Testifying in Skid Row during a recent meeting of the California Assembly Select Committee on Los Angeles County Homelessness, Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas called for urgent action to counter the worsening crisis on our streets.
“Homelessness warrants an urgent and comprehensive crisis response,” the Supervisor said. “Under the leadership of Governor Gavin Newsom, the state has already taken unprecedented steps to help people living on the streets. Still, we need broader regulatory relief to speed up affordable housing construction, legislative reform to help the gravely disabled, and budgetary investments to adequately fund desperately needed services.”
Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles), who chairs the select committee, hosted the informational hearing at the Weingart Center in Skid Row to explore potential urgent solutions to homelessness.
“The purpose of today’s hearing was to discuss comprehensive solutions to combating California’s homelessness crisis. Obviously what we’ve been doing so far hasn’t been enough, and it’s time that state, city, county and nonprofit leaders work urgently to get people off the streets and into housing” Assemblymember Santiago said. “With 36,000 people suffering from homelessness in the City of L.A. alone, as the Assemblymember representing Downtown L.A., I am ready to pursue all possible solutions that will efficiently solve this crisis.”
“There are far too many people suffering from the homelessness crisis both in LA and statewide,” said Assemblymember Reginald Jones-Sawyer, a member of the select committee. “Many of the homeless are formerly incarcerated individuals that are not even given an opportunity to apply for housing. We need bills like my AB 53 to give people a fair chance for housing. Only through collaboration and creative permanent solutions can we solve California’s housing crisis.”
“We must alleviate the plight of homelessness that afflicts the thousands of individuals and families throughout our state by coming together as one body, in the realization that as the 5th largest economy in the world, not one person should be without shelter,” said Assemlymember Mike Gipson, also a member of the select committee. “My conviction to combat homelessness stems from personal experience. My godson of 29 years old is homeless; he has been living on the streets for several years. As I exhaust all remedies to bring him back home, I also work extensively to provide housing to anyone who has fallen out of their family, lost their job, and who is a victim of drug and alcohol abuse. We can solve this.”