Hey friend, as a LA County resident, what can be done to improve your housing experience?
Housing advocates, your time to shine – what housing policies should we bring to the table next year?
In the next couple of months, legislators in Sacramento will finalize their bill proposals for the next legislative session. With the passage of many impactful housing bills this year, pro-housing policymakers are energized to bring more reforms to the table – and we are inviting you to help shape what these reforms will look like.
Teamwork makes the dream work – when we all come together to reform housing, we create policies that benefit all. Pitch in with your ideas to legalize more housing, make housing easier to build, fund affordable housing, and protect tenants!
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The best policies draw from our lived experiences. Tell us: as a LA County resident, what can be done to improve your housing experience? Take this opportunity to make impactful laws for you and your communities, firstname.lastname@example.org” style=”text-decoration: underline; color: #228ae6;” rel=”noopener”>email@example.com” style=”text-decoration: underline; color: #228ae6;” rel=”noopener”>hare your housing needs with us!
LA’s impatience on homelessness illustrates heightened strain between politics and real solutions. Did the councilmembers find a middle ground?
Since the passage of Ordinance 41.18, the City of LA has designated nearly 300 sites where sitting, camping, or idling – being homeless – are banned.
Under the new law, councilmembers can propose resolutions banning homeless encampments in specific locations within their districts, but the proposal must gain full council approval. Furthermore, the law requires outreach to offer individuals shelter before clearing any encampment.
Because outreach is mandated, the city council believes this to be a humane approach. So far they have approved all 41.18 requests from nine councilmembers; six councilmembers have yet to propose any sites.
In each of the full city council votes to ban encampments, all but two councilmembers voted yes to criminalize homelessness. The two dissenting councilmembers are Nithya Raman of CD 4 and Mike Bonin of CD 11. Instead, both councilmembers invested in intensive and concentrated outreach efforts of their own to urge voluntary relocation to shelters.
LA’s new strategy with homelessness did gain support from service providers, who cite better shelter conditions and the ability for an entire encampment community to remain together on shelter sites. However, unhoused individuals routinely have to give up personal properties during each move.
One thing is clear: humane or not, moving people into shelters is a temporary solution to a persisting, worsening problem. Reform housing so more permanent homes can be built faster remain the key to end this crisis once and for all.
Meet and chat with a stellar panel of experts on homelessness, including policy experts and frontline service providers! What have we learned from rapid re-housing unhoused individuals during the pandemic? What is proven to work, what isn’t? What are some recent highlights/successes in treating homelessness? Don’t miss out on this opportunity, come prepared with questions!
South Pasadena Chapter Meeting
Mon 11/8 | 1 – 2 pm
Pasadena Chapter Meeting
Wed 11/10 | 6 – 7 pm
Westside for Everyone
Thurs 11/11 | 7 – 8 pm
City of LA Chapter Meeting
Tue 11/9 | 6 – 7 pm
Inclusive Santa Monica
Thurs 11/11 | 6 – 7 pm
Friends of the Purple Line
Fri 11/12 | 5 – 6 pm
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Weekend to End Homelessness | 11/11 – 11/12
Bring a friend to Housing 101!
Through an examination of housing history and policy in Los Angeles, gain a foundational understanding of how we arrived at the Housing Crisis today and where we can go from here. Learn about AHLA’s policy approaches and how to get involved.
Brush up on your housing history and hear the latest take from AHLA Education Director Luke Klipp!
Saturday 11/13 | 12 – 2 PM
Attorney General Bonta Launches Housing Strike Force, Announces Convening of Tenant Roundtables Across the State
OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the creation of a Housing Strike Force within the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the convening of a series of tenant roundtables across the state. Attorney General Bonta today also launched a Housing Portal on DOJ’s website with resources and information for California homeowners and tenants. Together, the Housing Strike Force, roundtables, and Housing Portal are part of DOJ’s new effort to advance housing access, affordability, and equity in California. DOJ’s Housing Strike Force will draw on the expertise of attorneys from the Land Use and Conservation Section, the Consumer Protection Section, the Civil Rights Enforcement Section, and the Environment Section’s Bureau of Environmental Justice to address the housing crisis and to alleviate its effects.
California’s ‘magic recipe’ for reducing homelessness
In March 2020, as Covid-19 was beginning its assault on America, Jason Elliott found himself huddled in a windowless conference room late one night with about 15 other California state officials, advisers and epidemiologists who were using their phone calculators to tally up potential death rates.
The group — which included national guardsmen, emergency responders and academics who’d studied homelessness — had been banished by Gov. Gavin Newsom from an emergency Covid meeting in the state’s situation room and directed to come back when they had a plan to address the catastrophe Covid posed for the state’s massive homeless population.
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