“Despite having an unprecedented 40,000 interim and permanent housing beds in operation across the City of Los Angeles -

it is clear that this nowhere meets the need. We need to be laser focused on targeting our investments effectively, which means acknowledging that the imbalance in the interim and permanent housing beds that comprise our homeless response system facilitates people getting stuck in short term shelter, and inevitably militates against others from transitioning off the streets.

If we are going to make a difference on the street, and lay the groundwork that obligates government to establish a Right to Housing, we need to invest in a balanced system where we have three times more permanent housing solutions than interim ones. It must be the focus of the City Council to recalibrate our response and invest in the long-term solutions needed to address this crisis. This must be our priority, and I intend to make sure that's the case.”


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