Los Angeles City Council and the LA County Board of Supervisors approved Tuesday a slew of plans to address the homelessness crisis in the county and city. The goal is to get help for thousands of people living on the street.
#historic day 4 #CityofLA-council adopts our comprehensive #homelessness strategy! @mhdcd8 @mikebonin @ericgarcetti pic.twitter.com/ZYjBaUfwB4
— Jose Huizar (@josehuizar) February 9, 2016
The Los Angeles Times reports that the city and county have the most chronically homeless population in the nation. The city council declared the homeless situation a “state of emergency” last September and pledged $100 million dollars to help. The county also set aside $150 million for the cause.
Tuesdays approved plans brings blueprints for addressing housing in Los Angeles. KPCC reports that preventing more people from becoming homeless is a priority and the city wants to increase the amount of affordable housing, putting the price tags beneath market value. Both the city and county will put their support and dollars behind getting mentally ill and drug dependent people into housing.
Members of the council and board of supervisors both told the LA Times that the question now is where will the money come from. Housing efforts alone are estimated to cost more than $1.85 billion over the next decade.
Photo above: Mayor Garcetti and members of the City Council announce approval of city’s Homeless Strategic Plan. Photo: José Huízar/Twitter