September 5, 2018: It’s a big day for Los Angeles — we’re taking a major step forward in our City’s work to find homes for unsheltered Angelenos, and I wanted you to know.
Today, we are excited to announce the opening of L.A.’s first bridge housing site at El Pueblo, which will open its doors to homeless Angelenos in just a few short days. It is the first facility to open under my plan for temporary emergency housing, A Bridge Home.
A Bridge Home sites are built to be safe and welcoming — offering not just warm beds, meals and hot showers, but also access to mental health services, drug and alcohol treatment, and pet accommodations — as well as around-the-clock, on-site care. Our goal is to help homeless Angelenos recover from the trauma and poverty that forced them onto the streets and put them on a path to supportive housing.
This video explains how the facilities in this program will work:
The housing at El Pueblo will be occupied by people living in encampments in the immediate surrounding area. Residents were identified by outreach teams who have walked the neighborhood’s streets every day for months to connect with homeless Angelenos already living in the community, and prepare them to move indoors.
Today, we have one message for the men and women who will soon move into this facility: Welcome home.
You can read more at LAMayor.org/ABridgeHome.
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.
Harbor Gateway Neighborhood Council, District 6 Representative Marvin Bell attended the event against gun violence held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at the corner of Manchester and Vermont. Hundreds of shoes lined the street of Vermont at Manchester. Each pair of shoes represented a life that was tragically taken as a result of gun violence. Assemblyman Mike Gipson (D-64) urged #NotOneMore and the proliferation against Ghost Guns – Homemade guns without serial numbers. #NoGhostGuns
KTLA5 reported that Assemblyman Gipson is calling for a change in the nation’s existing gun laws that allow for the purchase of gun parts which enables the assembly of “ghost guns.”
Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council Board Member Larry Morrison was honored June 2018 for his assuming the role of father to children in his neighborhood.
The local Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Delta Sigma chapter, has been conducting the Honor Our Fathers (HOF) Event for the past 8 years.
Its purpose is two-fold. First, to recognize primarily unsung African American men for their positive contributions to family, community and our world in general. Second, it serves as a fund raising vehicle to support our scholarship program.
The HOF event is held annually, the day before Fathers Day. In keeping with their African roots, they recognize men in the following categories: Shujaa – Single Father Award, Anajali – Married Father Award, Hekima – Mentor Father Award, Mzee – Senior Elder Father Award, and Marehemu – Deceased Father Award.
Larry Morrison was nominated in the Hekima – Mentor Father Award category as a man who has no biological children. However, he has assumed the role of “father” for children in his neighborhood by providing role modeling and mentorship for those whom he has no legal or moral obligation.
Larry is a Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council board member and district representative. As such he advocates for his community in areas like public safety, clean streets and environmental justice. But, Larry has taken his role a step farther. He has personally adopted his neighborhood elementary school and volunteers there working with faculty to spend quality time with special needs young African American boys who have no father figure. He also acts as a chaperone on school outings, tutors, and arranges meaningful and fun activities on campus for boys and girls. As a role model for clean and safe streets, he coordinates clean-up projects and has arranged for refuse bins placed under a freeway overpass near to the school, where illegal dumping frequently occurs, to ensure a safe passage for children. Larry works diligently with neighbors and faculty to keep them filled to improve the quality of life in the neighborhood.
Larry understands the importance of the extended family and is a positive role model. He lends himself to help children as a mentor, motivator, coach, and protector. Thank you Larry for your service and congratulations on this honor.
Gardena Elementary School Principal Blanca Cantu, Bryan Davis and Rey Quiroz
135th Street: Bryan Davis, Principal Dr. Pablo Osorio, Assistant Principal Traci Kanemitsu, and Rey Quiroz
116th Street Elementary: Richard Lee, Principal Tyra Brookins-Henderson, School Staffer, and Rey Quiroz
On May 23, 2018 Bryan Davis, the Chair of the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council’s Ad Hoc Homeless Issues Committee, along with other committee members and a stakeholder, delivered 150 backpacks filled with toiletries to the Principals and staff of the Council’s five elementary schools: 116th Street, 118th Street, Figueroa Street, 135th Street, and Gardena Elementary School. This is the second year for this project which was suggested by Bryan Davis, who works for LAUSD and realized that the toiletries for homeless youth attending the elementary schools was a need which local schools were not able to fund.
The evening before, eleven committee members and stakeholders had helped to fill the bags with the toiletries via a well-organized assembly line in just a half hour. The bags also included a brochure about the Harbor Gateway North Neighborhood Council and the types of activities which the Neighborhood Council supports.
Mayor Garcetti delivered his State of the City Address April 16 saying that he needs the help of Angelenos to improve our quality of life in Los Angeles. This coming fiscal year, please consider joining the Mayor, the City Council, City departments, and community partners to spur economic growth in key industries, improve regional infrastructure connectivity, and ensure everyone benefits from the progress of the City.
In his address, the Mayor said the word “neighborhood” 25 times, which is a call not just to City Departments to take action, but a partnership opportunity for all Neighborhood Councils to engage in those instances where resources are being planned for neighborhoods. Here are a few objectives for the year:
On eradicating homelessness in the City, the Mayor called for a partnership with NCs to help in City Hall’s efforts to provide more long term solutions to the needs of homeless Angelenos, and I quote, “I met with business leaders, service providers, and the 44 Neighborhood Council homelessness liaisons from across L.A. to brief them on our efforts. They all plan to work closely with their Councilpersons to identify sites and build support for safe parking, shelter, and storage for homeless Angelenos. And it starts here at City Hall, where everyone shares in the responsibility of ending this crisis.”