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Los Angeles Neighborhood Daycare Proposes Fear of Homeless Shelter Too Close to Elementary Schools

According to city documents obtained through a public records request made by residents, some Los Angeles residents fear a new homeless shelter may soon come to their neighborhood with elementary schools and a daycare.

Community members in Westchester and Playa del Rey say they found that city officials had requested information on two properties owned by Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) to set up temporary thatched housing for the homeless. Can you One of the locations—north of Westchester Blvd, east of Fire Station 5 and west of La Tijera—is a vacant plot of land a few hundred feet south of a preschool through 8th grade Catholic school.

“Our top concern is the safety of the children. I mean, there’s drug abuse, poop, there’s prostitution, there’s fights, there’s fire, as the list goes on,” Westchester resident Lucy Han told The Epoch Times.

The move comes as city officials grapple with pressure from residents to find housing options for the homeless living on the streets. According to a 2021 survey conducted by the Los Angeles Business Council and Hart Research, nearly a third of voters said they felt unsafe because of homeless individuals in their neighborhood, with 39 percent saying they changed their city or neighborhood because of the issue. Have considered leaving. ,

Voters are more pessimistic than optimistic that city leaders can adequately address the homelessness crisis, the survey found. Researchers interviewed 906 registered voters in Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, city officials are inquiring about vacant parking lots, unused industrial land for parks, vacant buildings and temporary housing units, the city’s budget and proposals are pulling from HHH funds. Proposition HHH—a $1.2 billion taxpayer-funded bond passed by voters in 2016—promised 10,000 permanent supportive housing units for the homeless. But five years later, only 489 of those units have been built, according to a March report.

Han, who has lived in Playa del Rey since 2006, said residents are kind and want to help elected officials find options to house the homeless in industrial areas. She suggested Manchester Square, which is also on the table 10 miles from LAX airport, as a potential pallet location.

She said she found through city records that her district representative, council member Mike Bonin, has been working with Congresswoman Maxine Waters since September to put other pallet locations in her district. But he and other residents are concerned that the city is not communicating with the community before negotiating properties.

City of Westchester, Calif., on December 12, 2021. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

Lt. Gef Didrick, of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department’s Homeless Outreach and Services Team (LASD host), said he had never heard of any other proposed shelter locations near the schools.

“Being the subject matter expert who has been engaging with services in vulnerable populations for the past 10 years of my professional life, it doesn’t make sense for two schools to have that kind of shelter,” Diedrich told The Epoch Times.

“If you’re going to take shelter in a community, do it in a positive way where the community can help,” he said.

HOSTs are deployed in various areas throughout the county by Sheriff Alex Villanueva to connect the homeless to housing and mental health resources. They went face-to-face with Bonin in the summer when Villanueva instructed him to clear the camp on the Venice boardwalk. Shortly after, Bonin requested $5 million from the city to employ homeless-provider St. Joseph’s Center to connect people with housing.

Venice residents and small business owners said crime has decreased since the boardwalk was approved.

Paula Garage, chair of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester/Playa, told The Epoch Times that Bonin’s office told her that she did not think the thatched shelter in front of the elementary school would go ahead.

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“We’ve asked, ‘Well if you don’t think it’s going to go ahead, take it off the idea so we can take all this frenzy from the neighborhood out of the mix,'” Garage said. “And they won’t, which lets me know there’s something out there.”

The garage said the neighborhood “has gone into full effect,” Han and another resident wrote in a letter addressed to Representative Waters, general manager of LAWA, and the Federal Aviation Administration, director of the Western Pacific Division, opposing the shelter. It was signed by 400 additional neighbors.

The letter highlighted a rise in crime when there were more than 80 camps before Westchester Park was cleared in October. Han said other temporary shelters in the Bonin district, such as A Bridge Housing, have also attracted more homeless camps outside of them.

“We really want to be predetermined about it and at least have increased visibility,” she said. “The principal didn’t know, the fire station chief didn’t know, and the residents didn’t know – we found it through a [public records request],

Garage said that even though the neighborhood council has not taken an official stance on a proposed thatched shelter in the neighborhood, residents fully support other shelter locations in the LAWA-owned district that are away from schools and residential areas.

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A homeless camp on October 5, 2021 in Santa Ana, Calif. (John Fredericks/The Epoch Times)

“You’re committing more homeless-on-homeless crimes, more homeless deaths, more crimes coming in the neighborhood, and there’s no one that’s looking for everyone,” Garage said. “And it should be equal protection, whether you are at home or out of the house.”

In October, Los Angeles officials voted to ban the camps and block the public right to sit, lie, sleep, or store, use, maintain, or hold private property, or otherwise in 54 designated areas in three districts. . , The two dissenting votes were council members Bonin and Nitya Raman.

“There should be punishment. And to say that we are NIMBY or that we do not care about the homeless, nothing could be further from the truth,” Gerez said. “We think that when we’ve raised billions of dollars to do nothing and let them be in their rut – and we voted for it – we chose to give our money, they’re not respecting that.”

Bonin – who is facing a recall attempt – has been criticized by some of his constituents for his handling of the homelessness issue. he recently voiced support For a major development project approved by the city council, which will include 140 housing units on a city-owned parking lot on Venice Boulevard median.

the councilor said Tweet that it “supports a wide range of housing and services to address homelessness, including shared housing, motel conversions, master leasing and much more. And we need projects like these—permanent assisted housing, that address chronic homelessness.” For the proven, most successful solution.

The Los Angeles Housing Authority (LAHSA) reported in 2020 that the district of Bonin had the largest increase in the number of homelessness over the previous year – with nearly 40 percent—3,165 immigrants.

LAHSA also announced this month that the homeless rehabilitation system placed 10,373 people in permanent housing in the first six months of 2021.

Council members Mike Bonin, Congresswoman Maxine Waters and LAWA did not respond to requests for comment by press deadline.

Jamie Joseph

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Jamie Joseph is a California-based reporter for The Epoch Times. She is a tea drinker, a foodie and a longtime reader of thriller novels.

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