Governor and Supervisor Visit Families at Safe Landing

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, Governor Gavin Newsom and St. Joseph Center President and CEO Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Ph.D. get to know one of the formerly homeless families who moved into Safe Landing for Families-Broadway. Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors

Governor Gavin Newsom visited formerly homeless families who are now temporarily housed at Safe Landing for Families-Broadway, in travel trailers that he deployed under an Executive Order.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Councilmember Curren Price, who led the effort to create Safe Landing for Families-Broadway — a community complete with supportive services provided by the nonprofit St. Joseph Center — welcomed the Governor to South Los Angeles.

“State government is doing more than ever before to combat homelessness. This first wave of trailers to Los Angeles County is part of our state’s broader effort to deploy more resources directly into communities,” Governor Newsom said. “California is treating homelessness like the crisis it is and it’s going to take every level of government stepping up to do their part. I appreciate LA County leaders for providing land and putting these critically needed resources to work.”

“This is what a comprehensive crisis response to homelessness looks like, and we applaud the Governor for setting it in motion,” said Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, co-chair of the Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors. “It took only weeks to transform this unused parking lot into a Safe Landing for Families – and that was because the state and local governments, private sector, and the community were all working urgently hand-in-hand.”

Previously used by first responders to the Camp Fire, the first set of 10 trailers deployed by the Governor to Los Angeles County have been repurposed to temporarily house 10 homeless families with children who had been living on the streets – in cars or dilapidated RV’s – or in rented motel rooms.

County and City agencies expedited the installation of electricity, water and sewage connections at the site. Meanwhile, private sector partners including St. Joseph Center, Trammell Crow Co., ConAm Building Co., Unisource, California Community Foundation, United Way of Greater LA, TV host Jimmy Kimmel and other donors made contributions to make the site safe, secure and welcoming.

On Thursday, a second set of 10 trailers from the Governor will arrive at the Safe Landing for Families-Crenshaw/Exposition site, which will be operated by the nonprofit HOPICS. A Community Day is planned for Saturday, and volunteers are invited to help beautify the site and prepare the trailers to be move-in ready.

St. Joseph Center President and CEO Va Lecia Adams Kellum, Ph.D., Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Governor Gavin Newsom outside one of the trailers converted into temporary housing for homeless families in South LA. Photo by Aurelia Ventura/Board of Supervisors