Why Don’t We Create Sheltered Neighborhoods?

By | Jul 12, 2018

jon-tyson-660171-unsplashFor more than two decades, I have led a homeless services and housing development agency that was started here in Los Angeles. I have seen dozens of plans, initiatives, policies, ordinances and lawsuits designed to address homelessness. And yet, our communities continue to be inundated with people living on our streets.

Ironically, nearly every stakeholder (business owners, residents, political leaders and even people living on our streets) would agree on the end goal — a community without homelessness. For years, however, our communities have fought over how to reach that goal, proposing such initiatives as arresting the homeless to providing a shelter bed for everyone.

The Jones settlement was a result of this contentious discourse. Simply put, the city of Los Angeles wanted to ban people from sleeping on sidewalks, while advocates argued that people had no where else to sleep given the dearth of shelters and housing units.  Read More »

Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

By | Jun 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Building More Housing: NIMBY Should Be PMBY

The major issue today is finding neighborhoods that will allow us to set up shelters, services, or permanent housing in their backyards.

An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

By | Jun 13, 2018 | Comments Off on An Ambidextrous Approach to Ending Homelessness

While some of us can tune political divisiveness out by turning off our televisions and radios there are others who are the real victims of this discord; the homeless. The left/right divide halts action and in this instance, has the unfortunate outcome of people continuing to sleep on our streets. Just this past week Housing […]

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