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All Hands on Deck for Clean-Up

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In early October, teams from LA City SanitationCalifornia Highway PatrolCaltransMetrolink and Union Pacific got together for three days to address the homeless encampments along the 405 freeway near Roscoe. I would like to thank all of the agencies for their efforts in addressing these encampments. For major encampments like this one that have cross jurisdictional boundaries it was vital that all levels of government engaged.

For those individuals who were looking for assistance, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) went out to these encampments and offered their services. We were able to find twelve people within the encampments who wanted that assistance. We certainly wish it was more, but there are twelve folks who hopefully will start the transition to permanent housing. In addition, our good friends at LA Family Housing and LAHSA also led a homeless connect station at North Valley Caring Services to get health vaccinations, access to transitional housing and other vital social services that will hopefully lead some of these folks back to the path of permanent housing.

Every day we see this issue in our communities and this cleanup will certainly not address all of our concerns. Councilmember Martinez’s office will continue to respond to each and every encampment in our community. If you see an encampment, please call my field office and let us know where it is located. I am certainly interested in making sure Councilmember Martinez’s staff and the city family help those who are looking for assistance and a path to permanent housing. Though for those who want to camp on our sidewalks and are not interested in services to find housing we will address those issues too. Councilmember Martinez’s office will always be committed to addressing any issue that will either limit or deter our communities from enjoying our public spaces. We will eliminate potential threats to public safety or public health. Councilmember Martinez wants to ensure our district is safe and clean for all families.

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