Anyone who has cared for a relative with Alzheimer’s, autism, or dementia knows the fear of not knowing what might happen when you turn your back. 60% of individuals with Alzheimer’s and 49% of children with Autism will wander & go missing at some point in their lives. County Supervisor Janice Hahn’s team has been working hard on a program designed to help caregivers in LA County find their loved ones when they go missing and bring them home.We are a few weeks away from the launch date, but in the meantime check out this great video (nominated for a Local Emmy) about the ongoing search for Nancy Paulikas, the challenges caregivers face, and the people working on solutions.
The week of August 10, 2018 Councilmember Buscaino helped open 160 units of supportive and low-incoming housing in his district for the formerly homeless. The El Segundo Apartments and 127th Street Apartments in Harbor Gateway will help take many individuals and families off our streets and out of their cars, giving them a fair shot at life.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee worked closely with the Meta Housing Corporation during the planning process which started three years ago. Construction took about six months and we are pleased with how the building came out and the services provided to our community. We hope to partner with other developers in our community throughout the duration of projects to benefit Harbor Gateway.
Thank you to the Meta Housing Corporation for partnering with Los Angeles to make this project possible.
The Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Committee has started to review the Harbor Gateway Community Plan which was last updated in 1995. The Department of City Planning will be visiting the Harbor Gateway North area to discuss the Community Plan update process sometime in September. In the meantime, here is the link to the current Plan (which also covers the Harbor Gateway South area). For those of you living between Artesia and 120th Street in the Harbor Gateway Plan area, we want to hear your comments on what you like about our neighborhoods as they are and what improvements you would like to see for the next 25 years. The Plan update process is expected to take place over about a four year period.
There are plenty of people in L.A. County who come across individuals struggling with homelessness and don’t know how to get them help. LA-HOP is an innovative online tool that makes it easy for you to request help for people in need anywhere in L.A. County.
If this homelessness crisis has proven anything, it is that our county is full of compassionate, caring people and this online portal allows them to be part of the solution.
Councilmember Buscaino announced his plan to address homelessness recently. It includes a combination of Interim Housing, supportive housing, affordable housing, safe parking, and navigation centers in the five neighborhoods I represent. He provides this update August 2018:
My office has taken the first step in a very long process toward that goal, by asking the Mayor’s office to conduct a viability check on three sites for Interim Housing in Council District 15. The first location is a city-owned lot in Watts at 2316 East Imperial Highway. The second location is a state-owned lot in San Pedro at 515 North Beacon Street. The third location is a lot in Wilmington at 828 Eubank Avenue. These three sites are located in the neighborhoods with the most homeless individuals in my district and are a part of a comprehensive plan to move people off our sidewalks and into housing.
Each location will have 24/7 on-site security, receive additional enforcement and clean-ups in the surrounding areas, and beds will be assigned in advance to people already in the neighborhood. There will be no lines, no closing times and no loitering near the facilities.
My team and I have been working with local leaders and neighborhood councils to address homelessness. I hope that the individual neighborhood councils will discuss these sites and submit feedback. We will learn if the sites are feasible in late summer, and they will be publicly announced along with a series of open houses for each site. After that, there will be opportunities for public comment in early fall at the Homelessness and Poverty Committee and before the entire City Council.
We have already completed 78 units of supportive housing in Harbor Gateway and are opening 160 more units of supportive housing this summer. We are also looking at potential sites for safe parking locations throughout the district.
These efforts are being made in order to move the 105 people in Harbor City, the 178 people in Harbor Gateway, the 133 people in Watts, the 496 people in San Pedro and the 538 people in Wilmington experiencing homelessness off of our streets and connect them with housing and supportive services (2018 Greater Los Angeles Homelessness Count).
It will take comprehensive solutions to address the homelessness crisis in our district. This is just the first step in a long process to make our communities safer and get people off of our sidewalks and into housing.