As political pressure mounts, local elected officials rush to criminalize homelessness.
Time is ticking for Housing First ⏰
Tell your city council and county supervisor:
the solution to homelessness is homes
Friend, help us to advocate for a housing first approach to homelessness! Angry homeowners and neighborhood councils are pressuring elected officials to clear encampments at all costs. They don’t care if this means outreach workers and service providers lose contact and trust with unhoused clients. They don’t care if this means the unhoused are placed in temporary dormitory shelters only to be released somewhere unfamiliar to them later. They simply want the encampments to disappear.
LA has a long history of dealing with homelessness, and we of all should know that treating homelessness as a crime doesn’t work. Sadly, too often the misinformed but loud voices favor criminalization and punishment, and elected officials enact harmful policies just to pacify them. This means that we must speak up too, and let electeds know that we believe the only solution to homelessness is to reform housing and build more homes.
Housing-first service provider, PATH
Amongst frontline service providers, housing first is the proven successful approach to treat homelessness. By providing permanent housing first and without strings attached, unhoused clients experience an easier time recovering and are less likely to fall back into homelessness.
Our ally PATH agrees. PATH is one of the largest organizations in the state, both in size and numbers served, dedicated to housing the homeless. Serving over 150 cities across California, PATH understands the intricacies of the populations it serves and creates unique solutions to best help its clients. PATH works to end homelessness and build communities by focusing on three objectives: Housing,
Supportive Services and Community Engagement. Why put housing first? PATH says:
“When someone is unemployed or dealing with a medical issue, they can’t focus on solving those problems if they are dedicating all their time and energy to figuring out where to sleep that night. Once the fundamental need for housing has been met, then that person can shift their attention onto other problem areas in their life. Give someone a home, connected with the resources they need to get back on their feet, and you will transform a life forever.”
Learn more and volunteer with PATH!
Monrovia Housing and Tenant Advocates Meeting
Mon 7/26 | 7:30-9pm
Pasadena Chapter Meeting
Wed 7/28 | 6-7pm
West Hollywood Housing Element Advocates Meeting
Tue 7/27 | 6-7pm
Friends of the Purple Line Meeting
Fri 7/30 | 5-6pm
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org” style=”text-decoration: underline; color: #228ae6;” rel=”noopener”>Jaime Del Rio to attend local meetings.
Members & Volunteers Meetup JULY
@ Arts District Brewery
Thu 7/29 | 6-7pm
Supporting members and volunteers only. Become a member or volunteer.
RSVP: TXT Jaime 818-631-0308
Our Future LA Advocacy Town Hall
THU 7/29 | 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Join Everyone In and core members of the Our Future LA coalition for an advocacy town hall to break down the purpose of OFLA. We’ll talk about OFLA’s plans to help tenants stay housed, create more affordable housing, ensure every community addresses inequity and lastly, create an independent, countywide housing solutions agency by way of SB 679.
Allowing elected officials to increase housing supply is democratic
Chris S. Elmendorf for CalMatters
SB 10, authored by Senator Scott Weiner, allows cities to rezone for small (less than 10 units) apartments in neighborhoods near transit or urban infill sites. These apartments are relatively cost-effective to build, therefore are more affordable to lower-income families. This helps more Californians access opporunities and pares back exclusionary zoning. SB 10 undos laws enacted directly by voters that prohibits such rezoning. Some took this and argue that SB 10 undermines democracy.
This is not true. CA’s constitution in fact prohibits cities from enacting ordinances that restrict regional housing supply, for it has the duty to protect the interest of non-residents and those that are not represted in city councils.
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Will Allowing Duplexes and Lot Splits on Parcels Zoned for Single-Family Create New Homes?
NIMBYs are working hard against SB 9 by sowing fear, claiming the pro-housing bill, which would allow lot splits and 2 units per lot on SFZ properties, will destroy single family neighborhoods. But this is simply not true (again). In fact, a new study by Berkeley’s Terner Center found that SB 9 would enable new development where none was financially feasible before on around 110,000 single-family parcels, representing just 1.5% of total single family parcels statewide, creating 700,000 new homes that would’ve not been feasible before. And this does not take into account the owner’s willingness to redevelop.
All this indicates that SB 9 will be a modest reform. Legislators should consider enacting comlementary measures to ensure the effectiveness of SB 9.
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