IN THE NEWS
PPTFH tracks initiatives and legislation that relate to homelessness in Pacific Palisades and Los Angeles. Two policy areas, in particular, impact PPTFH’s—and LA’s—ability to successfully address the homelessness issue: mental health (especially involving the gravely disabled) and housing. Links to informative articles chronicling developments in these two areas are provided here.
August 26, 2019
8,000 units of permanent housing will be constructed using HHH funds. 1,000 of which are expected to be ready to occupy in 2020. An additional 3,713 are forecast to open in 2021.
August 24, 2019
Responding to a challenge from Mayor Eric Garcetti, developers proposed various strategies to build housing for the homeless faster and cheaper.
John Betz and Heidi Roberts of the nonprofit Haaven offer shared housing for chronically homeless.
August 7, 2019
Newsom rejects the plan proposed by Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley Thomas to build shelter for every homeless person and enact forced acceptance of shelter.
July 21, 2019
Homeless Task Force co-chairs, Darrell Steinberg and Mark Ridley-Thomas, consider a policy that requires enough shelter to be provided for every homeless person that wants to come indoors.
July 17, 2019
Darrell Steinberg’s op-ed explaining his right-to-shelter plan.
“The right to shelter must be paired with the obligation to use it. Living on the streets should not be considered a civil right.”
July 21, 2019
A breakdown of the types of accommodations the 21,631 housed homeless found last year.
June 26, 2019
An overview of the issues surrounding the homeless crisis in L.A.
June 18, 2019
L.A. County Board of Supervisors to look into leasing motel rooms for interim housing and motel parking lots for Safe Parking program.
June 11, 2019
Los Angeles landlords who keep apartments empty to wait for higher rents could face a new tax under a plan to help the city's homeless.
June 5, 2019
“Our housing crisis is our homeless crisis”—Elise Buik, president and chief executive of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles
June 4, 2019
Venice residents fight back against proposals to build shelters in their community
June 4, 2019
A major factor cited for the worsening situation was the rising cost of housing, coupled with wage stagnation at the lower end of the income spectrum that has led to a housing affordability crisis across Southern California.
April 21, 2019
To get close to the 10,000-unit goal of Proposition HHH, they will need to tap other sources of funding from the state and employ new ideas for building housing less expensively.
February 13, 2018
Most homelessness policies work on the premise that the homeless person has to sort their problems out before they can get permanent accommodation. Finland does the opposite - it gives them a home first.
July 30, 2019
Plunging conservatorship numbers in SF mean more severely mentally ill people deteriorating on the streets.
June 28, 2019
After the bill to amend the definition of ‘gravely disabled’ failed to pass, the next step is to see how the law is being carried out, whether it is consistent and effective, and if it needs updates and improvements.
June 26, 2019
Councilmembers Call for Court-ordered Help for Those with Severe Mental Health or Substance Abuse Issus
After SB 1045 passed in San Francisco, counclmembers Jose Huizar and David Ryu call for implementation of the bill in Los Angeles
June 5, 2019
SB 1045 passed in San Francisco. LA and San Diego haven’t yet pursued the implementation of the bill.
May 22, 2019
Gov. Newsom names Darrell Steinberg to co-chair homeless task force and Dr. Tom Insel to be a key advisor on mental health policy
Dr. Tom Insel, former Director of NIMH, will be a voluntary advisor to Gov. Newsom’s homelessness task force.
April 22, 2019
The Office of Diversion and Reentry for mentally ill inmates has been a success and will be expanded by 500 beds a year.
April 17, 2019
Jonathan Sherin M.D., Ph.D. talks about what an ideal mental health care system would look like in L.A
April 10, 2019
Spurred in part by their students, psychiatry faculty are now working to help people who are homeless get better mental health care and permanent housing
November 19, 2018
Many of the consequences of mental illness—including homelessness—are seen as falling outside the scope of medical care. The criminal justice system often ends up filling the void left by demedicalization.
If you missed our guest speaker, watch her powerful Ted talk from 2012, or buy her book, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
October 2, 2018
SB 1045 allows three CA counties (LA, SF, SD) to place someone under conservatorship for treatment for mental illness or addiction if they have been on a 5150 hold eight times in one year
August 29, 2018
The argument for and against changing the Lanterman-Petris-Short Act; and the bills proposed to help homeless individuals with mental illness get treatment.
by Steve Lopez
Los Angeles Times
"It’s hard to accept that in a state with such riches, there are so many tens of thousands of homeless people, and so many barriers to helping obviously afflicted people. But over the past 18 months in the Palisades, the efforts by volunteers, public and non-profit employees have led to a 40% decline in the homeless population..."