Committee releases database of 126 proposed sites, pressuring Bass to fulfill campaign pledge to mitigate homelessness


Committee for Greater LA has released a database of 126 proposed sites, pressuring Mayor Bass to fulfil pledges that she made during her campaign to mitigate homelessness.
Mayor of Los Angeles, California, Karen Bass.Photo bythewomensconference / Flickr

In a strategic move aimed at holding Mayor Karen Bass accountable to her campaign promise of constructing 1,000 beds on public land within her first year in office, a committee has released an online database featuring 126 potential sites.

Citing their extensive research, the authors of the study claim to have identified a surplus of suitable parcels capable of accommodating 1,000 beds for both shelter and permanent housing.

Alongside the list of potential sites, the committee also put forth a proposed timeline, outlining a six-month plan for the implementation of the housing initiative.

This move is also said to be a way of putting an end to a controversial, long-running federal litigation over homeless housing and enforcement on skid row and around the city.

This also abides with "Proposition HHH", which formed a considerable part of this new long-term legal federal lawsuit over homeless housing and enforcement on skid row and across the city.

  • Proposition HHH is a bill that was voted in November 2016, where the city overwhelmingly agreed to provide funds for the development of supportive housing for homeless people and families throughout the city.

Mayor Bass has identified sites for 500 interim housing beds and submitted them to the state for consideration in Governor Gavin Newsom’s emergency small-homes program. If approved, construction could start by July 2024.

Mayor Bass added that she intends to reassess the city's approach to permanent housing on its lands and develop a more ambitious program.

The mayor has set a goal of January 2025 to establish standards for identifying suitable land, engage the community, invest in infrastructure, find new financing methods, and explore innovative construction approaches.

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