L.A. County supervisors back Bass’ emergency declaration

Leaders from both the county and city of Los Angeles — two bureaucracies with massive roles in solving the area’s deepening homelessness crisis — vowed Tuesday to zero their fractured relationship.

The olive branch came during a board of directors meeting where borough leaders voted unanimously to endorse Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass Explanation of the state of emergency due to homelessness. Bass, who appeared at Tuesday’s meeting, said she wants to work hand-in-hand with the county as she tries to cut through the city’s cumbersome bureaucracy to get people off the streets quickly.

“The only way we can truly resolve this crisis is if we work together in full partnership,” Bass told the board.

Bass’ appearance marked a change of tenor between the city and county, whose relationship has increasingly grown full as the two jurisdictions squabbled over who should do what to help people living in clear crisis outside.

A federal The 2020 lawsuit filed by the LA Alliance for Human Rights, alleging that neither the city nor the county is doing enough to care for the area’s homeless population, only drove the wedge deeper than any bureaucracy the other accused of evading their responsibilities.

With a new mayor, a new one At sight and a new one CEO, the region’s leaders signaled that the days of finger-pointing are behind them. Bass said she will need the county on board as she embarks on a sweeping effort to accelerate the creation of affordable housing and get people off the streets.

The county appeared eager to help on Tuesday with the all-female board showering the new mayor with praise.

“We’ve been working towards it,” said CEO Janice Hahn, “but I’m sorry to say it: it took a woman.”

Left Mayor Karen Bass speaks to Supervisor Kathryn Barger, right,

Mayor Karen Bass speaks with Supervisor Kathryn Barger, right, after attending a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday to discuss county support for the City of Los Angeles during a state of emergency over homelessness in downtown Los Angeles.

(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Hahn organized the Tuesdays together with supervisor Kathryn Barger movementin which the chiefs of the Department of Mental Health, Department of Public Health, Department of Health Services and Department of Public Social Services — the four county departments that have the most contact with the homeless population — are asked to nominate one appointment each for the to represent her department at town meetings related to the Bass state of emergency.

The board says it will offer similar support to all other cities in Los Angeles County if they also decide to declare a state of emergency over homelessness.

The board is responding to a constituency who firmly believe the city and county are uniting to help the thousands of people living outside. A opinion poll The study, conducted last month, found that the vast majority of Los Angeles residents — over 95% — wanted to see the city and county join forces to end homelessness.

The same poll suggested that many voters, while desperate for city action on homelessness, were less concerned with the county. Only 38% of respondents believed that managers have the greatest responsibility for tackling homelessness; 62% said the mayor.

But the county plays a significant – if less precise – role in providing services to the tens of thousands of people who live outside. The Department of Mental Health sends out psychiatrist People with severe mental illnesses living on the streets. The Department of Health Services sends clinician out. The health department helps with vaccinations.

The Office of Public Social Services offers Cash benefits for people who are at risk of losing their home or are already living on the streets. And that of the district initiative for the homeless sets the budget for the pot of money generated from Measure H, a quarter-cent sales tax that county voters passed in 2017 for homeless services.

Tuesday’s motion aims to give all four county departments seats at Bass’s table as she begins to cut red tape, which she says is keeping people on the streets. Among other things, a declaration of emergency will allow Bass to get money faster for homeless services and accelerate the creation of affordable housing projects.

Bass has promised to bring in 17,000 people in her first year in office. According to the latest figures, more than 41,000 homeless people live in the city of Los Angeles number. The census revealed that homelessness affected approximately 69,000 people across LA County.

Supervisors said Tuesday they wanted to do more for the roughly 28,000 homeless people who live on streets outside Los Angeles city limits and would get little benefit from the city’s order. Barger urged the county to streamline its own permitting process and took a page from Bass’ playbook.

“As the city strengthens,” Barger said, “we, the county, must too.”

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-12-20/la-county-supervisors-pledge-support-bass-state-of-emergency-homelessness L.A. County supervisors back Bass’ emergency declaration

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