December 3, 2022 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

OpEd: Together, We can End Homelessness

It is possible. Here is how.

By Craig Greiwe, Candidate for Los Angeles Mayor

As someone who grew up poor and has experienced homelessness, I can tell you we cannot dream halfway. Our goal must be to end homelessness, not to reduce it. I grew up poor.  Through my hard work and the help of others I have what I have today. I am blessed. My name is Craig Greiwe and I am a candidate for Mayor of Los Angeles.

Understand my fellow candidates’ lives today. Their advisors, their donors, their long-time friends tell them homelessness is “complicated.”  Some run non-profits to “address” homelessness. They do good work, at least they did in the beginning.  Now, they wake up each morning and do what they did the day before. It is not working.

They all have accepted homelessness. I do not. My life story will not allow me to. I never want to feel the desperation of my impoverished youth again.  And decades later, as a successful business strategist I know we, you and I, can fix Los Angeles together. While I applaud the attention recently paid to homelessness by officials and candidates in the last year, I decry the focus: almost no one is focused on actually ending homelessness. We can end homelessness.  It is possible. Here is how.

As a candidate for Mayor, I put forth the first real, written plan of any candidate to address homelessness back when I declared my candidacy in November 2021, based on a similar plan I authored while at the grassroots movement Rise Together. That plan itself has been cited by the LA Health Commission in their annual report. My plan gets 50% of people off the streets in under nine months, and ends homelessness in under four years, all without raising taxes.

Most importantly, my plan is the only plan to establish the all-important goal of moving Los Angeles to functional zero homelessness. Of course, not everyone is on board. No fewer than ten times in the last month have different elected officials, advisors, and civic leaders approached me to say “You need to stop saying we can end homelessness.” They, with the public, are naturally skeptical, given Los Angeles’ abject failure in dealing with the crisis.  

My goal is not a pie-in-the-sky dream. We’re only talking about roughly 60,000 people, a football-stadium-sized challenge in a county of 12 million people. Hurricane Katrina displaced more than ten times that many people; Hurricane Harvey, even more. Yet we met each of those crises with the resources necessary to move forward. The same is possible here.  

In fact, according to the most prominent organization nationally, Community Solutions, more than 14 cities have established some form of functional zero homelessness, and many more are on the way. The state of Colorado is nearly halfway there.  

It is, in fact, possible to end homelessness.  Hard, but possible.

To get there we have to establish ambitious, but realistic goals. We have to focus on ending, not addressing homelessness, with accountability for every dollar spent and every person helped.

The question is, then, why does no one else in Los Angeles want to talk about it? It’s time we stopped pretending that this problem is unsolvable, or that we need to raise taxes to address it, or that we need to spend billions more than we already have planned to make real progress.  We have all the money we need; what we lack are real leaders who put it to use in the right way.  

What we lack most of all are real leaders who are willing to take the tough, but right stance that our goal is not to “address” homelessness, but to end it, once and for all.  As a candidate for Mayor of this great city, I take that pledge. And I ask my fellow candidates, every non-profit, every service provider and private contractor, and every city official: why won’t you do the same?

in Opinion
Related Posts

Column: Erin Darling Concedes Race to Traci Park to Succeed Mike Bonin in LA’s CD-11

November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

The close contest between two Venetians ends with Park garnering 53% of the vote to Darling’s 47% By Nick Antonicello...

Column: How Long is Too Long?

November 16, 2022

November 16, 2022

Why is it taking this much time to tabulate who won and who lost for LA Mayor, City Council? By...

Column – Gas Gougers Beware: California Is Onto You at Last

November 11, 2022

November 11, 2022

By Tom Elias It has taken more than 50 years of on-and-off gasoline price gouging, but at long last California...

$87,581,047.01: Candidate Rick Caruso on Pace to Smash All Spending Records in His Bid to Become Mayor of Los Angeles

November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

Caruso overwhelming Bass nearly 10-1! By Nick Antonicello According to the LA Ethics Commission as of October 31st, billionaire developer...

“Ten Takes” to Watch as CD-11 Hopefuls Park & Darling Close out the Campaign in a Mad Dash to the Finish Line!

November 4, 2022

November 4, 2022

By Nick Antonicello And after some sixteen months of posturing, positioning and intensive campaigning be it door to door, shaking...

Column: Who’s the ‘True’ Democrat in CD-11?

October 30, 2022

October 30, 2022

So who is the true Democrat in this race to succeed Mike Bonin in CD-11? While the campaign for city...

Column: Tenant Support Could Tip the Political Scales in CD-11 Council Race

October 29, 2022

October 29, 2022

Darling pushes advocacy of renter’s rights over Park in tightly contested battle to succeed Mike Bonin! By Nick Antonicello In...

Column: Money & Messaging That Is Persuasive and Memorable May Just Make Rick Caruso Our Next Mayor!

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

Moving away from direct mail, Caruso saturates broadcast television with a more disciplined message that is resonating with an angry...

Column: The Flower Avenue Debacle: Five Years of Government Inaction & Failure!

October 25, 2022

October 25, 2022

Exhausted by Mike Bonin’s indifference and LA City incompetence, tenants & homeowner look to incoming councilmember to end encampment! By...

Column: Excess School Lands for Teacher Housing?

October 22, 2022

October 22, 2022

By Tom Elias, Columnist Do voters want more teachers living in their communities, even if it means a little more...

Column: Sparks Fly at South Brentwood Residents Association Council Forum

October 21, 2022

October 21, 2022

In one of the more animated and interesting forums in the race to succeed retiring Councilman Mike Bonin, the gloves...

Column: What Next for LA?

October 18, 2022

October 18, 2022

By Nick Antonicello The ongoing racism scandal that has engulfed and swallowed city government whole could be an opportunity in...

Column: Racist Remarks Have No Place in Politics or Government

October 14, 2022

October 14, 2022

The ugly side of our discourse rears its head once again! By Nick Antonicello Some thirty years ago Rodney King...

Column: Candidates Darling & Park Move to the Center in CD-11 on the Issue of Homelessness

October 13, 2022

October 13, 2022

Recent mailings suggest a consensus, common sense approach as campaign intensifies in closing weeks! By Nick Antonicello While campaigns have...