The Public Health Crisis on Our Streets

  1. Are we improving public health? Do current policies and programs benefit public health, and how can that be measured? Would other practices be more effective? If so, what would they cost? What best practices have other jurisdictions used? What do public health agencies, such as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and other professionals in the field recommend?
  2. Are we helping or hurting efforts to get people out of encampments and into housing and services? Do current policies and programs facilitate efforts to connect people to services, social workers, and/or stable housing? Or do they disrupt those efforts? How effective have clean-ups been at adhering to the City’s “No Wrong Door” approach to connecting people with services? What percentage of people living in encampments have been approached for services and housing, how many have accepted, and how many have successfully moved into long-term housing? What is the view of people who are formerly or currently homeless?
  3. What is the appropriate role of law enforcement in clean-ups? To what extent do employees of city departments, as well as social workers and outreach workers request or require the presence of law enforcement personnel at clean-ups? How many citations have been issued or arrests made in connection with clean-ups, and what impact has that had on reducing crime, reducing blight, and getting unhoused people into services or housing?
  4. What is the appropriate level of oversight and community engagement? How can we make sure neighbors can be actively engaged in solutions? Should the city form an advisory committee composed or public health officials, people with lived experience with homelessness, or community-based organizations to help monitor, provide feedback on, and improve programs?

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Mike Bonin

Mike Bonin

Councilmember representing the Westside of LA; Director, LA Metro; Comic book fan; Dad and Husband.