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We’re Not Giving Up: A Plan for Homelessness Governance in Los Angeles

We promised that our collective work was not a report to be shelved but a mandate for action. In fact, our mantra is our purpose: No Going Back LA! This mandate calls on us to use this crisis as an opportunity for structural change on the most important challenges of the day.

We commissioned Dr. Raphael J. Sonenshein, Ph.D. Executive Director Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs Cal State LA, to author this report. 

This report proposes a first-of-its-kind entity for Los Angeles that will establish milestones for outcomes and ways to measure those transparent outcomes to stakeholders, the unhoused and unsheltered, and the public. This entity would also be responsible for regularly communicating to stakeholders, people experiencing homelessness, and the public the results of these outcome measures.

“No policy issue is more pressing than the rapidly escalating crisis of people experiencing homelessness and our failure to create a comprehensive system to reverse its trajectory.”

Los Angeles combines an already fragmented system of general governance with a fragmented governance system on homelessness.

Any new governance structure must be customized around these uniquely Los Angeles features.

We often assume the problems in homelessness governance can be solved with: more leadership, more data, restructured government institutions, more coordination, more city-county collaboration, and more money.

Los Angeles combines an already fragmented system of general governance with a fragmented governance system on homelessness.

Any new governance structure must be customized around these uniquely Los Angeles features.

We often assume the problems in homelessness governance can be solved with: more leadership, more data, restructured government institutions, more coordination, more city-county collaboration, and more money.

This independent report commissioned by the Committee for Greater LA challenges these assumptions.

The actual governance problem in Los Angeles is the absence of a center, a magnetic force that can draw our disparate best efforts to a common mission.

The first set of policies the Committee identified for implementation were homelessness and housing. The Committee drew particular attention to problems of governance. The Committee’s Ad Hoc Homelessness and Housing Action Team reached out to the Pat Brown Institute at Cal State LA. to undertake an independent study of the governance challenge regarding homelessness in Los Angeles.

The goal of this report was to identify the problems of governance and to recommend whatever solutions would best improve the system.

As members of the Committee for Greater L.A., we are #NOTGIVINGUP and are committed to doing whatever it takes to end homelessness. The homelessness crisis in the Los Angeles region call for increased collective action and accountability. Through this report, we hope to build a movement among stakeholders and leaders in Los Angeles.

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