ALL HANDS ON DECK MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI SIGNS EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE TO IMPLEMENT A “NO WRONG DOOR” STRATEGY ACROSS ALL CITY DEPARTMENTS
Mayor Garcetti and City General Managers at the Los Angeles Central Library announced an Executive Directive implementing a “No Wrong Door” strategy across all City departments. The sixteenth Executive Directive of Mayor Garcetti’s administration establishes the Mayor’s Homelessness Cabinet made up of representatives from each City department. The group is charged with providing accountability and effective implementation of the Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy through collaboration, data sharing, and strategic planning specific to each department. According to the Executive Directive, “This will ensure that there will be ‘no wrong door’ for a homeless person to connect to services regardless of which Department’s door the person enters.”
The Directive is a major stride in the implementation of the City’s Comprehensive Homelessness Strategy approved in February. One of the Strategy’s guiding principles included the adoption of this “No Wrong Door” approach to improve the City’s interactions with individuals experiencing homelessness and give City staff the tools they need to connect individuals to services and housing.
“No longer will where one resides, or if one is housed or not, determine the quality that they receive for City Services.”
The 2016-2017 Mayor’s Proposed Budget allocated an unprecedented $138 million to addressing the City’s homelessness crisis with 22% of this funding dedicated to expanding homelessness services provided by LAHSA and add new services to City departments to support the “No Wrong Door” approach.
The Mayor’s Homelessness Cabinet will identify ways that existing city resources and capacity could be leveraged. Each City General Manager was required to submit a Homelessness Strategy Action Plan by June 30, 2016.
H.O.P.E (Homeless Outreach Proactive Engagement) Teams
Homeless Outreach Partnership Endeavor (HOPE) Teams are a coordinated partnership between the Los Angeles Police Department, Department of Sanitation, Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority - Emergency Response Teams (LAHSA ERT), and the City Attorney's office. This team connects Angelenos living in encampments to housing and services.
“No longer will City Services be a part of managing street homelessness, but will be part of the regional solution that exits residents out of homelessness for good.”