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First 100 Days

A Right to Housing: The Way Forward to Address Our Homelessness Crisis

Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA) Homeless Engagement Team outreach workers Casey Pratts and Donnese Smith visit a client under the Santa Monica Freeway along Venice Boulevard in Los Angeles on Oct. 2, 2020. (Photo Credit / Los Angeles County)

Look around and ask anyone — your friend, your family member, your neighbor, or even the owner of the local coffee shop where you grab your morning coffee and they’ll likely say the same thing: homelessness in our city has become more than a problem, it’s now the defining moral crisis of our time.   They’re… Continue reading A Right to Housing: The Way Forward to Address Our Homelessness Crisis

Homelessness and Systemic Inequality:
Overview And
Policy Brief

Mark Ridley-Thomas, PhD

Operationalizing a Crisis Response Strategy to Fight Homelessness through an Outreach Hub and Center for Interagency Policy and Action

In order to scale up the City’s response to the dual crises of homelessness and housing, the City Council unanimously approved two motions authored by Councilmember Ridley-Thomas, to establish a LAHSA Outreach and Coordination Hub and Center for Interagency Policy and Action.   The LAHSA Outreach and Coordination Hub would be located at 1819 S.… Continue reading Operationalizing a Crisis Response Strategy to Fight Homelessness through an Outreach Hub and Center for Interagency Policy and Action

Councilmember Ridley-Thomas’ Statement on His Appointment to Chair The Homelessness and Poverty Committee

“I want to thank Council President Martinez for this appointment. I am honored to continue the important work of addressing the moral crisis of our time—homelessness—at the City level. Los Angeles is the epicenter of homelessness, and with the crisis within a crisis of COVID-19, its resulting economic downturn and persisting racial inequities, we must… Continue reading Councilmember Ridley-Thomas’ Statement on His Appointment to Chair The Homelessness and Poverty Committee

Ensuring Angelenos Have a “Right to Housing”

In his first action as District 10 Councilmember, Mark Ridley-Thomas moved to address the moral crisis of homelessness. Co-authored by Councilmember O’Farrell, and seconded by Council President Martinez and Councilmember Blumenfield, the City Council (Council) will take steps to establish a legal, policy and budgetary framework that will pave the way for a “Right to… Continue reading Ensuring Angelenos Have a “Right to Housing”