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New Skid Row Housing Project ‘Triggers for Recovery May Be’: Homeless Recovery Advocate

When Los Angeles laid the groundwork for the new Wingart Towers housing project in Skid Row on Sept. 28, many Los Angeles officials, including Mayor Eric Garcetti, called the move a “comprehensive solution to homelessness.” Funded.

A total of প্র 48 million in Prop HHH funds will go to the construction of We Wingart Tower, Los Angeles’ most anticipated homeless housing development in Skin Row; প্রথম 32 million in the first tower, which will give homeless people 382 units and দ্বিতীয় 16 million in the second 104 unit-tower.

More than 5 percent of voters passed the prop HHH, a ২ 1.2 billion ballot initiative aimed at fighting homelessness by building 10,000 supportive housing units. Five years later, city officials are coming to end Prop HH’s funding after building only 10 percent of their initial target.

Some, however, have questioned the effectiveness of the new Skid Row project, Prop HH and the overall approach to homelessness in the city.

Skid Row, Los Angeles, California, June 9, 2021.

Report of the Los Angeles Controller

Los Angeles Controller Ron Galparin released a report in 2019 showing that only 22 auxiliary housing units and 8 affordable units have been built. In 2021, the number is estimated to be around 1,000 units. Most of these units are one-bedroom or studio apartments ranging from 275-750 square feet and cost an average of 350 350,000 to 90 690,000 per unit, Galparin reports.

The report estimates that the overall cost of projects increased by 12 percent between 2016 and 2016, when project costs were first estimated, and 2019-2019; The cost of many of those projects has risen 25 percent in the first three years.

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (Lahsa) estimates that there were 28,464 homeless people in LA in 2016, of which 21,338 were unsettled. In 2020, Lahsa reported 411,290 homeless Angelinos – an increase of nearly 50 percent in 4 years.

With the rapid growth of the homeless population in recent years and rising costs, Galparin reported that the project “does not keep pace with the growing demand for supportive housing and shelter.”

Also, Galparin criticized the program’s management, saying developers were spending large sums of money on “soft costs” or “unsupported activities such as fees, consultancy and financing costs” and paid interest on millions of rupees. The projects were ready before the money was used. Galparin recommended creating a centralized accounting authority for the rest of the program.

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In addition, Galparin also recommended that the city “look for other ways to use the remaining funds to provide faster and less expensive projects, as well as review the most expensive pre-development projects to see what can be done to reduce costs.”

Pictures of the ages
Skid Row in Los Angeles, California, November 17, 2018. (John Fredericks / The Epoch Times)

Homeless recovery advocates on the “Housing First” approach

Homelessness and drug addiction recovery advocate Tom Wolf told The Epoch Times that the lack of financial oversight “speaks to the chaos about sustainable housing.”

Having been homeless from a family-based child support officer in San Francisco’s Tenderline District, Wolff has spent several years battling pill and heroin addiction.

Tom was arrested in 2001 and sentenced to three months in prison. Wolfe’s brother granted him bail and spent the next six months in a Salvation Army rehabilitation facility. Wolf has been quiet for three years now and is currently the case manager of a different Salvation Army in San Francisco, where he helps others recover.

“Being homeless is very traumatic. Some basic challenges [about] You also have to think about where someone is living, and where they are living, ”Wolff said.

“Look, you’re breaking the foundation of that housing project in Skid Row [would be] A trigger for me as a person that trying to stay clean and quiet in that place, and then when it doubles as I walk outside, I come back to Skid Row, because that’s where they built the housing project. So, these questions I think are worth asking why they chose that place, and nowhere else, ”Wolf said. “It simply came to our notice then. The way I see it is that it’s a humanitarian crisis and we all need a deck of hands. ”

Michael Rickfort

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This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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