SLNC Homelessness Committee Leads Efforts to Address Issues Impacting Un-housed Residents

The SLNC’s Homelessness in Silver Lake Committee continues to lead efforts to address the diverse issues that impact un-housed residents of Silver Lake–and to provide essential services to these community members. At its October meeting the committee approved a motion to support Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell’s (CD13) proposed Safe Parking Program at Edendale Library, which aims to provide safe parking options for individuals living in their vehicles. The Committee also approved a motion to send letters to Councilmembers O’Farrell and David Ryu (CD4) requesting a Bridge Housing site in Silver Lake. These motions will likely be considered at the November SLNC Governing Board meeting.

Homlessness Committee members also joined the SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition for the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council’s October 7 Potluck for Homeless Stakeholders, serving un-housed residents along the Los Angeles River. In addition to very tasty hot meals and care-kits, Liz Oz from People Assisting The Homeless (PATH) attended and helped connect people experiencing homelessness with services. After the picnic,  SLNC committee members participated in SELAH’s outreach and engagement with homeless community members who were unable to attend the picnic

Finally, members of the SLNC Homelessness Committee participated in the October 9 Los Feliz Homeless Connect Day, coordinated by the office of Supervisor Kuehl, Councilmember Ryu, and Assemblymember Friedman, in partnership with the SELAH Neighborhood Homeless Coalition and supported by the Atwater Village, Los Feliz and Silver Lake Neighborhood Councils. Over 40 volunteers contributed their time to the event.

With non-profits onsite to assist the roughly 75 un-housed members of our communities who attended, a lot was achieved. In addition to hot meals, showers, haircuts and resources, a third of the attendees were able to obtain IDs–allowing them to bypass an obstacle that can impede access to aid. Special thanks to Erin Schneider, Fernando Morales, Rachel Fox, and former SLNC board remember Seamus Garrity on behalf of Supervisor Kuehl, Councilmember Ryu and Assemblymember Friedman office for putting on this great community resource and allowing our neighborhoods to band together in order to make a positive impact.

According to Nithya V. Raman, co-chair of the Homelessness in Silver Lake Committee, “The committee will continue to push for adequate resources in our neighborhood, such as temporary housing, service centers and permanent-supportive housing.” Raman invited residents and stakeholders to join the monthly meeting, which is held from 6-7:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month at the Silver Lake Recreation Center, and find out how to become involved.