Case No. CV 20-02291, filed on April 15 by Scott Marcus, the Senior Assistant City Attorney Counsel for the City of Los Angeles, in the United States District Court – Central District of California, lists Councilman Mike Bonin’s proposal to put homeless at Will Rogers State Beach, at the site of the Junior Lifeguards camp.
The case pits plaintiffs LA Alliance for Human Rights against the defendant, the City of Los Angeles. U.S. District Judge David O. Carter is hearing the case.
Exhibit A is a report that shows the City’s efforts to house the homeless and notes that on April 16, 2021, the City will have developed 5,467 open and occupiable new intervention beds (compared to the earlier agreed upon 5,300 beds) and 728 beds in cooperation with the County for a total of 6,1995 open and occupiable beds.
Exhibit B summarizes the type of interventions being developed in each Council District and the number of unsheltered Angelenos that need to be moved from the freeways or who are 65 years are older from each of the Council Districts.
CD 11 (p. 21) identifies the under-the-freeway encampments the judge wants the City to address with the Sheltering Plan.
The court document then lists the interventions and developments that the City proposes. The proposed interventions, which include 50 tents/cabins at Will Rogers, at Dockweiler and at Marina del Rey Boat Launch parking lot are included here.
How much do tiny homes cost? In the document under Funding Recommendations: Interim Housing in Exhibits, it lists the amount the City will spend on different projects and where the funding may come from.
“This report recommends funding for two (2) new interim housing sites with 284 beds. $7,173,096 is proposed for the construction of a Tiny Home Village with 224 beds at Arroyo Drive and Avenue 60, a Recreation and Parks Department site, in Council District (CD) 14. An additional, $3,732,920 is recommended for services/operations through June 30, 2022 ($3,720,640), and for furniture, fixtures and equipment ($12,280) for this site.” The total cost is $51,556 per person.
For example, on page 7, it lists: “REPROGRAM $3,668,578 to Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund No. 63M, Department No. 10, Account No.10T695 from: a. $1,000,000 allocated to the Bureau of Engineering for site assessments and environmental studies for Tiny Home Village; and b. $2,668,578 reserved for matching funds for successful Homekey applications.
“TRANSFER $17,560,289 from the Federal Coronavirus Relief Fund No. 63M, Department No. 10, Account No. 10T695 to Fund No. 63M, Department No. 10, to various project accounts for the construction of eight (8) previously approved interim housing sites to replace Homeless Housing Assistance, and Prevention Program (HHAP) funding as outlined in this report, Page 13.”
To view the entire document, go to laalliance.org and click on court documents.