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Unhomeless the Homeless in California

Declare Homelessness State of Emergency in California L.A. County Homeless On any given night, there are over 148,000 homeless people in California - 23% of the entire nation’s homeless population.  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 2017 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. Los Angeles County's total — 55,188 — was behind only New York City's 76,501, according to the 2017 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. However, 95 percent of people experiencing homelessness in New York City were sheltered, the report found, while only 25 percent of those experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles were sheltered in 2017. The HUD report findings were similar to the results of the 2017 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count released in June by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which put the county's homeless total at 57,794 — an increase of 23 percent 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 percent compared to 2016. On a given night across the country, 553,742 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 percent (15,540 people) in the nation's major cities. Los Angeles accounted for 60 percent 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 47,082; - first in the number of unaccompanied homeless youth at 5,163; and first in the number of homeless veterans (4,476) and percentage of unsheltered veterans (76.1 percent). California had 134,278 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, New York, Florida, Texas or Washington. 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 -- 10,000 to 12,000 in Downtown, including more than 8,000 parents and children in the San Fernando Valley alone -- are without homes.More than 53,000 homeless people, or 40 percent 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. 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. Everyone deserves a safe place to call home.  Then Share this petition with your friends on social media to spread the word even further. Thank you for your support.

Lori Jean Siebers
4,013 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to Yvonne Spicer, Stephen Trask

Clean Up Downtown Framingham & Make It Safe For All

Day in and day out, addicts and vagrants loiter on the streets of downtown Framingham.  Their presence can be seen for the most part just south of the railroad crossing at Concord, Waverly, and Hollis streets.  This hoarde of vagrants, actively shoot up on the streets, drink alcoholic beverages in the open, and multiple times a week, an overdose or medical emergency occurs to one of these people.  In fact in 2017, there were 277 calls to police in regards to this "hot spot" of activity.  Of these calls, the majority regard, inebriation, disturbance, and assaults.    In 2016-2018, the street light fixtures were upgraded, benches and gardens added, and a move to develop downtown Framingham with luxury apartments had begun.  In the meantime, the town became a city, tax rates rose, and the assessors went out in force and increased the tax value of all homes in Framingham, even those in and near downtown.  And in the end, these benches went to our roving vagrants.  They sleep on the stone benches, and fill the gardens with garbage. The city will offer that they have had town hall meetings on this topic.  However the lone meeting was at 10am on a Tuesday, not geared to the working public. They also promised an evening town hall later this month, but per several sources - it has not been scheduled, or not a true priority of this administration. We the taxpayers of the City of Framingham demand more drastic measures to clean up our streets. We demand an action plan to be formulated and made public, and a rollout timeline that can be adhered to.When you sign this petition, please tell us something that you witnessed, how it made you feel, and if you were alone or with family.  Tell the mayor you demand action!
648 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Jennifer Lowden, Laurie Berman, Shirley Choate

Urge Caltrans to eliminate their 2012 policy, stop rent hikes and repopulate empty homes!

Since 1979, the rentals and sales of homes obtained by Caltrans to build the 710 Freeway, have been governed by what many have to know as the Roberti Bill/Act/Law.  The Roberti Law seems to be one of the last real reform bills that truly had the interest of the poor and working class communities in mind. The Roberti Law calls for mitigating the destruction done to 3 communities. The story that this petition addresses is the consistent violation of, not only the letter, but the spirit of, the Roberti Law and the continued destruction of our communities. There are many issues that we, tenants, are attempting to resolve with Caltrans.  While there may be many more than listed here, the major disputes with Caltrans can be placed into the following 5 categories:   Maintenance Problems: Neglect and shoddy maintenance have resulted in slumlord conditions including, numerous health code and city habitability code violations.  Rent Hikes: Rent hikes, up 22% per year for some, continue to depopulate the corridor, and place an extreme financial burden on our families. Families especially impacted by these increases are those over 120% of the median area income, (over $58,200/year for an individual) as well those who qualify for the Affordable Rent Program (ARP), and yet are being denied the rent moratorium dictated by SB 400 (a bill authored by Senator Anthony Portantino in 2017 to put a moratorium on Caltrans rent hikes for Affordable Rent Program Participants). Home Sales Violations: Caltrans insists on violating its own sales policy, as well as the law, by not offering home sales prices at 25% of ARP tenants’ incomes. Instead they have chosen to sell the homes for their original sales price, adjusted for inflation. This action effectively makes it impossible for some ARP families to purchase their home.  Agent and Management Concerns: Agents are unable to provide adequate guidance or responses regarding the Affordable Rent Program. Moreover, Agents seem to be trained to harass and antagonize tenants. It’s been reported to UCT, that when agents conduct their yearly inspection, it appears that they are looking for reasons to evict tenants, rather than take the opportunity to advocate for much needed repairs. This has resulted in unjust evictions. Tenants face intimidation, and fear retribution, if they seek redress or express their concern. Tenants feel they would face arbitrary eviction if they contest the actions of the Caltrans Agents.  Problematic 2012 Policy: With its 2012 Policy, we believe Caltrans is abrogating its responsibility to rent homes at affordable rates as directed by the Roberti Law. This policy of not renting affordable, also contributes to depopulation of the corridor. Notice a theme? Depopulation of the 710 Corridor is Caltrans’ exit strategy. The impact of these issues result in tenants being forced to move or being forcibly moved through the violence of eviction.  All these issues have resulted in what many of the tenants identify as a gradual but calculated, “depopulation” of the corridor.  Based on the facts, we conclude that this is, in fact, Caltrans’ unwritten and main desired goal. While Caltrans’ goals may be debatable, Caltrans’ actions, and the resulting impacts are not. Upon review the objective facts, anyone can see a clear pattern of depopulation. It has been reported that several Caltrans employees have verbally informed tenants that the reason Caltrans does not want to rent affordable, is because, it would much rather sell the homes at market rate or to non-profits for a higher price than to the current tenants, that would otherwise qualify to purchase for an affordable rate. Depopulation is the road of least resistance, and the 2012 policy serves its aim quite well.  This open letter is a call to action to resolve each of the issues discussed, as well as a demand that the 2012 policy be immediately rescinded. In the past, Anthony Portantino and staff, in particular Kristi Lopez have worked hard to defend tenants’ rights. We appreciate the Senator’s advocacy in stopping the dangerous and costly 710 tunnel plan. The Senator and Kristi have also successfully legislated on our behalf not once, but twice.  The Senator introduced and successfully passed SB 400, which set a moratorium on all rent hikes for those tenants that qualify for the Affordable Rent Program (ARP). Yet the result of SB 400, while well intentioned, has fallen short of its purpose. Portantino initially called for a moratorium on all tenant rent hikes, however Governor Brown’s office communicated that the Governor would not sign that bill unless amended to exclude everyone other than Affordable Rent Program Participants. He also introduced and successfully passed SB 275, which allowed the tenants’ taxes on an affordable purchase to be based on the affordable sales price and not on the market price, which Caltrans had originally intended.  Our difference on what to do with the 2012 policy is not an attack on all the good work that has been accomplished so far, but it’s a critique of any position that would defend Caltrans’ action/policy to stop the affordable rent program before the home sales are completed. Any defense of the 2012 policy essentially supports Caltrans’ overall immoral exit approach and its continued violation of the law. What is the 2012 Policy?  The 2012 policy prohibits any tenant who rented after 2012 from qualifying for the Affordable Rent Program, even if they meet all income and eligibility guidelines. The 2012 Policy defines those tenants as: “Tenants who are in occupancy as of December 31, 2012, who are not eligible for the Relocation Assistant Program and that have an annual income not exceeding 120%...” (California Title 21 Public Works Division 2, Department of Transportation, Chapter 24, Right of Way, Sect 2655, Can also be found in Caltrans Right of Way Manual, Chapter 11, pp 136-139). Through this 2012 policy, Caltrans’ decision to stop renting affordable as of January 1, 2013, modifies and violates the Roberti Bill.  The 2012 policy is a direct result of Caltrans not following State Caltrans policies regarding renting all available properties to maximize potential State revenue. Therefore the 2012 policy is also a rogue policy, directly violating the interests of the State of California. Why is the 2012 Policy morally wrong? Los Angeles and California are experiencing a severe crisis of limited availability of housing and homelessness. Los Angeles accounts for 10% of the total United States population, but is home to 25% of all people experiencing homelessness. The rise of rents is astronomical and increasingly out of reach for thousands.  The streets, cars and medians in El Sereno and Pasadena are becoming inadequate shelters for an increasing number of families and individuals. As Caltrans refuses to rent out its surplus real property and continues to take action to depopulate the corridor through rent increases and evictions, clearly its actions are exacerbating the housing and homeless crisis. Why is the 2012 Policy legally wrong? Ironically, the preamble of the 2012 Policy paraphrases the Roberti Law, stating: “The California Legislature has declared the availability of the affordable residential housing is of vital statewide importance and state agencies, including the Department of Transportation, have a responsibility to use the power vested in them to meet the housing needs of all economic segments of the community.  Accordingly, the Department sets forth herein the Affordable Rent Program by which the Department can consider affordability when adjusting rents for current residential tenants who are economically disadvantaged.  The Affordable Rent Program is intended to protect existing low-income tenants from the large rental rate increases, which may otherwise result in their current rental unit becoming unaffordable.” The above is the correct policy Caltrans should carry out. However, in contrast and in contradiction to what has been previously cited, Caltrans awkwardly, adds: “For new tenants, rents will be set at fair market rates.” (Introduction, California Title 21 Public Works Division 2, Department of Transportation Chapter 24, Right of Way, Sect 2655, Can also be found in Caltrans Right of Way Manual, Chapter 11, pp 136-139). In a discussion with Senator Portantino at one of our UCT meetings, when asked what he could/would do to assist in the elimination of the 2012 policy, he stated something to the effect that Caltrans was within their right to terminate the Affordable Rent Program and draw the line somewhere. We are vehemently opposed to this position. Caltrans has a right, a need, and a legal mandate to terminate the Affordable Rent Program (ARP), not by violating the Roberti Law, but instead, by terminating the ARP only after all the homes are sold. The Roberti Law, in fact, is specific, thorough and comprehensive about the exit strategy.  When Caltrans sell the homes, their contract with those homes is terminated. After the homes are sold, Caltrans has no further relationship to those homes. When they sell the homes, Caltrans has ended their obligation to those homes, and fully fulfilled the mandate and mission of the Roberti Law.  The Roberti Law says rent, then sell, not depopulate and destroy! The law provides a bright line of demarcation here. What do we expect officials to do? UCT asks that all elected officials persuade Caltrans to eliminate the 2012 Policy on the basis that it is an unacceptable, illegal and immoral exit strategy. We also ask that elected officials clarify to Caltrans that the only acceptable exit strategy is already spelled out in the Roberti Law; rent, then sell the affordable homes to all that qualify particularly former tenants who were either pressured out or unjustifiably evicted. We also expect elected officials to work together to institute an immediate and effective moratorium on the rent increases for all Caltrans tenants, regardless of income, to avoid depopulation of the corridor prior to the homes sales. What do we expect the tenants to do? UCT is asking tenants and neighbors to 1) sign this open letter,  2) become advocates or continue to advocate for one another regarding the issues outlined in this letter, and 3) pressure their elected officials to take immediate action to eliminate the 2012 policy by renting all the empty houses, opening up the affordable program for all qualified tenants, and address all the other issues affecting Caltrans tenants discussed in this letter. We, the United Caltrans Tenants affirm that Caltrans is abdicating its duties outlined by the Roberti Law; to rent occupied homes and surplus property at affordable rates. Furthermore, the 2012 policy is not a  lawful and moral exit strategy. The 2012 policy is evidence that Caltrans is taking the path of least resistance by trying to depopulate the corridor. Because of this, there are over 100 empty homes along the corridor; 37 just in the area south of Huntington Drive.  Far from mitigating the harm done to these communities, as mandated by the Roberti Law, Caltrans is once again destroying our communities through depopulation. Since these homes remain empty, Caltrans will now have the opportunity to sell these empty homes at market rate. We are all witnesses! Through depopulation, and limiting the housing supply, Caltrans has fueled the major gentrification we are experiencing within our communities.  Depopulation, destruction and gentrification of community is not only in violation of California Law, but also in violation of International Law. In Solidarity With Our Community, United Caltrans Tenants (Local Chapter of the Los Angeles Tenants Union) “Housing is a Human Right”

United Caltrans Tenants
100 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Eric Garcetti, Mike Bonin, Tricia Keane, Ezra Gale, Vince Bertoni, Ira Koslow, Chad Molnar, David Graham-Caso, Len Nguyen, John Gregory, Gilbert Cedillo, Paul Krekorian, Bob Blumenfield, David Ryu, Paul Koretz, Nury Martinez, Monica Rodriguez, Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Curren Price, Herb Wesson, Mitchell Englander, Mitch O'Farrell, Jose Huizar, Joe Buscaino, Taylor Bazley

Build new homeless services in every LA District 11 neighborhood, not just Venice!

Venice is fed up and pushed to the brink! We have big hearts and open minds, and are willing to do our fair share, but we cannot be the only community in District 11 solving the huge problem of homelessness. Now the City of Los Angeles wants to build a 100-bed "temporary" shelter at the former MTA bus yard, just 1 block from the beach, and surrounded on all 4 sides by homes, when not a single one of the other 17 site proposals and alternative options across LA is completely surrounded by homes. This is in addition to: 136 units of permanent supportive and low-income housing and a variety of related services on the Venice Median, also 1 block from the beach, at an exorbitant and wasteful cost of nearly $500,000 each.Another 98 units of permanent supportive housing in the Oxford Triangle, with a similar price tag nearing $500,00 each. Another 34 units of permanent supportive housing on Rose. Allowing indiscriminate RV camping across large parts of Venice with no enforcement of the 72-hour parking rule. 24/7 bathroom access on the boardwalk, encouraging further encampment growth.A storage facility in a neighborhood park surrounded by homes & schools. ...and other plans for more storage facilities, more car camping, 24/7 portable bathrooms, and other services throughout Venice. ALL THIS, when essentially NONE of the rest of Council District 11 has had ANY proposals for ANY homeless services, accommodation of campers, or housing of any kind on Mike Bonin's watch! *Venice has already welcomed a large services infrastructure near Rose and near Lincoln, including the enormous St. Joseph Center on Hampton, multiple health clinics, day use facilities, and a vocational training center, plus a variety of section 8 and affordable housing.  Why aren't other neighborhoods in Council District 11 being asked to do their part? Why aren't there more proposals to help share some of the burden in the Pacific Palisades, Brentwood, Mar Vista, West LA, Playa Vista, Westchester, Playa del Rey, or any other community in Mike Bonin's district? Why are Malibu, Beverly Hills,  and Culver City, who are not even part of the City of Los Angeles, allowed to house their homeless in Venice projects? PUT A STOP TO THIS NOW! Speak up and demand that NONE of these projects go forward until similar wide-ranging plans are proposed and approved for each and every community in the rest of District 11.(* West LA currently has 37 units proposed for homeless families, the only proposal in all of District 11 outside of Venice, a tiny fraction of the 268 permanent supportive and low-income units plus 100 shelter beds planned in Venice.)

3,555 supporters