I wanted to do a news post like my friends do to keep people informed. While they're really good at Country and World events I thought I would keep it local.
Today the Los Angeles City Council has approved action towards raising money to help alleviate the city's homelessness epidemic.
In the past few months volunteers and advocates have reported that as Veterans are removed from the street and placed into homes and given work there has been a 30% migration of homeless people that were not even accounted for.
These individuals are coming from Orange County and further Inland, but the issue is that they weren't part of the advocate groups census of homeless population.
So what has the city done leading up to this morning's vote? Many people think that they just try to band aid the issue. With reallocated funds from CalTrans and other areas, LA has moved 2.36 million dollars into job creation, this accompanied with 64.5 million given by The [Federal] Department of Labor Los Angeles has created a 90 day per person job schedule. These jobs are for ex-prisoners and ex-juvenile hall members who need experience getting their lives back to normal and learning to do regular and legal work. (http://tinyurl.com/j78ty8b)
How does helping ex-cons and criminals help lower Homelessness? Remember that 30% of un-accounted people that are migrating to Skid Row.? With Governor Brown releasing non-violent prisoners in massive amount, these people flood the Greater Los Angeles County. Not all of them can find a job, especially if they have a criminal record. The majority of these former prisoners end up on the street being part of the homeless population and only adding to a problem that feels like it will never be alleviated.
Now what led to the vote?
The main issue is the terribly named "Skid Row", which takes up everything inside Main St and Alameda between 3rd and 7th St., people in mobile homes around Venice Beach, and the public parks all round South Central Los Angeles.
Last week the LA City Council began discussing on banning homeless from living in their vehicles, especially at night. The bill that the council is currently working on would give people living in their vehicles a curfew to ensure safety and keep anyone from staying in one area for to long.
"At the city’s homelessness and poverty committee Wednesday, Councilman Mike Bonin proposed barring homeless people from “lodging” in vehicles parked by homes and schools, while allowing them to sleep in their cars and campers from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. in commercial areas and in designated city, nonprofit agency and church lots." (http://tinyurl.com/gv278lu)
Now if you have read all the way to this point we can talk about what is going to happen next. The city voted to approve a November ballot initiative that would authorize $1.2 billion in bonds to be issued over 10 years, as well as a parcel
tax measure that could raise $90 million per year until 2027.
This means that one or both measures could pass adding a 5-17 dollar per 100,000 parcel tax every year until 2027.
Now when you see them you know a bit of whats going on to help out the issue.