April 23, 2024 The Newspaper Serving LGBT Los Angeles

LAHSA Report Exposes Failures of Anti-Camping Ordinance, Allegedly Kept Secret Since November

City Controller and Council Members Speak Out Against Withheld Report 

LA City Controller Kenneth Meija posted comments on social media about an unreleased report from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) that was kept secret and has recently come to light, as was reported by The LAist. This report highlights the ineffectiveness of the City of Los Angeles’ anti-camping ordinance in addressing homelessness.  

Meija outlined the issues that the report details in a thread on Twitter and concluded, “Criminalizing homelessness is not the way we’re going to solve homelessness; if anything, it just makes it worse. Also, the City sitting on these reports just creates more distrust of the City government.”

The anti-encampment law, Ordinance 41.18 (LAMC 41.18), has been highly touted as the solution to homeless camping in public places by several City Council members. 

City Council member Hugo Soto-Martinez said on social media, in response to the LAist article, “We *still* have not officially received this report, but here’s what we know: Encampments swept with 41.18 nearly always return. We spend A LOT of $$ on this ineffective criminalization of homelessness. People swept in 41.18 operations almost never receive shelter or housing.”

This report was ordered by the City Council nearly a year ago and has allegedly been finished since November, but it has not been released to the City Council and the public. Very few people have seen it, but a copy was provided to the LAist by a trusted source. 

The findings reveal shortcomings in housing unhoused individuals and preventing their return to encampments in designated 41.18 zones.

Criminalizing homelessness, as per the report, exacerbates the issue without providing a meaningful solution. Out of 1,856 unhoused individuals in 41.18 zones, only 0.1% were placed in permanent housing, and 7.7% found interim housing. The report suggests that using 41.18 sweeps for housing initiatives is ineffective.

Concerns arise regarding the prevention of encampment returns in 41.18 zones, as 81% of the 174 encampments subjected to 41.18 sweeps witnessed the return of individuals who were previously living there. Additionally, 77% reported repopulation from other encampments, questioning the ordinance’s efficacy in maintaining clear zones.

The report also points out various issues:

  • A significant majority (93.5% of unhoused individuals) were actively working with outreach workers for housing before the 41.18 ordinance was enacted.
  • Encampment sweeps can disrupt service pathways for unhoused individuals, leading to potential disconnection with service providers after displacement.
  • Distrust of service providers may develop among unhoused individuals, impacting their willingness to accept services after being forced to move.
  • Encampment sweeps may result in a loss of identification and documentation crucial for ongoing services and eventual housing.

The report emphasizes that LAMC 41.18, as currently written, lacks provisions for additional housing resources before or during enforcement operations. In 2023, there were 1,912 41.18-related arrests, marking a substantial 124% increase from 853 in 2022. The report underscores the need for a reevaluation of the ordinance’s effectiveness and a comprehensive approach to addressing the homelessness crisis.

According to the LAist, this report was not given to Nithya Raman, Los Angeles City Councilmember for the 4th District and head of the City Council’s housing and homelessness committee, until Wednesday, February 28, despite having been finished in November of 2023.

Related Posts

Outrage Erupts Over Demolition of Iconic Midcentury Craig Ellwood Home in Brentwood

April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024

Destruction of Zimmerman House Creates Internet Backlash Preservationists lamented last year when another treasure of L.A.’s midcentury modern architecture vanished,...

(Video) Ariana Madix Confirms Something About Her Will Open Soon at LA Times Festival of Books

April 22, 2024

April 22, 2024

Ariana Madix answers the questions that fans want to ask at the Festival of Books as she appears to support...

Kanye West Accused of Punching Prominent Restaurateur at Chateau Marmont

April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024

Eyewitnesses Contradict Kanye’s Team, Claiming West Instigated Altercation Rapper Kanye West allegedly punched one of two twin brothers, who are...

Comedian Michelle Collins Brings her Big Natural Tour to LA

April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024

She’s funny, tall, glam and finally long-legging her way across these United States… it’s the Michelle Collins stand-up comedy tour...

Former CBS CEO Admits Role in Disclosure of Confidential Police Information

April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024

Leslie Moonves Fined for Aiding Misuse of Confidential Data in LAPD Complaint Former CBS CEO Leslie Moonves has acknowledged his...

Los Angeles Police Department Reveals Identity of Victim Found in Stolen U-Haul Truck in West Adams

April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024

Body Found in Rental Vehicle Was Shot in the Head, LAPD Seeks Information Detectives from the West Bureau Homicide Division...

Coming to Venice for 4/20? Visit your original cannabis locals! Specials! Live entertainment @4:20pm  Doors open at 10am!!

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Coming to Venice for 4/20? Visit your original cannabis locals! Specials! Live entertainment @4:20pm Doors open at 10am!! Free goodies!!...

Venice Kush Hosts “The Real Deal” Cannabis Celebration at the Beach

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

A Day of Education, Innovation, and Community at Venice Beach Venice Kush is gearing up to host its much-anticipated “The...

Get Jokerfied with The People’s Joker Director Vera Drew Interview; Now Playing at the Nuart Theatre

April 19, 2024

April 19, 2024

Vera Drew on Crafting a Trans Supervillain and Creating Comedy Chaos By Dolores Quintana The People’s Joker is an explosive...

Nicolas Cage Stars in Arcadian: A Bewitching Apocalypse

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

New Horror Film Delivers Solid Monster Movie Experience Arcadian is a new horror film starring Nicolas Cage (Dream Scenario, Mandy),...

Trans-Latin@ Coalition Expresses Gratitude, Calls For Trans Acceptance

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Major Crimes Division Successfully Nabs Perpetrator After Investigation The Los Angeles Police Department’s Major Crimes Division has announced the arrest...

Hairstylist Brutally Attacked in West Hollywood; Family Seeks Justice

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Alberto Vasquez Found with Cracked Skull, Family Pushes for Arrest Alberto Vasquez, a hairstylist, was viciously attacked in West Hollywood...

“Linda Perry: Let It Die Here” Documentary Premieres at Tribeca Festival 2024

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Filmmaker Don Hardy Offers Intimate Look at Renowned Musician Linda Perry Today, Mercury Studios and Utopia Originals revealed the eagerly...

Tito’s Tacos to Introduce New Chicken Burrito for Cinco De Mayo

April 18, 2024

April 18, 2024

Beloved Westside Eatery Unveils Fresh Addition to Timeless Menu Tito’s Tacos, a cherished Los Angeles establishment renowned for its timeless...

Michael’s Santa Monica Celebrates 45 Years with Culinary Extravaganza With Famous Chefs

April 17, 2024

April 17, 2024

Iconic Restaurant Hosts “Great Party!!” Benefitting No Kid Hungry Campaign  Michael’s Santa Monica is set to commemorate its 45th anniversary...