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WSCCOG Supports AB 653 (Bloom) for Bridge Housing at the West LA Armory

Supervisor Kuehl and the County of Los Angeles is proud to sponsor AB 653 (Bloom), which would allow Los Angeles County to lease a portion of the West Los Angeles Armory to build a year-round bridge housing program. 

 The bill will be heard in the Assembly Accountability and Administrative Review Committee on April 10th at 9:00 am. This bill would only authorize the state to enter into a lease with the County, it does not approve or deny the project at this time. The details of the project will be reviewed and approved between the National Guard and Los Angeles County after extensive community process concludes. Passage of AB 653 is necessary to move the project forward within a reasonable timeline and we need your support!

 Please help Los Angeles County’s efforts to pass AB 653 into law by submitting letters of support and forwarding to your networks for support.

Please submit letters through the California Legislature Advocates Portal and send a copy of your completed letters to  Deadline for letters is Wednesday, April 3, 2019. However, the County can continue to receive letters after that deadline as it will provide many more opportunities for support in this process.


New Video Resources Encourage Community to Get Involved in Addressing Homelessness in Santa Monica

With the support of a grant from the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative, the City of Santa Monica created a training curriculum and a series of videos to encourage community members to get involved. The City uses the DEEPeR (Determine Situation, Effective Engagement, Problem Solving, and Resolution) strategy provides a framework to empower community members to have safer, more effective interactions with people experiencing homelessness.  

Click here to view the full library of DEEPeR and Services in Sixty videos. For more information about addressing homelessness, including ways to volunteer, donate and advocate, visit 

Here is a description of the videos:

  1. Day in the Life – Santa Monica shares a story of Kevin, who has lived Santa Monica for many years. The video shares his inspiring story about how changed his life by connecting local service providers and housing.

  2. Services in Sixty Seconds - Santa Monica has longstanding partnerships with local social service agencies to provide a comprehensive range of housing and supportive services.  “Services in Sixty” highlights a few of the organizations that serve people experiencing homelessness in Santa Monica. 

  3. DEEPeR Overview - The DEEPeR strategy provides a set of tools that empower community members to have safer, more effective interactions with people experiencing homelessness.  The DEEPeR overview video introduces this strategy, which can be applied to any encounter with someone you do not know.  

  4. DEEPeR Businesses - Local businesses are often impacted by homelessness. Businesses can how they can apply the DEEPeR strategy and other resources to problem-solve situations at their business. 

  5. DEEPeR Landlords - Property managers play a vital role in our community.  Using the DEEPeR strategy can help address problematic behaviors and direct people toward services.  

  6. DEEPeR Residents - The DEEPeR strategy can help residents have safer, more effective interactions with our neighbors experiencing homelessness. Residents can learn more about the resources available in Santa Monica and ways to get involved to address homelessness.  

  7. DEEPeR Charitable Organizations - Faith communities and other charitable organizations have a long history of helping those in need. The DEEPeR strategy can guide these organizations to help in more effective ways by connecting people to social services.  

County Recommends Homelessness Plan Implementation Grants to Westside Cities

The County is recommending to award the Cities of Culver City and West Hollywood with grants to support the implementation of their homelessness plans. The grants will support increasing the supply of interim and permanent housing for people experiencing homelessness.

Culver City will receive $280,000 for a feasibility study on motel conversion and modular housing on city property and inclusionary zoning ordinance.

West Hollywood will receive $300,000 for a study on exploring city-owned and alternative sites for bridge and permanent housing development.

Culver City releases proposals for housing feasibility studies

As part of the Culver City’s implementation efforts to address homelessness, the City released three request for proposals in September 2018 for the following studies:

Increasing affordable housing development in the Westside is a key strategy in decreasing and preventing homelessness in the region.