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Homelessness – a conversation determined by you

Tateuchi Democracy Forum
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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29:  Volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row during the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. About 6,000 volunteers take part in counting the homeless people that they see as well as tents, cars and other structures used by the homeless, but avoid estimating the amount of people that might be inside such shelters. The last Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which took place in 2013, found that LA had one of the largest homeless populations in the country, with more than 39,000 men, women and children living on the streets. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
David McNew/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 29: Volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row during the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. About 6,000 volunteers take part in counting the homeless people that they see as well as tents, cars and other structures used by the homeless, but avoid estimating the amount of people that might be inside such shelters. The last Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which took place in 2013, found that LA had one of the largest homeless populations in the country, with more than 39,000 men, women and children living on the streets. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

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Yes, the 2018 homelessness count showed a three percent drop in homelessness across L.A. County. It also revealed that more people than ever are experiencing homelessness for the first time. City officials, advocates and community members are working to find solutions — examples include tax hikes for affordable housing to increasing shelters. But the situation is complex, and the path forward is unclear. 

We asked you: How should Los Angeles address its growing homelessness issue? What questions do you have for city officials? What discussion do you think we should be having around homelessness? 

More than 70 people submitted questions, and more than 150 voted. The question that received the most votes — by a wide margin — was “What policy steps is the city taking to address housing affordability and homelessness?” 

Voters recently green-lit nearly $5 billion in city and county spending to tackle homelessness. What’s happening so far to address the crisis in Los Angeles? And what more could be done? 

Supporters of policy proposals like increasing density and rent control say these changes will make a dent in the homelessness crisis. What should voters and elected officials know about major pieces of legislation and ballot measures that could impact them?

Join KPCC In Person for a discussion on this important issue Thursday, September 6, at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. KPCC’s Libby Denkmann will lead a conversation with city leaders working on the frontlines of L.A.’s homelessness crisis. 

Guests:
Elise Buik – president of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Alan Greenlee – executive director, Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH)
Va Lecia Adams Kellum  president and CEO of St. Joseph Center
Peter Lynn  executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Trinidad Ruiz – organizer, Vermont Beverly chapter of the L.A. Tenants Union
Tony Salazar – president, West Coast Operations for the for-profit developer McCormack Baron Salazar
Rudy Salinas – chief program officer, The Center at Blessed Sacrament
Ben Winter – director of Housing & Community Development Policy, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles