PRESS RELEASE: Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motions to expand Homeless Housing

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced two motions to expand homeless housing in the City of Los Angeles today, seeking both a scattered site housing program and an extensive list of publicly-owned property in the City that could be suitable for affordable, bridge and permanent supportive housing.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

May 20, 2020

Contact for Councilmember Ryu:

Mark Pampanin

mark.pampanin@lacity.org

213.407.7616

Councilmember Ryu Introduces Motions to expand Homeless Housing

LOS ANGELES - Councilmember Ryu introduced two motions to expand homeless housing in the City of Los Angeles today, seeking both a scattered site housing program and an extensive list of publicly-owned property in the City that could be suitable for affordable, bridge and permanent supportive housing.

“This pandemic has hollowed out our economy, and the effect on our unhoused neighbors has been devastating - and it could get even worse,” Councilmember Ryu said. “We must do everything we can to expand our homeless housing immediately, and work with every level of government to turn their vacant land into affordable and homeless housing.”

Scattered site homeless housing programs place individuals experiencing homelessness in already-existing homes and apartments in the private market. Ongoing services are provided to support residents as they transition out of homelessness. This relatively fast and proven way to house individuals has already been implemented by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services in partnership with LA nonprofit Brilliant Corners, which has housed over 7,000 people since 2014.

The second motion seeks to identify property in the City of Los Angeles owned by City, County, State and Federal agencies. While the City already has an extensive list of publicly-owned property under its purview, numerous parcels owned by other levels of government continue to sit empty. For example, the federal government owns an empty lot in Sherman Oaks that Councilmember Ryu has spent years trying to turn into bridge housing, and the State of California owns over a dozen empty homes in El Sereno. Out of frustration with government inaction and a desperate need for shelter, families experiencing homelessness moved themselves into many of these homes in March.

Read the scattered site housing motion, seconded by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, here.

Read the publicly owned property motion, seconded by Councilmember Paul Koretz, here.

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Assistant City Council President Pro Tempore David E. Ryu represents Los Angeles’ 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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