FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Event Date: Monday, Nov. 1, 2010
Contact: Jeremy Oberstein, (213) 359-8506
Krekorian, Antonovich to Hold “Homeless Connect Day” to Match Transients with Social Service Groups
LOS ANGELES – On Monday, Nov. 1, Councilmember Paul Krekorian, with Supervisor Mike Antonovich, will hold a clinic in Sunland-Tujunga to match homeless individuals living in the region with assistance and resources from a variety of social service groups.
What: “Homeless Connect Day” with Councilmember Krekorian, Supervisor Antonovich and more than a dozen government/nonprofit agencies.
When/where: Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 | Northeast Valley City Hall Auditorium, 7747 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Organizations to appear include: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, Department of Mental Health, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center, Chrysalis and many more.
Services to be provided include: A hot lunch, flu shots, health screenings, drug treatment programs and more.
Why: Since taking office in January 2010, Councilmember Krekorian has received many reports from residents and businesses about homelessness in Sunland-Tujunga and the surrounding communities.
Krekorian, with city and county staff, public safety agencies and social service groups, has worked aggressively to address this complex issue and those efforts are beginning to produce positive result. But more work remains to successfully reduce the number of homeless people in the area by connecting them with housing and other services they need.
At the request of Councilmember Krekorian, the Office of Public Safety (OPS) and the LAPD began to increase and coordinate their patrol and enforcement of Sunland Park. The increased patrols, in conjunction with detailed reports of illegal activity from concerned community members, have led to five arrests and three tickets being issued at the park. The offenses have typically involved public drinking and outstanding warrants. But he wanted to go one step further.
“This is the first step in ultimately matching the homeless and transient population with opportunity to get help toward living independently and off the streets,” Krekorian said. “In a collaborative effort, local community service agencies and volunteer groups will come together on this day to connect the homeless with medical screenings, mental health and substance abuse assessments and temporary housing opportunities.”
Councilmember Paul Krekorian represents Los Angeles’ Second Council District, which includes the communities of: Lake View Terrace, La Tuna Canyon, North Hollywood, Shadow Hills, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Sunland, Sun Valley, Tujunga, Valley Village, Valley Glen and Van Nuys. His website is cd2.lacity.org, where you can sign up for news updates or visit him on Twitter (@Paul Krekorian) or Facebook.