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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. 5 unhoused residents die a day in LA.

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 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.

Renter's Rights are Human Rights

60% of LA City residents are renters, yet we don't have any real renters on the LA City Council. The only Members renting are doing so for district residency requirements, while also owning a separate house!

 

Our District, District 15, is also 60% renter. About 73% of District 15 renters, myself included, pay at least a third of our income on rent alone. This means that we are rent-burdened, stretching our income to pay for rent while struggling to feed our families, pay for other bills, and more. I believe that housing is a human right and in the second wealthiest city in the US, you shouldn't have to work multiple jobs or 7-days a week to afford a roof over our heads.

We need to make the communities that we love affordable to stay in and prohibit attempts to gentrify and displace our neighbors--housed and unhoused.

I support a Tenant's Bill of Rights which would include, but not limited to:

  1. An end to housing discrimination

  2. Protections against landlord harassments​​

  3. An affordable rent which can be achieved through:

    • Universal rent control​

    • Community Land Trusts

    • Tenant ownership, also known as Tenant Co-Ops

  4. Strong health and safety code enforcement

    • We deserve to live in a healthy and safety home. Landlords who refuse to comply with the law must be held accountable.​

    • A home free of health threats such as water and soil contamination

  5. Stronger consumer protections

  6. A right to free legal counsel

    • Your ability to afford an attorney shouldn't be a factor in fighting an eviction case. The city can fund legal eviction defense services to tenant's at risk of eviction.​

  7. Just-cause, no-fault, and false-eviction protections

    • A home is a social need and evictions are disruptive, traumatic, and harmful experiences. ​Tenant's must be protected against hostile threats and harassments from their landlord.

Sources: Los Angeles Tenant's Union (LATU) Handbook, Tenant's Together, Homes Guarantee Briefing Book.

Homelessness and lack of affordable housing is a moral crisis that disproportionately impacts Black Angelenos who make up about 9% of the overall city population, yet are 40% of the overall unhoused population. Furthermore, low-income residents, 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 housing a human right for all.

Housing For All
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As your Council Member I will:

Fight for All Angelenos

  • Not accept money from real estate developers

  • End all forms of housing discrimination

  • Public investments in alternatives to private market housing

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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