In his first Los Angeles City Council meeting since being sworn in last week, Kevin de Leon Tuesday introduced two motions to increase the number of transitional housing units for homeless people throughout his district, which includes all of Skid Row, portions of downtown and Boyle Heights.
De Leon was appointed a week ago to fill the District 14 seat that had been vacant since Jose Huizar was suspended from the council in June.
“Starting on day one, we are pushing for the construction of more than 200 new beds and prioritizing nine sites throughout CD 14 for potential new interim housing projects,” de Leon said. “Responding to the needs of our unhoused neighbors through this public health crisis must be among our top priorities as a district and as a city.”
The first motion seeks to establish a partnership between the city and county of Los Angeles to build up to 232 homeless housing units on a newly purchased lot. These new beds would be constructed at 1060 N. Vignes St., between Union Station and the Homegirl Cafe.
The motion seeks funding for the transitional housing to cover $55 a night from March 1 to June 30, 2025.
De Leon’s second motion seeks additional locations to construct homeless housing, directing city departments to determine the feasibility of new projects at nine private property sites within the district.
A half-dozen of those sites are located in heavily industrial areas in and around downtown, where the greatest need for shelter is concentrated, de Leon said. The remaining three sites would serve Boyle Heights, the Arts District, and El Sereno.
Both de Leon’s motions will first be heard by the Homelessness and Poverty Committee.
The former California Senate president pro tem was sworn in last Thursday to the 14th District seat that had been held by Huizar, who is accused of accepting $1.5 million in bribes from developers in exchange for his support of downtown building projects.
Huizar has pleaded not guilty to charges in a 34-count racketeering indictment and faces trial next June.
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