STATEMENT: Mayor Garcetti on talks with HUD Secretary Ben Carson on federal partnership to confront the homelessness crisis

“Too many Americans, and too many Angelenos, will sleep on the streets tonight. We are called to serve one another and show true California compassion by doing everything we can to get our brothers and sisters off the streets and into a bed. The City will work with the federal government to move forward with a partnership that will bring new resources to Los Angeles to house more of our homeless neighbors through the use of federal lands, new funds, and the wraparound support services they need to permanently come off the streets. The City of Los Angeles has already shown a strong commitment to our neighbors in need by pulling together and funding the largest permanent supportive housing plan in our history. Now, we have an opportunity to show our fellow Californians — and the country — how we will rise to the challenge by working across party lines to put people first and compassionately house our most vulnerable. I thank Secretary Carson and his team for bringing a sincere commitment to this joint work and modeling what true partnership looks like in addressing this crisis.  I am optimistic that these additional resources can help us turn the tide in our mutual work to bring Americans living on our streets home.” — Mayor Eric Garcetti