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Mayor Bass’ Inside Safe homeless initiative expands to Del Rey and South LA

Mayor Bass’ Inside Safe homeless initiative expands to Del Rey and South LA

Inside Safe initiative, the push by Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass to get homeless people off the streets, is expanding as workers reach out to unhoused individuals at two more encampments, one in South L.A. and one in Del Rey on the Westside, the mayor announced Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The latest efforts are underway near West 87th Street and Western Avenue in a South L.A. area represented b by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and near Culver Boulevard and South Slauson Avenue in Del Rey represented by Councilmember Traci Park.

Unhoused individuals at both locations have accepted temporary housing in motel rooms, where they should receive services and case management support to help them transition to permanent supportive housing, the mayor’s office said in a news release.

“Inside Safe is our strategy to bring unhoused Angelenos inside in a sustainable way,” Bass said. “Yesterday, I visited the site in South Los Angeles and spoke with Angelenos who were living in tents and were happy to move into temporary housing. As we scale up our operation, we are going to be able to house more and more Angelenos, and I look forward to continuing that work.”

Bass, whose first action as mayor was to declare a state of emergency on homelessness, launched her Inside Safe initiative in December shortly after taking office.

Since then, as part of the initiative, outreach workers have been sent to homeless encampments throughout the city – first to Cahuenga Boulevard near the 101 freeway underpass in Hollywood in Councilmember Nithya Raman’s district, then to Venice, part of Councilmember Park’s district.

Approximately 30 unhoused people in Hollywood and nearly 100 in Venice were placed in temporary housing, according to city officials.

This week’s announcement that the initiative has been expanded to two more sites brings the number of Inside Safe sites to four.

Harris-Dawson, working in partnership with the mayor’s office, city departments and a service provider, called the effort a “compassionate approach” to providing shelter for those seeking it while clearing the sidewalk.

“We are excited to get our unhoused neighbors in our district housing near their networks,” Harris-Dawson said. “Together, we housed 25 of our neighbors who eagerly accepted housing, dispelling the myth that homelessness is a choice.”

Park, in a statement, said the goal is to provide support to nearly 40 people living in the encampment at the Culver Boulevard median in Del Rey, the second Inside Safe site in her council district.

“I’m proud to partner once again with Mayor Bass to bring much-needed resources to the Culver Boulevard area,” Park stated.  “I’ve heard loud and clear how important this was for the local community, and I am so relieved that people living on the streets are going to be offered a safe place indoors.”

Bass has insisted that the Inside Safe program is not meant to be punitive, and that outreach workers will return multiple times if necessary to talk to individuals living on the streets to offer to have them relocate indoors.