Homeless outreach teams ready to bring services to the streets
via L.A. Times
In a nutshell: With nearly $20 million flowing in this year from the Measure H homeless sales tax, street outreach has become the most visible of the county's 21 homeless strategies and the first to show measurable effects.
Quote of note: “No one has ever done the level of street outreach that L.A. is doing right now," said Colleen Murphy, supervisor of outreach coordination at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.
In a nutshell: Los Angeles Unified School District's new superintendent, Austin Beutner, kicked off his first day of work Tuesday with a choreographed tour of the nation's second-largest school district, from the San Fernando Valley to Carson.
Quote of note: “Beutner is expected to confront not just the district's lagging test scores but to apply his business savvy to its precarious financial situation.”
Here’s where LA’s emergency homeless shelters could go
Via Curbed Los Angeles
In a nutshell: Los Angeles city leaders are pressing forward with plans to build new emergency homeless shelters on land owned by the city.
Quote of note: “Thanks to a new state law, construction of new shelters will be accelerated, allowing projects to bypass much of the city’s lengthy planning process.”
LA County Approves $402M To Fight Homelessness
Via CBS Los Angeles
In a nutshell: The funding approved unanimously by the five-member board is for the second-year budget of Measure H, the voter-approved quarter-cent sales tax dedicated exclusively to providing services and programs to combat the homelessness crisis.
Quote of note: “Today’s vote was an important milestone in continuing the difficult and essential work of bringing help and hope to our homeless neighbors,” said Board Chair Sheila Kuehl. “The Measure H spending plan approved today by the Board builds on proven strategies and puts resources where they’re needed most.