While Los Angeles is one of the wealthiest cites in the country, we have the highest population of unhoused individuals — over 40,000 people experiencing homelessness within our city limits.  

Within Council District 13, alone, homelessness has risen disproportionately by nearly 30% this year, with 4000 unhoused individuals in our district consisting of 136 families with children. With the COVID-19 pandemic, this crisis has expanded exponentially.   

Through federal relief and state measures, Los Angeles has had access to nearly $2 billion in funding to address this crisis.  However, poor leadership and lack of accountability have left our city in peril and exposing deeper issues of apathy and inequity.  


Locations in our district, such as the Los Angeles River bike path continue to see some of the largest increases in homeless encampments, second only to Echo Park.  The compelling need for compassionate and innovative solutions is evident and immediately required.  

As the head of a neighborhood council homeless committee, my team and I have:  

  • Conducted targeted outreach to unhoused individuals resulting in an 18% reduction of homeless encampments
  • Launched efforts to get unhoused individuals elected to neighborhood council board seats so that their voices were represented correctly within our community.  

Yet, more needs to be done, including increasing our city’s housing supply. We need to re-imagine sustainable solutions that support a Housing First Model for the rapid placement of homeless individuals into permanent structures, with minimal entry barriers.   

Instead of single occupancy units, currently being built at a cost of more than $500,000 each for our unhoused, mobile trailers, industrial tents and modular homes are a few cost-effective methods for alternative rapid housing solutions.  Repurposing city structures and land sites present even simpler solutions.

Paid for by Steve Johnson for City Council 2022
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