Today, Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, along with LA Councilmember José Huizar and homeless services representatives, unveiled Los Angeles’ first-ever Homeless Donation Meters — a unique program that will generate funds for the Skid Row-based City, County, Community (C3) program. C3 brings together County mental health, medical, rehabilitative, housing, and peer outreach teams directly onto the streets to assist those individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
“Combatting the homelessness crisis and ensuring every woman, man, and child has a safe roof over their heads is a top priority, but Homeless Donation Meters are only one tool in our arsenal to help address the homelessness crisis,” said Supervisor Solis. “Ending homelessness requires a collaborative, multi-pronged effort, and that is why I have been working hard at the County to bring mobile bathrooms and showers to homeless encampments, examining best practices to preserve housing affordability and improve upon tenant protections, and engaging developers, landlords, and property owners to create more affordable housing and creative housing options. Today’s unveiling is just one example of identifying unique and collaborative solutions to ensure that everyone can effectively navigate and leverage the resources the County has to offer to help end homelessness.”
In addition to today’s action, Supervisor Solis has allocated $2.6 million for COGs and homeless planning grants for cities who want to join the County in combatting homelessness. Furthermore, Supervisor Solis has extended the County’s Winter Shelter Program for the last two years to ensure that individuals and families experiencing homelessness have a safe and warm place to receive supportive services, eat a warm meal, and sleep.
Supervisor Solis knows that there is no magic solution to this growing problem; a blend of services, housing, healthcare, and compassion is needed to meet the needs of homeless individuals. Supervisor Solis has been a Countywide leader in identifying nontraditional ways to combat homelessness.
For example, Supervisor Solis is working to create a restorative care village — a “Healthy Village” — at LAC+USC Medical Center. This innovative environment will provide access to a new, comprehensive, whole-person approach to the interrelated and complex issues of homelessness, substance abuse, mental illness, housing, and health care. This new Healthy Village will include a sobering center, to help those with addiction find a new lease on life, and a 100-bed recuperative care center to ensure patients continue to receive care until they are fully healed.
Throughout her tenure, Supervisor Solis has expanded the County’s capacity to provide wraparound services and resources for individuals, including veterans and transitional-aged youth, who are experiencing homelessness. She is determined to provide the necessary resources and comprehensive support for those suffering from homelessness in order to help these vulnerable populations get on the right track.
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