LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell called on the state today to direct $1.2 billion toward the city’s battle against homelessness, matching the amount of a voter-approved municipal bond measure aimed at attacking the problem.
“We need to augment our programs and go beyond and push for 20,000 (supportive housing) units or more,” O’Farrell said, adding that the city’s current goal of 10,000 units would not be enough to house Los Angeles’ homeless population.
“We need to double or triple that amount if we’re really serious about solving the homelessness crisis,” the councilman said in front of City Hall. “We are working locally to reduce the cost of Proposition HHH housing as well. We want to make more units more quickly without sacrificing the quality of those units.”