LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 14, 2020) – Los Angeles Business Council President Mary Leslie today released the following statement regarding an interim set of recommendations on addressing homelessness issued by the Council of Regional Homeless Advisors:
“We commend the Council of Regional Homeless Advisors for their efforts developing a comprehensive set of strategic budget and policy recommendations that acknowledge the great urgency required to confront this humanitarian crisis on our streets. Their proposal reflects the need to break with longstanding practices to more aggressively expand access to interim and permanent housing as well as supportive services to address what the report aptly describes as a ‘mounting catastrophe.’
Right now, nearly 60,000 people are experiencing homelessness across L.A. County, with an average of three people dying daily on our streets. A recent poll commissioned by the LABC Institute and the Los Angeles Times found that voters nearly unanimously named homelessness as the No. 1 most serious issue facing the region, with 75% supporting legal action that would prioritize bringing people indoors.
To that end, we strongly support the task force’s proposal to create a legally enforceable, results-based accountability mandate to end homelessness. As one of the first organizations to publicly support and advocate for this type of policy approach, we firmly believe that alleviating this crisis can no longer be voluntary. Both state and local governments should be held accountable to meet specific benchmarks and timelines for housing their homeless populations.
We urge government officials in Sacramento and across the state to support the proposed mandate to bring unsheltered people indoors and look forward to reviewing further details of the task force’s proposal, including a timeline and financing strategy.”
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