Homelessness Task Force Update
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Stats to Date for 2019# of Homeless Engaged by Social Workers since Jan 1 =47# of Homeless Who Have Accepted Shelter: 7% Who are Veterans = 50Clean Ups: 9Mental Health Holds/5150 = 3
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ResourceAgencyStatusChallengesSuccessesNext StepsPublic Outreach
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Social ServicesCounty/LAHSA + VA Outreach (St. Joe of Venice is County provider for Brentwood; VA has on site team)Daily outreach at 5-530AM; evening outreach 3x per weekHigh % of truly transient homeless; about 50% are Vets/VA eligible; all are highly service resistant; some have housing vouchers and prefer to be homeless while they wait for housing; significant PTSD and substance abuse profiles; all are long term homeless.7 Homeless have been transitioned to housing over the past year.Opening of VA Homeless Shelter in October 2019 will not require homeless to be sober prior to entering; VA fenceline homeless will be recruited first.Our last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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SanitationCounty and City SanitationConsistent Clean UpsClean Ups require notification period for both Sanitation and Homeless; homeless are allowed to return to the same location.11 clean ups over the past yearContinue daily spot checks for sidewalk blockages; garbage; human waste.Our last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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VAVABulding Homeless ShelterOverdueScheduled to Open in Feb-2020; will offer housing to 100 VetsPartner with community and Veterans organization for grand opening and provide volunteers on a regular basisOur last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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CommunityBCC + HOA's, BIDs, Concerned Citizens & Property OwnersGood participation in public meetings; helpful in terms of volunteering and supporting our efforts.More consistent reporting to LA-HOP.org and LA311; Volunteer efforts to obtain more cameras and signage have not been successful near the encampmentResidents have reported activity resulting in 3 emergency mental health intakes; 2 drug dealing raids; 1 stopped assault in progressPartnering with SLO Maria Gray to contact commercial and residential property owners to help us create a better web of security near the encampmentOur last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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EMAIL Campaign 8/23/2019Task Force email campaign to ask for immediate housing at the VA for Vets, including emergency MASH type shelters.Obtained meeting with Congressman Lieu/ New VA Director for Nov 21 per Lieu's office
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Law EnforcementSheriff - Have jurisdiction over the County sidewalk on the East side of Bringham and San Vicente along VA fenceline; West Hollywood Disivion is closest patrol officePatrols the VA fenceline in the AM; monitors sidewalk blockagesNot consistentWorking with County and Sheriff to create daily patrols on a consistent basis.Our last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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LAPDResponds to all 911 calls to the San Vicente encampmentConsistent but hamstrung by jurisdiction & County camping laws;They must collaborate with Sheriff on further crime raids on the encampment due to jurisdiction Patrol regularly, Detectives are helpful and follow up on reports of criminal activityEstablish No Trespass notices for all buldings along Bringham and San Vicente; work with SLO to ask building owners to install cameras; continue to report criminal activity to the West LA DetectivesOur last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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OrdinancesCounty allows camping 24/7; City allows day camping but does not enforce rule.We cannot force anyone to move from public propertyCity Reinstated "No Sleeping In Cars" ordinance, which covers most of Brentwood.Continue regular clean ups and law enforcement patrols to curb illegal activity, redce public health issues; county will add No Dumping signage to the streetOur last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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Affordable HousingBCC - The goal was to identify a site and provide housing for the same number of homeless Brentwood averages in the homeless count each year (~55); then lobby for a no camping zone in Brentwood, similar to the shelter in downtown LABCC located a privately financed housing developer who sought only a long term lease at Section 8 rates per unit; we sought approval to build on multiple City and County parcels; we've no luck obtaining site control to date.Measure HHH affordable housing has reached almost $400K per unit to build and is not a solution.Continue searching for a site.Our last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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West LA Courthouse AreaCounty will be redeveloping this area, which will include affordable housing.West LA Council does not want to see housing for single adults; they were amenable to safe parking and we're waiting to see if we can support them on this issue.Continue to advocate for largest possible amount of affordable units on the site.Our last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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LitigationBCC Homelessness Task Force believes a judically mandated settlement conference for an immediate solution, similar to the Orange County case, may be a worthwhile focus; we also believe that the Supreme Court should agree to hear the Boise Case and make a final determination on homeless camping issues - by this we mean that the BCC should consider advocating that the court hear the case and express in our own brief the issues we see in the community due to homelessness, versus arguing the merits of the case or a specific outcome.The BCC voted in favor of filing an amicus brief on the Boise case - asking only that the Supreme Court hear the case to clarify multiple Federal rulings across the country; the brief was filed on 9/20/2019Time and effort to file supporting legal briefs is quite substantialLink to the Boise Case information here: Continue to seek cases for BCC approval to file input.Our last Task Force Meeting took place on Sep 7 @ 1130 AM, Brentwood Library
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LegislationState and City of San FranciscoTask Force should consider drafting a similar version to SB1045 or adopting it as isThis measure requires homeless to accept housing for 1 year under a court order if they have been subject to a mandatory mental health hold 8 or more times in the past year. Would impact the most expensive 1% of all homeless due to cost of persistent hospitalizations.
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Policy ChangesUse current resources more wisely1. Support Policy Change allowing Veterans to use housing vouchers for group housing; 2. Support increase in daily SSA reimbursement of $32 per day to $75 per day subsidized by Measure H for supportive services in group housing; 3. Support transferability of housing vouchers issued to Vets in Los Angeles to anywhere in the USA; 4. Support use of Section 8 housing vouchers issued to Los Angeles Homeless to any area in the USA if they cannot obtain housing within City of Los Angeles; 5. Advocate for large scale shelters and mental health facilities versus 1 person, 1 unit of permanent housing; 6. Increase funding and support for project LEAD; 7. Invest in a mobile "Homeless Court" and adjudicate issues on site at the encampments, such as erasing tickets in exchange for rehab and other current successful programs; 8. Invest in additional mobile mental health units to visit encampments and offer services; 9. Increase the number of LAPD and Sheriff Transient Units. Project LEAD Link
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