Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Two members of the Los Angeles city council filed a motion on Friday to prepare the city for a possible retreat from a prominent homeless group.
The council reviewed the governance structure of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority before Councilor Paul Koretz and Councilor and mayoral candidate Joe Buscaino made the proposal.
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The decision was made after assessing how LAHSA is running its organization and whether its goals in addressing the LA homeless crisis have been achieved.
“The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome… in the case of LAHSA, when the information, resources and services the organization provides continue to lag behind what we need to accommodate Angelenos. “And on your feet again, all options for reform – including severing these links – should be on the table,” said Koretz.
LAHSA is an organization with an annual budget of US $ 1 billion that provides sheltered Angelenos and provides contact with homeless services.
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Buscaino, the other city councilor who spoke up on Friday, criticized the organization’s lack of transparency.
“Without knowing critical information about who has been offered accommodation and who has turned it down, the city cannot enforce our anti-camping laws and distinguish between those who want help and those who don’t,” said Buscaino. “This leads to the proliferation of dangerous, inhuman camps, where innocent people who experience homelessness are exposed to criminals who hunt them down. It’s not compassionate – it’s inconsiderate. “
LAHSA has not yet publicly responded to the motion, which will next be submitted to the city’s Homeless and Poverty Committee for review.
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