Target: Mayor Eric Garcetti
Goal: Praise Los Angeles’ plan to help the homeless with $100 million in supportive services.
Los Angeles has declared a state of emergency on the homeless crisis that’s become a trademark of the city. As the homeless population continues to rise, with an estimated 13,000 people entering homelessness every month, the city has announced it will provide $100 million for homeless services.
The city’s failure to address this problem sooner gained nationwide criticism, with New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton stating, “L.A. probably has the worst situation in the country with the homeless.” The proposal will finally bring much needed funding, programs and housing to a large population of Los Angeles who have previously been neglected.
The Los Angeles Police Department has a history of using aggressive tactics towards the homeless, jailing them and seizing and destroying their possessions. Business owners also show hostility towards the homeless. In Venice Beach, a hotel owner recently ordered a fatal shooting of a homeless man after he refused to leave the area outside the hotel. Mayor Garcetti has shown a more compassionate stance. He blocked legislation that would have targeted homeless encampments, stating those on the streets have no other choice but to live on them.
The newly passed initiative will provide $100 million for homeless services, increase funds for affordable housing programs, and support permanent housing and rental subsidies for the homeless. An emergency fund of $13 million has been allocated in housing subsidies for veterans and the non-chronic homeless. The city has also pledged to enforce the minimum wage increase of $15 an hour and fund the Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise, a program that helps employ those who’ve been incarcerated and others who struggle to gain employment.
The homeless crisis in Los Angeles is a disgraceful outcome of a city that allowed affordable housing to be taken over by real estate moguls, didn’t agree that minimum wage should be a livable one, and lacked programs that help struggling people get back on their feet. Los Angeles’ new initiatives are striving to tackle these issues. Praise Mayor Garcetti for approving the proposal to help the homeless.
Dear Mr. Garcetti,
I’m relieved to see the city finally taking initiative in tackling the homeless crisis. The streets in Los Angeles littered with tents and sleeping bags is a sad reminder of the thousands who are lacking basic human rights in a city that houses some of the wealthiest companies and most expensive real estate in the world. The proposal you’ve approved sounds like an informed and concrete plan that will target the main causes of homelessness.
I appreciated that you refused to pass legislation that criminalized the homeless. After years of ticketing, arresting, and moving around the homeless did nothing to curb the issue, it was past due for the city to change their tactics. Your latest plan focuses on both preventative measures and assistance for those who are chronically homeless.
The recent proposal of $100 million for homeless services shows your belief in helping those who are so often overlooked in society. I applaud you and the city for declaring this humanitarian issue a state of emergency and getting serious about fixing it.
[Your Name Here]
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