Yesterday, hundreds of people came together to voice their opposition to the proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO). In a huge victory for the Stop CCFO Coalition, city council withheld a vote and established a working group to revise the ordinance. The working group is scheduled to report back in 90 days, making necessary changes to eliminate the negative impacts initially set forth under the CCFO.

“This is a major win, against tremendous odds, for the thousands of responsible, courageous Angelenos who rely on shared housing,” said Elise Buik, CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. “We thank the city council for recognizing the seriousness of this issue and for agreeing to develop an alternative ordinance that strengthens enforcement at nuisance properties while protecting housing for the city’s most vulnerable residents.”

The Stop CCFO Coalition, which continues to grow and now includes more than 160 organizations, packed city council chambers this yesterday morning. Speakers opposing the CCFO included Maria Elena Durazo (County Federation of Labor), Anne Williams (Central City Association) and Marqueece Harris-Dawson (Community Coalition), all of whom drew thunderous applause from the crowd. Councilmembers Richard Alarcon and Bill Rosendahl spoke out passionately against the current draft of the ordinance.

Thank you to all that have fought against the CCFO. Yesterday was a testament to the power of collaborative work and the strength of the Stop CCFO Coalition!

Stop CCFO Coalition – Press Release

 

The Community Care Facilities Ordinance (CCFO) is scheduled to be heard before City Council this Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Los Angeles City Hall.

The CCFO threatens shared housing in the City of Los Angeles, an option used by thousands to make housing affordable. The CCFO puts people at risk of losing their homes and ending up on our streets. Los Angeles is already the homeless capital of the nation; we need to find ways to end this problem, not make it worse!

In preparation for Wednesday’s hearing, the StopCCFO Coalition is calling for supporters to take the following actions:

1)      CALL YOUR COUNCILMEMBER. Call-in days, Monday, January 28th and Tuesday, January 29th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Please call your councilmember and urge him/her to vote NO on CCFO. You can also email your councilmember by clicking here and using the United Way of Greater Los Angeles advocacy page.

2)      ATTEND RALLY AT CITY HALL. On Wednesday, January 30th, before entering the Council Chambers, the StopCCFO Coalition will hold a rally at 9:00 AM on the South Side of City Hall (200 N Spring St., Los Angeles, CA 90012). RSVP on Facebook.

3)      TESTIFY IN FRONT OF COUNCIL. Tell councilmembers that we need more affordable housing options in the City of Los Angeles, not less! Express your opposition to the CCFO by completing a comment card as soon as you enter the Council Chambers at City Hall, Room 340.

Below you will find a list of districts and councilmembers in the City of Los Angeles. If you do not know your councilmember, click here to use your address to identify your representative.

Councilmembers and their contact information:

District 1: Ed Reyes (213) 473-7001

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District 2: Paul Krekorian (213) 473-7002

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District 3: Dennis P. Zine (213) 473-7003

District 4: Tom LaBonge (213) 473-7004

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District 5: Paul Koretz (213) 473-7005

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District 6: Tony Cardenas (213) 473-7006

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District 7: Richard Alarcon (213) 473-7007

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District 8: Bernard Parks (213) 473-7008

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District 9: Jan Perry (213) 473-7009

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District 10: Herb J. Wesson Jr. (213) 473-7010

District 11: Bill Rosendahl (213) 473-7011

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District 12: Mitchell Englander (213) 473-7012

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District 13: Eric Garcetti (213) 473-7013

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District 14: Jose Huizar (213) 473-7014

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District 15: Jose Buscaino (213) 473-7015

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Yesterday’s Stop CCFO press conference was featured in today’s Daily News. Here is what the newspaper had to say,

“A coalition of religious and community leaders joined housing advocates on Thursday in opposing a measure that would place strict regulations on boarding houses throughout the city.

Calling itself the STOP CCFO (Community Care Facilities Ordinance), the group began a lobbying campaign urging city officials to change or reject Councilman Mitch Englander’s proposal.

“If this goes ahead as it is written, it will take us back to 1955 when redlining was the rule,” and minorities were barred from living in certain neighborhoods, said Greg Spiegel, director of public policy of the Inner City Law Center. “

The article goes on to quote Jason Mandel of United Way who states,

“…the problems with the policy are seen by the different groups that oppose it.

“When the Central City Association, L.A. Chamber, AFL-CIO, homeless advocates, and 19 neighborhood councils are all on the same side of a policy battle, it says a lot about how flawed the policy is,” Mandel said.

“By eliminating a significant chunk of affordable housing, the ordinance would force people onto the streets … and would take housing away from veterans, the elderly who can’t afford to live anywhere else and can’t live independently and the disabled.” “

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This morning the Stop CCFO Coalition held a press conference on the steps of Los Angeles’ City Hall. Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., Rabbi Jonathan Klein, Pastor Lewis Logan and various interfaith leaders, veterans, and advocates for seniors, disabled and homeless individuals protested Councilmember Englander’s proposed “Community Care Facilities Ordinance” which would force thousands of vulnerable people out of their homes and violate civil rights. The morning’s speakers invoked the memory of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, who fought tirelessly to protect the civil liberties of all individuals, arguing that the CCFO would be a retroactive step to progress made during the Civil Rights Movement.

Rabbi Jonathan Klein, a member of Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE L.A.), told the crowd that the CCFO “is an economic justice issue. If we do not insure that people have access, which is a matter of economics, to housing we are going to find that all the struggles people have are going to be exasperated by being in the streets and by being socially isolated from one another.” He went on to say that, “on the most spiritual level, any pathway to recovery of peoples challenges and minds…requires removing the social isolation, the loneliness, the vaporization to their relationship to this world. The CCFO would do just the opposite.”

Reverend James M. Lawson, Jr., a civil rights leader who worked side by side Dr. Martin Luther King from 1956 to 1968, concluded the press conference by expressing his disappointment that, as we near the celebration of Dr. King’s birthday, the legislature is considering an “ordinance that is contrary to the best this country is supposed to represent; that is contrary to the best interest to the people of Los Angeles.”

Following the press conference advocates visited the offices of all Los Angeles City Councilmembers, urging them to protect affordable housing options and residential choice for thousands of low-income individuals.

If passed the CCFO will restrict shared housing in single family neighborhoods, an option almost 50,000 Los Angelenos use to make housing affordable. HELP STOP THE CCFO.  Keep up to date with the latest news regarding the CCFO by visiting www.stopccfo.org. You can also message your representatives directly by clicking here to utilize United Way’s advocacy page.

Together we can protect affordable housing in the city of Los Angeles! 

Affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles is in danger! The proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance threatens to eliminate affordable housing options for thousands of low income households in the city. The CCFO restricts shared housing in single family neighborhoods, an option almost 50,000 Angelenos use to make housing affordable. This puts thousands of people at risk of homelessness.

What can you do to stop the CCFO? The majority of Los Angeles City Councilmembers are currently undecided on the CCFO. However, the ordinance is coming up for a vote soon. This Thursday, January 10th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., housing advocates will be organizing a “Lobby Day” to reach out to councilmembers and ask them to take a stance against the CCFO.

WE NEED YOUR HELP. Please join us as we visit Los Angeles councilmembers at City Hall and ask them to protect affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles. If you are able to spend the entire day, or just a couple of hours, visiting your representatives, please email Alisa Orduña at aorduna@unitedwayla.org.

Can’t make it to Lobby Day? Keep up to date with the latest news regarding the CCFO by visiting www.stopccfo.org. You can also message your representatives directly by clicking here to utilize United Way’s advocacy page.

Everyone has the right to a home. Stop CCFO!

In 2007, Los Angeles City Council introduced a motion intended to eliminate sober living homes from residential areas. While the ordinance was unsuccessful in 2007, Councilmember Mitchell Englander has since revived the proposed legislation- now known as the Community Care Facilities Ordinance. Although initially intended to specifically target sober living facilities, in its current form the ordinance casts a much wider net and has the potential to eliminate shared housing options for over 43,000 families in the City of Los Angeles.

By threatening the living situation of thousands of individuals, the Community Care Facilities Ordinance will increase homelessness. Various organizations have taken a public stance against the ordinance and earlier this month Barbara Poppe, Executive Director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), joined in opposition. Barbara reached out to Mitchell Englander to voice the USICH’s concerns over the ordinance’s potential impact on homelessness in Los Angeles. USICH’s letter highlights the growing alarm surrounding the ordinance- the potential devastating impacts are now garnering national attention. In her letter, Barbara writes:

“As has been well documented, Los Angeles suffers from a severe lack of affordable housing; consequently, the rate and extent of homelessness is one of the highest in the country. The proposed ordinance, if enacted, would further reduce available affordable housing options, eliminate rental supports from physically and mentally disabled individuals living in shared housing, and worsen the tenuous living situations of many of Los Angeles’ low-income households.”

Barbara also points out that, through the leadership of the City and County of Los Angeles and the Home For Good Action Plan, Los Angeles has made great strides towards reducing chronic and Veteran homelessness. USICH believes that the proposed ordinance is “a considerable step backwards in these efforts.”

Let’s not increase homelessness in Los Angeles! Learn more about the ordinance and join us in opposition by visiting www.StopCCFO.org.

Read the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness’ full letter to Councilmember Englander: USICH’s Letter to Englander

On June 19, 2012 Los Angeles Times featured Elise Buik’s, United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ CEO, response to the June 13th Column “Group homes law needs work.” This is what Elise had to say:

The Los Angeles City Council has a critical opportunity to protect housing for our most vulnerable neighbors. Its vote on the Community Care Facilities Ordinance will decide whether thousands of low-income city residents will be in jeopardy of losing their housing.

This ordinance will not only limit access to affordable housing but also increase our city’s costs with unnecessary litigation and restrictions to federal funding, not to mention create a red tape nightmare for property owners and tenants. The City Council should be focusing on how we can improve enforcement of existing nuisance abatement laws, not adding more bureaucratic, costly laws that will do more damage than good.

The City Council should demonstrate that it cares for all our residents by creating a solution that fosters strong, healthy communities for everyone.

-Elise Buik

Click HERE for a direct link to the post.

The Community Care Facilities Ordinance will eliminate shared housing in single family neighborhoods in the City of Los Angeles, putting thousands of people at risk of homelessness. United Way of Greater Los Angeles is taking a strong stance against the ordinance and working with dozens of local organizations to co-lead this effort!

United Way has put together a website to house a wide array of information regarding the ordinance. Advocates can now visit StopCCFO.org for more information on the Community Care Facilities Ordinance, including legal opinions, top 7 myths, and prospective housing and financial impact of the ordinance. StopCCFO.org allows visitors to see where their councilmembers stand on the issue, send letters to their local representatives urging their opposition, and join hundreds of other community members that have signed the petition to stop the Community Care Facilities Ordinance.

Will you be impacted if the Community Care Facilities Ordinance passes? Tell us your story! Use the comment box on the website’s landing page to tell us how the ordinance will negatively impact you or clients your organization serves.

Please help us keep the community informed on any upcoming advocacy efforts by emailing us at homeforgoodla@unitedwayla.org. Visit StopCCFO.org for information on the ordinance and follow Home For Good on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Please help us protect affordable housing in the City of Los Angeles, ask your local representatives to oppose the Community Care Facilities Ordinance!

In the City of Los Angeles, almost 50,000 low income households use shared housing to maintain a roof over their heads. By eliminating shared housing, the Community Care Facilities Ordinance will put thousands of people at risk of homelessness.

Say NO to the Community Care Facilities Ordinance and ask your local City Council representatives to OPPOSE the bill by signing the online petition.

Click here to learn more about the Community Care Facilities Ordinance and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on the ordinance.

On May 2, 2012, Mark Horvath from Invisible People wrote a blog about the proposed Community Care Facilities Ordinance. The article was featured on the Huffington Post. This is what Mark had to say:

“I hate politics. I do. Politics always seem so complicated — I like things simple. Plus, to me, politics means “lots of talk and little action.” I’d rather just start working hard to make things better than to waste years arguing who is right or wrong. But obviously if you’re someone like me who gives their all to fight homelessness, politics cannot be avoided. That’s the case with the Community Care Facilities Ordinance. Here I am minding my own business, just trying to build Invisible People while battling my own survival, and I start to hear all this chatter about some law that could hurt what little affordable housing we have now.

From what I understand Councilmember Mitchell Englander, representing 12th District Northwest San Fernando Valley, is proposing a citywide ordinance in an attempt to regulate sober living homes. But it looks like the ordinance is based on NIMBYism and may drastically reduce affordable housing for disabled, veterans, elderly, homeless, and other marginalized people.”

In discussing why the ordinance is bad news for affordable housing in Los Angles, Mark references housing advocates, Greg Spiegel -Director of Policy and Communications at Inner City Law Center- and Kerry Morrison – Executive Director of Hollywood Business Improvement District, who agree that the ordinance will have devastating effects throughout the city. Mark urges readers to take an important step to stop this harmful ordinance:

“We can stop this! The United Way [disclosure: former client] has listed all of Los Angeles’s council member’s contact info along with a nifty tool to create a letter on this blog post. The office for Councilmember Englander twitter account is here and maybe he’s listening. Please be respectful, but please let Councilmember Englandar know how you feel about this insane ordinance that’s headed down a path to cost tax payers lots of money.”

Read the full article HERE