Katy Lillig from Father Joe’s Village had news on this front. She said they made an announcement in March about their commitment to provide 2000 affordable housing units for the homeless in the next few years. The plan is to make over run-down motels and other blighted buildings. This will be accomplished through a public-private partnership at a cost of $531 million (75 percent of funding has been identified). Renovations on some motel properties will happen in 2017 with groundbreaking on new buildings expected in 2018. Some homeless should be able to start moving into some of these spaces mid-2018.
One father playing with his toddler daughter at Ward Canyon Park on April 7 said about the city’s past efforts, “It seems that mostly they’ve been focused on getting rid of having to see the homeless versus actually getting rid of homelessness. I hope they are finally getting serious, because we’ll be Los Angeles soon if we aren’t careful.”