(While this meeting is not taking place in Melrose Village, it is nearby and the area this group is discussing includes our area.)
The Midtown Los Angeles Homeless Coalition is holding a Summit on Homelessness on Thursday, July 9th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the ACME Theatre at 135 N. La Brea Avenue, and is encouraging community members and leaders to attend and learn how they can get involved in addressing homelessness locally. Light refreshments will be served from 6 to 6:30, followed by a program which will highlight the challenges that our chronically homeless neighbors face, and unveil the coalition’s 100 day goals.
The Midtown LA Homeless Coalition is made up of members representing a wide variety of neighborhood organizations, business groups, government agencies, and social service providers working together to build a local response to chronic homelessness in the Midtown region. The Coalition is working to support the implementation of the countywide Coordinated Entry System (CES) in the Midtown area. That approach focuses on connecting homeless individuals to permanent supportive housing, and has been proven to be effective both in addressing the needs of those living on the street and in reducing costs for cities. Scott Epstein, the Chair of the Mid City West Community Council, and leader of the coalition notes that “our homeless neighbors have a lot of health needs and are at great risk living on the streets. Permanent Supportive Housing is the key to getting our homeless community members’ lives back on track. And we know it will also save us money through reduced police costs, emergency room visits, etc.”
Antquan Washington of the Center at Blessed Sacrament is leading the coordination of services in the Midtown area, and hopes that the Summit will be a call to action for the community. “There’s a lot community members can do to assist in this effort,” Washington says. “We will need help reaching out to homeless neighbors and helping them obtain the necessary documentation to be housed. Stakeholders can also help by attending coalition meetings, raising funds, lend professional support, and more.” Members of the public will have the opportunity to sign up for these different volunteer opportunities at the event.
To learn more and RSVP, go to MidtownHomelessnessSummit.Eventbrite.com.