More than 335 persons experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles left the streets and entered housing since June, according to a report obtained Friday as part of a city and county agreement to provide beds for indigent people under the threat of the coronavirus.
Of the target homeless populations, shelter has been provided for 20 people previously located within 500 feet of a freeway, 36 indigent persons aged 65 or older, and 282 otherwise vulnerable people during the period of June 16 to Thursday, according to the city’s Homeless Roadmap Quarterly Report, filed late Thursday in Los Angeles federal court.
The document reports the type of interventions being developed in each council district, the number of beds provided in each, the status of the projects, and the number of people from each of the three target populations helped to move indoors. During the current period, interventions opened by the city have a capacity of 857 beds.
The report is the first issued since Los Angeles city and county officials resolved a deadlock that held up action in an agreement to provide 6,700 beds and services for the region’s most vulnerable residents.
According to a binding term sheet filed this week, the city is responsible for creating 5,300 new beds by April and 700 additional new beds by December 2021 for a total of 6,000 new beds. The city also must provide an additional 700 beds by April that “may be beds previously captured in an agreement or plan between the city and county,” according to the county’s notice.
To assist in funding services for the 6,000 new beds, the county will pay the city up to $60 million per year for five years. The county will pay to the city a one-time bonus of $8 million if the 5,300 new bed target is reached within 10 months.
The first payment of $17.6 million to the city was made on Sept. 1 in compliance with the term sheet.
U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte Jr. wrote that, with Christmas fast approaching, “both governments need to act now. History should not be doomed to repeat itself here, and the court is committed to ensuring that the city and county work together” to bring the homeless off the streets.
The report is part of the settlement of a lawsuit brought by the L.A. Alliance for Human Rights, a coalition of Skid Row-area business owners, formerly homeless and disabled city dwellers, who accuse the city and county of dragging their feet in not doing enough to get the homeless off city streets and into housing — especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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