The S-T Homeless Working Group met this afternoon at North Valley City Hall. This is a new group created by Councilman Richard Alarcon and coordinated by his Deputy, Jose Rodriguez .
There were over 30 participants at today’s meeting representing numerous City and County agencies, shelters, and homeless advocates. Also participating today was STNC president, Mark Seigel, LUC Chair, Tomi Bowling, and Joe Barrett, of the Sunland-Tujunga Alliance.
One thing we learned today that I was unaware of is that LAHSA (Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority) and DPM (Dept of Mental Health) are now conducting weekly visits to Sunland Park and other gathering places of the homeless to offer assistance.
We can also look forward to an accurate count of the homeless being made in the near future, which will be a big first step towards qualifying people for housing at the Day Street Apartments.
Councilman Alarcon has really made a commitment to step up and address the Homeless issues in our community and it is truly impressive to see so many agencies now turning their attention towards Sunland-Tujunga.
There is still a long ways to go and progress is not always apparent on a day to day basis, but there is definitely real progress being made.