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Homelessness – a conversation determined by you

Thursday, September 6, 2018, 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Tateuchi Democracy Forum Japanese American National Museum 100 North Central Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012 Map and directions

Yes, the 2018 homelessness count showed a three percent drop in homelessness across L.A. County. It also revealed that more people than ever are experiencing homelessness for the first time. City officials, advocates and community members are working to find solutions — examples include tax hikes for affordable housing to increasing shelters. But the situation is complex, and the path forward is unclear. 

We asked you: How should Los Angeles address its growing homelessness issue? What questions do you have for city officials? What discussion do you think we should be having around homelessness? 

More than 70 people submitted questions, and more than 150 voted. The question that received the most votes — by a wide margin — was “What policy steps is the city taking to address housing affordability and homelessness?” 

Voters recently green-lit nearly $5 billion in city and county spending to tackle homelessness. What’s happening so far to address the crisis in Los Angeles? And what more could be done? 

Supporters of policy proposals like increasing density and rent control say these changes will make a dent in the homelessness crisis. What should voters and elected officials know about major pieces of legislation and ballot measures that could impact them?

KPCC In Person hosted a discussion on this important issue on Thursday, September 6, at the Japanese American National Museum in downtown Los Angeles. KPCC’s Libby Denkmann led a conversation with city leaders working on the frontlines of L.A.’s homelessness crisis. 

Elise Buik – president of the United Way of Greater Los Angeles
Alan Greenlee – executive director, Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing (SCANPH)
Va Lecia Adams Kellum  president and CEO of St. Joseph Center
Peter Lynn  executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority
Trinidad Ruiz – organizer, Vermont Beverly chapter of the L.A. Tenants Union
Tony Salazar – president, West Coast Operations for the for-profit developer McCormack Baron Salazar
Rudy Salinas – chief program officer, The Center at Blessed Sacrament
Ben Winter – director of Housing & Community Development Policy, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles