What is Yes In My LA?
There are currently almost 60,000 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County, a 23% increase in the homeless population from the previous year. Many factors have contributed to this increase. A shortage of affordable housing is one. Stagnant wages is another. Homelessness can affect anyone--men, women, children, families, seniors, and veterans. Housing costs continue to rise across LA and many low-income households spend more than 50% of their income on rent. People become homeless because they can’t afford housing. Since the 1930s, civic leaders have been working to find sustainable solutions that ensure all people have stable housing. They’ve tried a variety of approaches to eradicate homelessness. One common method was trying to ensure someone was “ready” to move into housing before providing that option. These programs have not been as effective as planned. However, governments and nonprofits have built up decades of learnings which have paved the way to a better solution: permanent supportive housing. Homeless service providers, advocates, and elected officials all agree that permanent supportive housing (PSH) is the most effective and cost-efficient solution to solving long-term homelessness. PSH supports an individual’s ability to live independently by providing supportive services and appropriate care. However, there are not nearly enough new units to house those currently experiencing homelessness in LA.
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TAKE ACTION - HOW TO GET INVOLVED
If we want to see an LA where homelessness becomes a thing of the past, we must all become involved to support the solution. Here are some actions you can take:
Talk with your friends and neighbors about PSH: There are a lot of misconceptions out there about supportive housing. Let others know where you stand and what has helped shaped your perspective.
Write your City and Neighborhood Councils: Let them know you support PSH in your community. Find your reps at neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org
Follow organizations involved in PSH: Join the mailing lists for United Way of Greater Los Angeles, Abundant Housing and community developers. We’ve included a list at yesinmyla.org/resources.
Attend meetings and speak up!: There are many opportunities to learn about projects or make a public comment. Your Neighborhood Council is a great place to start neighborhoodinfo.lacity.org.
Tour housing sites: Invite your friends and neighbors to tour nearby PSH facilities. It’s easy to arrange such events; just contact the local agencies thatoperate them. We’ve included a list at yesinmyla.org/resources
Find more a downloadable guide and training information at yesinmyla.org!