DISTRICT 4 Newsletters
Exploring citywide solutions for RV homelessness | 11/23/22
November 23, 2022
LA’s response to our growing homelessness crisis has been fragmented and reactive, focused on short-term answers rather than long-term and sustainable solutions that really end homelessness.
Our city’s response to the growing population of people experiencing homelessness who live in RVs is emblematic of our system’s challenges. Nearly 6,500 people live in about 4,000 RVs across the city, according to the last homeless count. They make up 22% of all residents experiencing unsheltered homeless in Los Angeles.
While some of the RVs people use as dwellings on the street are well-maintained, others are in grave disrepair, meaning that people living in them face unsanitary and sometimes dangerous conditions. Many of these vehicles aren’t equipped with adequate hygiene facilities, some don’t have functioning heat or air conditioning, and some aren’t operable at all. RVs have also posed challenges for the neighborhoods in which they are located, including the release of untreated effluent onto city streets and public safety risks, including fires from external generators. Sometimes, residents of RVs are actually paying rent to the vehicle‘s owner, spending significant sums to live in substandard conditions.
Right now, our city’s *primary* response to RV homelessness is to put up signs restricting when oversized vehicles can park in a particular location. In response, vehicles usually move to another block — which means that these bans just move people experiencing homelessness from one street to another, instead of moving them into a home. Unsurprisingly, our short-sighted approach has led to an increase of 40% in the number of people experiencing homelessness who live in RVs since 2018.
Our approach to RV homelessness in LA simply hasn’t worked — people living in these vehicles aren’t being met with the services they deserve, and people living in neighborhoods that are dealing with issues resulting from RVs aren’t getting solutions.
LA needs a whole host of new responses to RV homelessness, and that’s exactly what my office has proposed in our new motion. Some of the options we’re asking the city to look into:
We’ve also identified some possible funding strategies for these programs, including an application to receive one of Governor Newsom’s Encampment Resolution Funding grants. Our office received a grant from this source earlier this year for a project focused on the River. The Governor has significantly expanded this funding, and cities will soon have an opportunity to apply.
A new Mayor and new leadership in the Council will be seated in less than a month. We’re in a moment of opportunity to advance holistic approaches to our city’s most persistent tragedy.
With love, hope, and wishes for a happy Thanksgiving,
I. Updates From City Hall — Day of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims, Eviction Moratorium Updates, Committee On Governance Reform
NAVIGATING OUT OF THE EVICTION MORATORIUM, IMPLEMENTING PERMANENT RENTER PROTECTIONS | MORE INFO
NEXT STEPS ON AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON GOVERNANCE REFORM
WE’RE HIRING! FIELD DEPUTY POSITION OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS | MORE INFO
For more info and to apply, click HERE.
CITY OF LA SINGLE PARENT CHILDCARE GRANTS | MORE INFO
Funds will be used to compensate approved, licensed child care providers and will be paid directly to the provider. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
LA CONSERVANCY LEGACY BUSINESS GRANT | DEADLINE TO APPLY: DECEMBER 7 | MORE INFO
The Legacy Business Grant will award ten $5,000 grants to eligible small businesses that have operated and contributed to their community’s history and/or identity for at least 20 years. There will be two rounds of funding, and with five grants awarded in each round, round 1 will close on December 7. For more information and to apply, click HERE.
PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY BEAUTIFICATION REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL | DEADLINE TO APPLY: DECEMBER 16 | MORE INFO
The Office of Community Beautification is seeking proposals from qualified contractors for a variety of community beautification services within the City of LA including litter & weed abatement, tree planting services, operation of a Youth Employment Program & more! For more information, click HERE.
PATH OUTREACH CASE MANAGER (CD4 RIVER PROJECT) | APPLY HERE
WILDLIFE ORDINANCE COMMISSION HEARING | NEW DATE! DECEMBER 8 | MORE INFO
LA’s City Planning Commission (CPC) announced during its November 17 meeting that the proposed Wildlife Ordinance has been continued and will now be heard at the regularly scheduled meeting on December 8, 2022. The agenda for this meeting will be made available ten days before the hearing, on Tuesday, November 29, and will be posted at planning4la.org/hearings.
The City Planning Department has revised the ordinance following the staff-level public hearing in July to incorporate constituent feedback — key changes to the proposed ordinance are provided in the Planning Department’s Summary of Ordinance and Revision. The Staff Report details these changes, and includes information regarding the background of the project, the basis for the proposed regulations, summary of outreach and engagement activities, and more.
HELP SHAPE METRO’S FY2024 BUDGET | MORE INFO
With the tool, you will be asked to make spending trade-offs based on what you believe is best for LA County’s transit needs. The information you provide is used by the entire Metro team, and helps ensure that transportation services receive an equitable share of public resources. To try out My Metro Budget, click HERE.
LEARN ABOUT LA’S FAIR HOUSING ASSESSMENT AT A VIRTUAL INFO SESSION| MORE INFORMATION
Join to learn about the laws that protect your access to housing and help us identify housing barriers in your community. Meetings will target specific areas of the city but are open to all.
Register and attend a meeting of your choice by clicking a link below:
L.A. ZOO LIGHTS | NOW – JANUARY 22 | MORE INFORMATION
Take a 90-minute stroll through the animal kingdom filled with desert, garden, and jungle landscapes complete with larger-than-life glowing sculptures, magical lights, and immersive exhibits in a dazzling display of light and color. Guests can enjoy several animated and interactive displays and numerous photo opportunities! For more information and to purchase tickets, click HERE.
CD4 + SONC ANNUAL DONATION DRIVE | DECEMBER 3 @ 11 AM-2 PM | FLYER
Join the Sherman Oaks Neighborhood Council and Council District 4 for the Annual Drive to benefit the NoHo Home Alliance. Donations requested include:
Donations can be dropped at Notre Dame High School (13645 Riverside Dr) at the Woodman Ave entrance on Saturday, December 3, from 11 AM to 2 PM.
CD4 + FRIENDS ENCINO TOY DRIVE | NOVEMBER 28-DECEMBER 23
CD4 HOLIDAY FOOD DRIVE | NOW-DECEMBER 31
Coordinate donation drop-off at our Sherman Oaks Field Office (14930 Ventura Blvd) during weekday working hours by contacting Field Deputy Ryan Ahari at email@example.com or (213) 424-2412.
Stay tuned for a one-day drive-through donation drop off event in multiple locations in the district later this month!
SHERMAN OAKS TOY DRIVE | DECEMBER 3 @ 1 PM-4PM | FLYER + INFORMATION