 2022

June 1, 2022

By Nick Antonicello  It was only appropriate that Yo! Venice speak with CD-11 council hopeful Mat Smith over the long...

Column: “True” Democrat?

May 30, 2022

May 30, 2022

By Nick Antonicello Just what is a “true” Democrat?  It’s an interesting question in a non-partisan council contest where attorney...