Patt Morrison for January 28, 2011

Homelessness in Los Angeles—Part Two: from Safer City to Home for Good

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With over 40,000 homeless living on its streets, Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the country.

With over 40,000 homeless living on its streets, Los Angeles is the homeless capital of the country. Over the past decade, cities like Denver, New York and San Francisco have all dramatically reduced their homeless populations by building permanent housing. But here, homelessness has grown faster than the national rate and not enough housing has been built, in part because of discordant county and city governments. Why is it so difficult for disparate systems to work together in Los Angeles County and how can that stalemate be overcome? Patt asks those questions and more to city and county officials, service providers, residents and homeless in the Skid Row community. Together, they a look at new proposals such as the Home for Good plan, which combines the social service knowledge of nonprofit sector with the private business and aims to end homelessness with permanent housing by 2016. With so many plans proposed and failed, what if anything sets this ambitious model apart from the rest? And why has homelessness proven to be such a singularly intractable issue for Los Angeles while it has motivated so many other regions to act?

Guests:

Orlando Ward, Vice President of operations, Midnight Mission homeless shelter downtown

Carl Howard, Skid Row resident and director of Homeless Healthcare’s Alumni Drama Club

Marcus Cristy, Skid Row resident; Marcus has lived at the Lincoln Apartments in Skid Row for 3 years. Prior to moving into the Lincoln Apartments in 2007, he was homeless off and on in the Skid Row community since the beginning of 2001

Becky Kanis, Director of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, Common Ground, a national nonprofit social services organization advocating for permanent and transitional housing

Mark Casanova, Executive Director of Homeless Health Care Los Angeles, a group working to improve the health of homeless people in Los Angeles

Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Skid Row Housing Trust, which develops, manages and operates homes for the homeless of Los Angeles. The Trust’s permanent supportive housing also provides a complete range of support services to move beyond poverty, illness and addiction

Jerry Neuman, Home for Good task force co-chair representing the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Zev Yaroslavsky, Los Angeles County Supervisor

Jerry Neuman, Home for Good task force co-chair, representing the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

Mike Alvidrez, Executive Director of the Los Angeles Skid Row Housing Trust, which develops, manages and operates homes for the homeless of Los Angeles. The Trust’s permanent supportive housing also provides a complete range of support services to move beyond poverty, illness and addiction

Captain John Sherman, Assistant\t Commanding Officer, Los Angeles Police Department, Central Bureau


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