Councilmember Curren Price and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas on Feb. 13 welcomed the arrival of the first 10 trailers sent by Gov. Gavin Newsom to South LA to temporarily house homeless families with children.
Thanks to the efforts between City, County and State governments, local families who at one point were living in cars, RVs and motel rooms are being taken off of the streets and put on the fast track to housing stability.
In the span of just a few weeks, departments including LA Sanitation and Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, were able to turn an underutilized parking lot in District 9 into a community that will now be home to dozens of people. Councilmember Price filed the Los Angeles City Council motion to expedite the lease for the project site.
“With the addition of this location, families will now be offered a fresh start to get back on their feet and on track to building a better future. We’re not only transforming their lives, but restoring their dignity,” said Councilman Price. “We understand the magnitude of this humanitarian crisis and we need to examine every possible solution from different angles. We must continue to work collaboratively and expeditiously with our partners if we are to solve the crisis of our generation.”
The trailers, which were donated by the State, are equipped with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and dining area. There will also be wrap-around services provided by St. Joseph Center to assist the families with the support and care they need. This location will include an outdoor playground for the children, pet area and patio area for families to enjoy.
On Saturday, Feb. 15 Councilmember Price, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas, St. Joseph Center and United Way of Greater LA will host a Community Day with about 50 volunteers and residents from surrounding neighborhoods to prepare and beautify the site. This includes installing landscaping, equipping the trailers with basic necessities, and creating welcome baskets for the families who will move in.
If you have any questions about Councilman Price's homelessness initiatives, call his District Office at (323) 846-2651.