The Los Angeles City Council voted to explore establishing a Commission on Lived Experience with Homelessness Tuesday, addressing a motion that was originally filed by Councilman Mike Bonin back in 2019.
The advisory board would be composed of the very people affected by the issue — the currently or recently unhoused. According to the motion, the panel would be modeled after other city advisory commissions and would provide expert and real-world experience to help guide city actions on homelessness.
The council voted to seek the necessary funding and staffing to establish the commission, which would operate under the city’s Civil, Human Rights and Equity Department.
The council also sought a report on how to incorporate people with a lived experience of homelessness into the city’s existing commissions or to work with the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority’s existing commission.