PROP HHH in itself is a great way for the City of LA to address the need for housing units for those experiencing homelessness. We supported it as a means to achieve the outcome we all want… to house those experiencing homelessness.
But, it is just a housing proposition. There is little funding for the emergency services, recover programs and jobs that are a building block to house persons and help keep them housed.
Several donors to the Los Angeles Mission have expressed that they no longer need to support our services because of PROP HHH. Nothing is further from the truth. The need for crisis services continues to grow in spite of our best efforts to reduce chronic homelessness of key population groups such as veterans, families and youth.
The vital meals, shelter and care provided by Los Angeles Mission’s donor assure that until housing is found, there is a safe place to stay. Healthy meals are available every day. And, those in crisis have an alternative to sleeping on the streets or in cars.
Yes we want everyone to achieve stable housing and self-sufficiency. But until such time as there are jobs and housing enough for everyone that needs one, we will continue to serve the community with love and care. We will let everyone in crisis know that somebody cares.
PROP HHH is enough for now as we work through our ability to use these funds wisely to provide efficient and cost-effective housing alternatives to those without housing. This is a long term community responsible effort. In the mean time we know crisis-housing, shelters, bridge housing, recuperative care beds and programs like our Fresh Start program are also vital services to the long term goal of ending homelessness.
It would be nice to say we are finished and we can move on to other things… but that is just not true. We see this every day in the faces of those who still have not been helped by our plans, programs and initiatives to end homelessness for them. Until their turn comes to we need to be here strong and secure providing the meals and care Los Angeles Mission is known for in our community.
We pledge to continue serving our friends and neighbors on your behalf every day until they too are safe and secure in their own homes and off the sidewalks, out of the tents, cars and encampments we see across the landscape of LA.