SLNC Homelessness Committee Leads Efforts for Safe Parking and Bridge Housing

KPCC reports on the new generation of homeless advocates, and quotes SLNC Homelessness Committee Co-chair Nithya V. Raman. Pictured: A makeshift shelter in Koreatown, Los Angeles. (Matt Tinoco/KPCC

The SLNC Governing Board unanimously passed two motions submitted by the SLNC Homelessness Committee in support of enhanced services for un-housed members of the community. The first motion authorizes the Board to send a letter to city officials endorsing a Safe Parking Program for those who are experiencing homelessness. The second motion approves a letter to L.A. City Council asking for a bridge housing facility in the area. According to Homelessness Committee Co-chair Nithya V. Raman, “Los Angeles is facing an unprecedented rise in housing costs, leaving many people vulnerable to losing their homes. Yet, it is illegal for residents to sleep in their car on most streets, and the closest walk-in winter shelter beds are on Skid Row.” Raman noted that at a time when many neighborhoods are fighting against homeless resources, the SLNC has been a consistent voice of support. “We hope that this neighborhood can continue to be a leader in helping our most vulnerable residents.“

Raman, who co-chairs the Homelessness Committee along with SLNC Vice Chair Darius Derakshan, is quoted in this KPCC story on volunteer organizations that aren’t waiting for government to address the homelessness crisis.