Hollywood Chamber Supports Reinstatement of Comprehensive CARE+ Cleanups Citywide
A motion was introduced by Councilmember Buscaino to reinstate comprehensive CARE+ cleanups on a citywide level. If passed, the Department of Sanitation and Environment (LASAN) would be authorized to remove homeless encampments while essential wrap around services for those experiencing homelessness would be provided. CARE+ cleanups are a necessity to keep infection rates down and provide mental health services to those experiencing homelessness. Read the letter of support submitted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce here. To participate in the Action Alert and tell Council you support the reinstatement of CARE+ cleanups click here. The City Council is expected to take up this motion in Council session next week.
Ordinance to Prohibit Sheltering in Public Rights-of-Way, Outside of Nearby Shelters
A motion to amend multiple sections of the Los Angeles Municipal Code and a draft ordinance were discussed in City Council during a Special Hearing on Wednesday to (after the postage of signage) ban sitting, sleeping, or lying within up to 500 feet of a designated freeway overpass, underpass, ramp, tunnel, or pedestrian subway which impedes access to critical route provided by the infrastructure. The motion would also prohibit sheltering within 500 feet of certain supportive services locations. The Council heard passionate public comment and discussed the matter for numerous hours, ultimately deciding to continue the motion for hearing on November 24th. The Hollywood Chamber submitted a letter this week in strong support of this motion. This policy is intended to serve as a mechanism to encourage more communities to support A Bridge Home facilities. In areas where services are provided, this tool will be used as a way to deter the individuals seeking help does not fall back into old habits. Read the letter of support submitted by the Chamber here.
Hollywood Recreation Center Temporary Homeless Shelter
The Los Angeles City Council Homeless and Poverty Committee approved a motion directing the City Administrative Officer, Department of Engineering, and the Department of Recreation and Parks to generate a report discussing the feasibility of using the Hollywood Recreation Center on Cole Ave. as a temporary homeless shelter. Los Angeles’ homeless population has increased 16 percent from 2019 and requires the utmost attention from our local leaders and community in order to keep these vulnerable individuals safe from infection during the coronavirus pandemic. Read the letter of support submitted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce here.