Unhomeless the Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals in California

Unhomeless the Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals in California

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Lori Jean Siebers started this petition to Vice Chair, U.S. House Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies The Honorable Ken Calvert and

*♡♡♡PLEASE♡♡♡*REMEMBER♡♡♡*THAT THE NUMBERS LISTED IN THIS PETITION REPRESENT ACTUAL *♡♡♡HUMAN BEINGS♡♡♡*

**Declare State of Emergency in California for All Homeless Individuals and their Companion Animals 

THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES IMMEDIATELY ENACT AND PUT INTO ACTION AN EMERGENCY PLAN IS THE ONLY RESPONSE TO SAVE LIVES OF OUR HOMELESS MEN, WOMEN, CHILDREN, AND THEIR COMPANION ANIMALS NOW !

The City has failed to shelter the most vulnerable. All seven Respite Centres are full, the two 24-hour women’s drop-ins and the Out of the Cold program are over capacity on many nights and there are insufficient beds in the system.

Instead, fifty people sleep in chairs there each night. They are the lucky ones. Hundreds upon hundreds of people are forced to sleep outside due to failed shelter and housing policies. They are in grave danger. Their precarious situation has been exacerbated by the onslaught of an early winter leaving them completely exposed and vulnerable.

A walk through the city confirms what front-line workers are telling us: there have never been this many people sleeping in our streets and parks before. The number of beds and the close proximity of sleeping accommodations for each individual that is not safe social distancing less than two to four feet apart with shared men and women's bathrooms for the entire group. Also the city shelters are not year round and where Aeons individual has to leave early in the morning and not come till late at night so there's no safety from extreme weather or rain or cold or extreme heat,  not to mention no safety precautions whatsoever for the pandemic that is occurring now. The plans to bring more beds in crowded and shared living facilities in one large room or Auditorium in the followings months or years will not be sufficient to accommodate those in need. Furthermore, during an Extreme Cold Weather Alert there is NO Warming Centers at ALL for the entire City.

In order to prevent more deaths and suffering, we request the City of Los Angeles enact an Emergency Plan.

The aim Emergency Plan to provide the framework for extraordinary arrangements and measures that can be taken to protect the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of  Los Angeles IMMEDIATELY ~ TODAY !!°°.

It would allow the Mayor to MANDATE the following Emergency ACTIONS to  implemented immediately today !

1. Make a formal statement declaring that homelessness and the social housing situation are an emergency necessitating immediate action.


2. Request help from the Federal and State  governments for funding and resources necessary to deal with this deadly crisis.


3. Establish an Emergency Task Force from relevant departments at the City, including Public Health; Shelter, Support and Housing Administration; Emergency Management; Real Estate; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; for the purpose of resolving issues related to the crisis.  


4. Create a Building Team from all three levels of government that would identify vacant buildings owned by the City, Federal and Provincial governments that can be used to immediately shelter the hundreds who are homeless.


5. Redeploy staff from various City departments to implement the decisions of the
Emergency Task Force and to provide support at respite sites, warming centres, and overnight drop-ins.


6. Invite the Red Cross to assist with emergency respite and warming centre operations, as they did in the winter of 2017-2018.


7. Start and have open a minimum of 20 permanently open Respite, Cooling, and Warming Centers through out Los Angeles County. 

8. Create Intake/pick up sites to more accessible and spacious site throughout the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles County. 


9. Create four to six additional Warming Centres throughout Los Angeles County  that would allow people to easily access them.


10. Improve the safety and health outcomes in all Respite Centres that have 100 or more people staying in them by reducing capacity by one third.


11. Fast track breaking ground and building a minimum of one new low income apartment building in every city of Los Angeles County.


12. Implement the recommendations of the Faulkner Inquest, including the distribution of survival equipment and supplies (sleeping bags, fire retardant blankets, safe heat sources) to people who are living outside. Tents must be added to this list. Fund additional outreach teams to distribute these items.


13. Impose a moratorium on evictions of people living in all public spaces, including parks, ravines, and encampments.


14. Impose a moratorium on the removal of all encampments.


15. Create an emergency rent supplement program to prioritize the housing of vulnerable people including seniors and those with disabilities.


16. Allow the Building Team to devise and implement a strategy for the creation of 2,000 permanent shelter beds.


17. Allow the Building Team to devise and implement a five-year strategy for the building of transitional, supportive and rent-geared-to-income (RGI) social housing.


18. Expropriate buildings, left unused and vacant by owners, for immediate conversion to RGI social housing such as single room dwellings or transitional housing.


19. Extend the timeframe of all emergency shelters and Respite Centres so they operate year-round.


20. Create one hundred beds to replace those lost when the Out of the Cold program shuts down in April.

We believe that homelessness needs to be declared as a state of emergency in the City of Los Angeles NOW. . We have witnessed homelessness increase in recent years and the municipal response has proved to be totally inadequate, UNSAFE, and with NO real response implemented into action. Enough meetings and/or canceled meetings to "Plan" possible "solutions" , not real-life actions or even implemented to address or identify any of the that are out there Real Life Solutions on the streets to help the actual people that are out there, new committees without real life speeches , , focus groups, surveys, proposals, and endless political rhetoric and hot air.  ALL OUR LIVES ARE PUT AT SEVERE RISK  by our smear not implementing nursing immediately for every day he waits he puts more and more and more and more LIVES that will be lost to this pandemic

Mayor not immediately implementing actually work Lives are at stake

 

On any given night, there are over 158,000 homeless people in California - 24% of the entire nation’s homeless population.

In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 14% in a year to just over 60,000, according to the latest point-in-time count.

**The Los Angeles County count found a 24% increase in homeless youth, defined as people under 25, and a 9% jump in people 62 or older. 

Officials estimate about 21% of people experiencing homelessness in the county are mentally ill or coping with substance abuse problems.

About two-thirds of all people on the streets of metro Los Angeles are male, just under one-third are female, and about 3% identify as transgender or gender non-conforming.

This year’s Count revealed that 24% of the unsheltered people experiencing homelessness—more than 9,200 people—were homeless for the first time last year.

The majority (57%) cited economic hardship as the cause. 

Los Angeles County has the second largest population of homeless people of any region in the United States, according to a government report released Wednesday.

In Los Angeles, 600,000 people are considered "severely rent burdened," which means they spend half their income on rent. More than 8,000 people became homeless here for the first time last year, according to the 2019 Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority report.

"We are reaching levels of inequality that we have not seen since the Gilded Age," said Tracy Rosenthal of the Los Angeles Tenants Union.

The union helps organize tenant boycotts against things like rent increases and gentrification.

**Updated 9/19** In L.A. County, for example, the number of homeless people climbed 13% in a year to just shy of 60,000, according to the latest point-in-time count. Within the city, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 17% increase.

Los Angeles County's total — 59,988 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 96% of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 11% of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2019.

The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2019 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 59,994 — an increase of 24% over the previous count.

The HUD report found that on one night in January, nearly one of every four people experiencing homelessness in the United States was in New York City or Los Angeles.

According to the report, overall homelessness increased nationwide this year for the first time in seven years, by slightly under 1%  compared to 2018. On a given night across the country, 593,742 people were homeless, with nearly two-thirds housed in shelters or transitional housing programs and one- third living on the streets, according to the report

L.A.'s big increase in homelessness had a significant impact on the national numbers. Between 2016 and 2017, individual homelessness increased by 9% (19,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for over 60% of this increase.

According to the report, Los Angeles County ranked:- *second nationally in the percent of unsheltered homeless, at 84.3 percent;

- *first in the number of individuals who are homeless, at 57,082;

- *first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,963; and *first in the number of homeless veterans (4až,476) and *first in the   of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent).

California had 194,278 homeless people, and while the Golden State has the nation's largest population, the rate of 34 homeless residents per 10,000 people was twice the national average, according to the report. Of those, 68 percent were living on the streets, by far the worst percentage. The report said half the nation's homeless live in California and New York.

Counties across the state are facing a pervasive and deepening homeless crisis that imminently endangers the health and safety of tens of thousands of residents, including veterans, women, children, LGBT, youth, persons with disabilities and seniors. 

Nowhere is this more evident than in Los Angeles County at least  134,278 men, women and children -- 11,000 to 13,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes or safe  shelters. 

More than 59,000 homeless people, or 43% of the state’s total, live in Los Angeles County. That number is up from about 36,000 just six years ago.

There are beds for less than one third of the homeless in Los Angeles county, comprehensive services are available to far fewer than half, and the county jails are routinely used as a substitution for mental health facilities. 

In Los Angeles county the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure.

It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is.  The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action.

That is why We in LA County are taking the lead in a statewide effort to ask Governor Brown to declare a state of emergency in California to address this growing humanitarian crisis.

***********We need:***********

*Provide 50,000 more vouchers, through a combination of Housing Choice Vouchers and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers, two longstanding key programs that provide needed rental subsidies for extremely low-income Americans;

*Increse the value of those vouchers to account for the high cost of rents in America’s cities and counties; and,

*Create a program based on best-practices to incentivize landlords to work with voucher holders to find stable housing

Specifically, we urge you to implement the following recommendations:

(1) Create a system for secure storage of the personal property of people experiencing homelessness. Without reasonable provision for the storage and safety of homeless people’s possessions (for example, a site with a sixty gallon tub or shopping cart - sized public locker system), homeless encampments are inevitable.

(2) Meet the basic medical and hygienic needs of the homeless people in our midst. Beyond simply assuring access to public restrooms throughout our cities / county during the day, we ask that you:

a) Establish a system of easily accessible medical / hygienic facilities (perhaps through medical vans or hygienic equivalents) to be made available to homeless people during the day, so that they could be treated for simple ailments like colds or the flu, as well as have their persons and their belongings “deloused” (freed from bed bugs / lice)

b) Establish a system of infirmaries and, if needed, one-night quarantine wards for those arriving ill or infested with bugs, so that homeless persons arriving at the shelters for the night can become confident that they will not simply contract the flu or pests while sleeping at the shelters.

(3) Do not close shelters (that is, do not expel the people that the shelters are serving) before a reasonable hour (7-8 am). No one should be forced to leave a shelter at 5 or 6 am, literally into the cold and darkness, before most other businesses and services open.

(4) Establish a system of “day centers,” often called “multipurpose centers,” so that people experiencing homelessness have safe places to go to during the day where they could have many of the above mentioned needs met, as well have places to receive counseling, access to phones and computers with internet access for jobs, possible family and/or friends to reconnect  or simply to rest /recreate.

(5) Respect the right of people experiencing homelessness to file complaints against homeless service providers and allow them to document the problems and complaints they have about the shelters through photography, video, or audio recordings

MUCH MORE NEEDS TO BE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENTED NOW !

Please join us! Sign our petition urging to declare the homeless crisis a state of emergency and bring the concerted effort and resources needed to tackle this crisis in a meaningful way. 

Homelessness, Humanitarianism, Social justice, Human Rights, Economic Justice, Homeless crisis, Affordable housing, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, and the Right to Live Free of prejudice. 

No human in our country should be homeless. Let's take the first step together. Every single man, woman, child, baby deserves a safe place to call home. Along with their cats, dogs, birds, fish, and all the other additional animals types that are "family pets/companionship and should be lovingly taken cherished in a home also.

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Thank you for your support.

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