PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion on Two Homeless Housing Sites in Sherman Oaks

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion directing the City Administrative Officer, the Bureau of Engineering, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and other officials to study two locations in Sherman Oaks for development as Emergency Temporary Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. The motion, introduced in the Council Chambers at Van Nuys City Hall, comes in response to a Citywide need for homeless housing. Two other homeless housing projects are currently underway in Council District Four. At present, there are no homeless housing projects in Sherman Oaks.

 

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August 3, 2018

 

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Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motion on Two Homeless Housing Sites in Sherman Oaks

 

Los Angeles -- Today, Councilmember Ryu introduced a motion directing the City Administrative Officer, the Bureau of Engineering, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, and other officials to study two locations in Sherman Oaks for development as Emergency Temporary Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing. The motion, introduced in the Council Chambers at Van Nuys City Hall, comes in response to a Citywide need for homeless housing. Two other homeless housing projects are currently underway in Council District Four. At present, there are no homeless housing projects in Sherman Oaks.

“I am proud to introduce the motion today to study two new sites for homeless housing, and to bring crucial housing and services to Sherman Oaks,” Councilmember Ryu said. “This motion represents a community that’s working together and a Sherman Oaks where everyone has a safe place to sleep at night.”

The two potential projects are located at 5161 Sepulveda Boulevard and 15314 West Dickens Street. The Dickens Street property, currently a City-owned parking lot, would become Permanent Supportive Housing, and the Sepulveda location, owned by the Army Reserve, would become Emergency Temporary Housing as part of Mayor Garcetti’s “A Bridge Home” program, if approved. Both projects were identified and recommended by the local Neighborhood Council and homeowners association, in a historic community collaboration on developing homeless housing and services.

“The Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council is proud to be on the forefront of helping find solutions to the homeless problem in Los Angeles.  Our goal is to change the phrase to ‘Yes In My Backyard’ as it relates to helping our fellow citizens in need,” Michael Binkow, Chair of the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council (SONC) Homeless Outreach Committee, said.

Jeff Kalban, Chair of both the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council Planning & Land Use Management and Vision Committees, said that SONC understood the “immensity and urgency of the homeless crisis in Los Angeles.”

“In coordination with the Homeless Committees of SONC and SOHA, we held 8 public meetings and reviewed over a dozen sites before identifying the two proposed locations,” Kalban said. “I know I can speak for all those involved that we are proud of Sherman Oaks and the community’s compassion in helping to find locations to build homes for our fellow citizens who have found themselves homeless.”

Tom Glick, a board member of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association who worked with SONC on identifying the sites, agreed.

“The Sherman Oaks Homeowners' Association (SOHA) is supportive of assisting the City in the current homelessness crisis by identifying locations within Sherman Oaks for the development of temporary housing and permanent supportive housing,” Glick said. “Both sites meet the criteria established when SOHA was asked to assist in finding locations in the community.  Both are good, solid, developable lots which are close to transit and commercial, retail and service corridors but not adjacent to any established residential communities.”

“Ending homelessness takes everybody - From the County, to the City, to residents rolling up their sleeves and committing to ending homelessness in their neighborhoods,” Councilmember Ryu said. “Sherman Oaks just showed the City how it’s done. Today’s motion is not just a win in our fight against homelessness, it’s also a win for true community collaboration on addressing the greatest issue of our time.”

Read the motion here.

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Los Angeles City Councilmember David E. Ryu represents the 4th Council District which includes Griffith Park, Sherman Oaks, Toluca Lake, Hollywood, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, Silver Lake, Miracle Mile, Hancock Park, Windsor Square, Larchmont and portions of Koreatown and Van Nuys.





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