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We’re Still In!
While the administration in Washington refuses even to acknowledge the existence of climate change, Los Angeles County stands on the side of science and fact.
We are fully committed to fighting the dangerous and costly effects of climate change — which is why the Board passed my motion vowing to do our part to ensure that the US meets the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.
On Tuesday, the County joined “We Are Still In,” launched last year to signal to the world that American leaders from all walks of life are committed to addressing climate change.
The movement’s strength comes from a united force of over 3,500 cities, states and tribes, businesses, faith groups, universities, and cultural institutions committed to facing the climate challenge.
Restorative Care Village Projects
This week the Board moved forward with several much-needed projects at Olive View Medical Center, Antelope Valley, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. These facilities will help address the needs of some of the County’s most vulnerable residents.
The projects at Olive View Medical Center, located in Sylmar, include 48 recuperative care beds, 80 crisis residential beds, and a 10,000 square foot Psychiatric Urgent Care Center, which will be located near the crisis residential treatment to facilitate treatment and transfer of patients. The other Restorative Care Village Projects, located in the Antelope Valley and at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation, will add even more recuperative care and crisis residential beds.
Across the country there is a critical shortage of psychiatric inpatient beds, which means that patients with mental health issues are often not able to get the help they need in a proper environment and in a timely manner. These projects are an essential step forward in addressing the gap between needed and existing beds.
Supporting Prop 2
On Tuesday the Board passed a motion authored by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas that formalized the County’s support for Proposition 2, also known as the No Place Like Home Act of 2018.
The No Place Like Home (NPLH) program, established by the Los Angeles County -supported legislation, AB 1618, would provide $1.8 billion in competitive grant funds to counties for the development of permanent supportive housing (PSH) for persons who need mental health services and who are homeless, chronically homeless, or at risk of homelessness. Proposition 2, the No Place Like Home Act of 2018 (Chapter 41, Statutes of 2018) on the November 6, 2018, Statewide ballot, would affirm the implementation of the NPLH program, and allow the State to sell up to $2 billion in bonds to finance the NPLH program and authorize the use of existing revenues from the Mental Health Services Act to repay these bonds.
The NPLH program would allow for a significant investment in the development of housing and will help leverage other housing funding. With the County estimated to receive approximately $700 million, the allocation could create between 2,500 to 5,000 new supportive housing units in the County.
Improving Senior Housing in West Hollywood
I am pleased that this week at the Board meeting, we approved funding for the Kings Road Senior Multifamily Housing Development Roof Replacement Project!
Low income-affordable senior housing typically provides seniors, with a set or restricted income, rental assistance for living. Kings Road Apartments is an affordable rental housing community geared mainly towards seniors and located in the heart of West Hollywood. The Roof Replacement project will be carried out by the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Letner Roofing Co., and will include the removal and replacement of the roof as well as associated work like gutters and downspouts.
Homelessness among seniors is tragically a rapidly growing problem, which is why it is so very important that the County support the building, and in this case, the upkeep, of quality, affordable housing for seniors!
Funding for Cities in the Fight Against Homelessness
Funding for Cities in the Fight Against Homelessness
Building on a regional approach to tackling homelessness, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved $9 million in Measure H funding to bolster the work of cities in implementing city-specific plans to combat and prevent homelessness.
This new funding allocation aligns with the County’s partnership with cities to develop innovative solutions to homelessness at the local level. In November 2017, cities were awarded planning grants to create city-specific plans to prevent and combat homelessness. 40 cities have submitted plans, illustrating an enthusiastic response from stakeholders across the region.
The funds will be released to cities through an RFP solicitation process, coordinated in conjunction with the Funders Collaborative. The RFP will provide funding to help cities increase the supply of supportive and interim housing and expand service systems for those experiencing, and at-risk of, homelessness. The RFP is slated for release this month.
This funding is a significant next step in strengthening the collaboration between the County and cities in the region, which are united in their commitment to address this complex humanitarian crisis.