Governor’s Advisors Push for Urgent Action on Homelessness

At CalMatters and the Los Angeles Times’ recent “A Homelessness and Affordable Housing Town Hall,” Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg provided an update on the work of the Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, which they co-chair. In the video clip above, fast forward to the 1:28:00 mark.

In a panel moderated by CalMatters reporter Matt Levin and Los Angeles Times reporter Liam Dillon, and broadcast on their Gimme Shelter podcast, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas stressed the need to act with urgency and to develop a comprehensive crisis response to address homelessness statewide. He called for bold action, noting an average of two to three people die in Los Angeles County every day due to causes directly attributable to homelessness. 

Held at the Milken Institute in Santa Monica, the town hall was attended by about 150 people and featured a total of four panel discussions that focused what caused the homeless crisis; how the state is responding; how to address land use, cost, legal, regulatory and NIMBY issues and facilitate housing development; and how to support residents being pushed out of their homes.