May 22, 2024 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Los Angeles City Council Takes Steps to Address RV Homelessness

Two separate motions passed aimed to reduce recreational vehicle homelessness throughout Los Angeles

Los Angeles City Council has taken steps to address the issue of recreational vehicle (RV) homelessness in the city. Two motions were unanimously approved on Wednesday intended to reduce RV homelessness throughout the city. 

The first motion was presented by Councilwoman Nithya Raman, which directed various city departments to develop a comprehensive city-wide rehousing strategy for people experiencing RV homelessness. 

“One thing I really appreciate about this report is that it gives a big number, $141 million, that we need in order to build out some of these broader solutions like buy-back programs for decrepit RVs, storage programs for RVs that people want to store, setting up safe parking that actually accommodates our RVs, which would include 24-hour parking and potentially having the ability for people to plug in and connect to sewage,” Raman said.

“My district, like most Angelenos, (is) simply fed up with the status quo,” said CD 11 Councilwoman Traci Park. “In my district that includes environmental degradation like what is occurring at our environmentally sensitive habitat at Ballona Wetlands.”

“RVs’ garbage and debris on our sidewalks are chocking our roadways and creating dangerous conditions for motorists and pedestrians,” Park added.

The motion instructed staff to identify and secure appropriate interim shelter and housing for people living in RVs, create incentives for voluntary relinquishment of RVs used as dwellings, expand safe parking programs, and allocate necessary budgetary and staffing resources.

Councilwoman Raman noted that the city’s response to vehicular homelessness, particularly RVs, has been reactive and not focused on resolving the issue. The report presented by Raman includes a budget estimate of $141 million, which would be needed to build out broader solutions, such as buy-back programs for decrepit RVs, storage programs for RVs that people want to store, setting up safe parking that accommodates RVs, including 24-hour parking, and potentially having the ability for people to plug in and connect to sewage.

Brian Buchner, the city homelessness coordinator with the Office of the CEO, said that the city’s safe parking sites are not 24 hours, and the city is considering temporary and short-term RV storage. Councilwoman Traci Park hopes that outreach can help achieve the ultimate goal of moving people into permanent housing. Park added that RVs’ garbage and debris on sidewalks are choking roadways and creating dangerous conditions for motorists and pedestrians.

The second motion, presented by Councilwoman Monica Rodriguez, seeks to expand the Council District 7 RV pilot program citywide. The program was developed in collaboration with West Valley Homes YES, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and LA Family Housing. It helped remove 34 RVs from the district and housed 44 individuals, with more than 70 people enrolled in the program and 26 people waiting to be enrolled.

Councilwoman Rodriguez stated that the city council adopted a process that will streamline efforts to create a more cost-effective and expedited approach to addressing the homelessness crisis on Los Angeles’ streets. The council will receive updates on the feasibility of expanding the District 7 RV pilot program citywide and a city-wide rehousing strategy for people experiencing RV homelessness.

in News
Related Posts

Venice Canal Attack Victim’s Condition Takes a Tragic Turn

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

CD 11 City Councilmember Traci Park Releases Statement The devastating news that one of the two women who were brutally...

(Video Recap) MAINopoly Offers a Sample of Main Street’s Best

May 22, 2024

May 22, 2024

The Annual Event Took Place May 19 @yovenicenews MAINopoly offered a sample of Main Street’s best eateries and bars #california...

(Video) 2024 Take Action Campaign Happening Now

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

More Information at takeactionla.com @yovenicenews Take Action Campaign is happening now throughout LA County #mentalhealth #losangeles #fyp #california #wellbeing #health...

LAFD Rescues Trapped Individuals From Venice Public Bathrooms

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

After Approximately Eight Minutes, One Stall Door Was Successfully Unlatched By Zach Armstrong LAFD Firefighters and LAPD officers were dispatched...

Venice Shorts: Time for a New Firehouse?

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

VNC Community Officer Yolanda Gonzalez Seeks Support for a New Facility By Nick Antonicello Yolanda Gonzalez is a strong proponent...

Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program Opens Second Round of Applications

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Applications Accepted Until June 4, Funding and Support Have Been Increased  The Los Angeles County Rent Relief Program (LARRP) has...

Father-Son Duo RSG Janitorial Services Finds Joy In Serving Customers

May 21, 2024

May 21, 2024

Finding handymen and janitorial services can be a hard pick. RSG Janitorial Services, based in Los Angeles, offers a mix...

City Files Lawsuit Against Motel Owners For Allegedly Allowing Drug Activity

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

A Court Order Could Close the Motel for One Year and Require Changes to Management By Zach Armstrong A lawsuit has...

Venice Shorts: Neatly Groomed Encampment Continues Along Lincoln Blvd

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

Opposite boarded structure, outdoor furniture and alike takes space reserved for pedestrians By Nick Antonicello  While the current photo (May...

Bloody-Faced Woman Who Led Police on 405 Pursuit Initiated Chase in Venice

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

 A Photo Shows Her Appearing Viciously With an Open Mouth By Zach Armstrong A photo of a bloody-faced woman made...

Senior with Dementia Goes Missing in Santa Monica

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

He Was Last Seen Near Santa Monica UCLA Hospital on May 15 The Santa Monica Police Department is requesting the...

Injured Female Hiker Rescued From Temescal Ridge Trail

May 20, 2024

May 20, 2024

The hiker was transported directly to a nearby hospital The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an incident involving a...

Venice Shorts: Multiple RVs Continue to Plague South Venice Blvd

May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

Three permanently parked recreational vehicles clutter sidewalk access with couches and tables, even a lawnmower By Nick Antonicello  There are...

Venice Shorts: Heavy Agenda Faces VNC Tuesday Evening

May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024

Slew of action on numerous issues for consideration makes for a marathon meeting By Nick Antonicello  The monthly meeting of...

9th Annual MAINopoly Event Returns to Santa Monica This Weekend

May 16, 2024

May 16, 2024

Participating Establishments Include Ashland Hill, Holey Grail Donuts, Juneshine, Jameson’s Pub and Others The 9th Annual MAINopoly: A Taste of...