There are at least 41,290 Angelenos living on the streets, in shelters, or in their vehicles on any given day. That’s an increase of 14.2% since 2019. 

The #1 cause of homelessness in Los Angeles for both single individual adults and families is the lack of affordable housing.

Despite the overwhelming moral crisis our city is facing, there are politicians who have been pushing for CARE+, also known as "sweeps", as a model for managing sanitation and homeless encampments in the City of LA.

 

These "sweeps" involve sanitation workers, homeless outreach workers, and police officers. In an organized and coordinated effort, they force unhoused Angelenos to relocate and remove all of their belongings. There are a variety of reasons why "sweeps" are wrong.

 

It is immoral and promotes the dehumanization of human beings​​​​

You can not "sweep" human beings. Unhoused Angelenos are like every other resident of Los Angeles: children, veterans, someone's mother, brother, etc. Most people who are living on the street or in RVs have nowhere else to go. I believe that housing is a human right and that the moral crisis of homelessness is not something that can be "swept" away. It is certainly not something we should be punishing people for when the affordability of the rental housing market is beyond the control of individual residents.

 

It violates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on homelessness and COVID-19

 

​We are still in a pandemic and the CDC clearly states how displacement increases the risk of spreading COVID-19 throughout the community. By continuing these "sweeps", the city is actively risking the health of not just unhoused Angelenos, but city workers and police officers.

 

It is cruel and counterintuitive

 

1 out of 3 uses of force by LAPD involves an unhoused Angeleno. When Black and Latino communities are overrepresented in the homeless population, using police violence as a response to this crisis only further deepens the racial and economic injustice in our society. The trauma from police violence makes it even harder to serve the unhoused since it's also a violation of public trust. Furthermore, these displacements also lead to loss of vital information like paperwork, documentation, contact information from social workers, etc. pushing people even further away from being housed. We should be serving those most vulnerable with resources, not handcuffs.

This moral crisis disproportionately impacts Black Angelenos who make up about 9% of the overall city population, yet are 40% of the overall unhoused population. Furthermore, veterans, undocumented immigrants, and members of the LGBT community are also overrepresented in the unhoused population. Many families, including my own, have been paying more than half of our paychecks towards rent and are one emergency away from facing eviction or homelessness. This crisis is not only an issue of housing, but also racial, social, and economic justice.

We need to end this humanitarian crisis once and for all and establish protections for renters and tenant’s rights. 

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As your Council Member I will:

Fight for All Angelenos

  • Not accept money from real estate developers

Fight for Unhoused Angelenos​​

  • Support universal permanent housing for all Angelenos

  • End the criminalization of homelessness and poverty

  • End the super-spreader events known as Special Enforcement and Cleaning Zones (SECZ) that jeopardize the health and well-being of unhoused Angelenos.

    • Four unhoused Angelenos die every day and in a moral, just society we should be providing the most vulnerable members of our society with care and support, not incarceration.

  • Fund services such as social work, mental health, and addiction treatment for Angelenos experiencing homelessness

  • Direct massive investments in public housing

  • Support access to clean restrooms and showers

Fight for Housed Angelenos​

  • Support a long term moratorium on all evictions for the duration of the pandemic and economic crisis

  • Support the cancellation of rent for all Angelenos and for mortgage holders unable to make payments due to loss of work for the duration of the pandemic and economic crisis

  • Support a Tenant’s Bill of Rights including a right to counsel

  • Introduce laws to protect tenants from landlord harassment

  • Fight for rent control

No one in one of the wealthiest cities in the country should have to experience the humanitarian crisis known as homelessness. Yet, Los Angeles has become the epicenter of this moral disaster. As a renter and someone who grew up in rent-controlled housing, this issue is personal to me. The rent continues to skyrocket and more Angelenos are being pushed to the brink of homelessness.

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