On Wednesday, April 17, City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez introduced a motion to revise City's housing strategy to meet the needs of homeless families with children. Following the introduction of her motion, Councilwoman Martinez released the following statement.
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Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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Statement From Councilwoman Nury Martinez on Introduction of Her Motion to Revise Housing Strategy to Meet the Needs of Homeless Families With Children
Recommending a Permanent Solution to Get Families out of Motel Rooms
Los Angeles, CA - City of Los Angeles Councilwoman Nury Martinez issued the following statement after her motion to revise the housing strategy to meet the needs of homeless families with children was introduced at today’s City Council meeting:
“In 2018, data from Council District Six alone shows that 351 families with children were identified as experiencing homelessness. This represents 1,242 family members. It is unacceptable for kids to grow up in an environment that hinders their development, and as a City, we need to do better. We can’t wait. We absolutely must provide children with housing stability, a sense of safety, and an environment to thrive.
“That is why I asked the City Administrative Officer to review LA Family Housing’s “It Takes a Village” proposal and report back with recommendations to expeditiously get families with children out of motels and into more appropriate housing (interim or permanent). Additionally, I asked the CAO to look at a revised housing strategy to meet the needs of homeless families with children and report back on how we can better identify family clients for permanent housing, including traditional affordable housing not funded by Prop HHH.
“While the faces of homelessness vary across the City of LA, women with children endure the heaviest burden of struggling to provide not only food and shelter, but as parents to also nurture and foster the development of their children. Our City’s resources need to be reevaluated so our future generation of leaders, thinkers, and doers do not carry the trauma from growing up with limited resources not conducive for supporting emotional and educational development.”
Councilwoman Nury Martinez is the President Pro-Tem of the Los Angeles City Council. She represents the Sixth Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Van Nuys, Lake Balboa, Sun Valley, Panorama City, Arleta, North Hollywood, and North Hills East.