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ADVOCATES’ PRESS CONFERENCE Tues., June 4th
12:00 PM – KING EDWARD HOTEL, DTLA

As L.A. officials release the 2019 homeless count, housing justice
and homeless advocates will blast L.A.’s expensive, largely ineffectual
approach to its homeless and affordable housing crises and recommend the ‘Three
Ps
Protect Tenants, Preserve Communities and Produce
Housing.
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AHF also launches new L.A. billboard campaign: ‘Homelessness Kills’
and ‘Gentrification Sucks.’

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On Tuesday, June 4th—the day Los Angeles officials formally
release the region’s 2019 homeless count—housing justice and homeless
advocates with Housing
Is A Human Right
,’ Healthy
Housing Foundation by AHF
,’ ‘Coalition
to Preserve LA
,’ AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF)
and other groups will host a PRESS CONFERENCE on the homeless
numbers and criticize government officials’ response to the crisis,
including their expensive and largely ineffectual approach to the human
catastrophe of homelessness in Los Angeles.

The press conference will be held June 4th at 12:00 pm PT
at the King Edward Hotel (121 E. 5th Street, L.A., CA
90013), a historic 150-room single room occupancy (SRO) hotel built in
1906 on edge of L.A.’s Skid Row—and now a practical example of ‘adaptive
reuse’—which Healthy Housing Foundation by AHF purchased in April 2018
and repurposed as homeless and extremely-low-income housing.

WHAT:

 

PRESS CONFERENCE: 2019 L.A. HOMELESS
COUNT RELEASED
—Advocates to comment on L.A.’s response
to homeless crisis; urge officials to adopt the ‘Three Ps—Protect
Tenants, Preserve Communities and Produce Housing’
and pursue
‘adaptive reuse’ of old SRO hotels to repurpose as homeless
housing.

WHEN:

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 12:00 pm (noon)

WHERE:

King Edward Hotel, 121 East 5th Street (at Los Angeles St),
L.A., CA 90013

WHO:

Michael Weinstein, president, AHF

Jill Stewart, executive director, Coalition to Preserve

René Moya, director, Housing is a Human Right

Clemente Franco, Land Use Attorney, South Central
Neighborhood Council

Susan Hunter, Healthy Housing Foundation (HHF)

Other housing advocates TBD

TV DESKS:

Consider going LIVE from the King Edward Hotel throughout
the day with homeless count stories

B-ROLL: Tours of the King Edward Hotel, and a sample redone hotel room

According to the Los
Angeles Times
, “Los Angeles will release numbers from its
homeless population count … and 
officials
are expecting the number to rise
 even though the region spent
$619 million last year on the problem.”
The newspaper separately and
previously reported
that “The 2018 count stated there were 53,195 homeless people in Los
Angeles County.”

At the press conference, housing advocates will also urge government
agencies and officials—who have forced the public, including many
homeless individuals, to wait three years for the first Measure HHH
homeless housing units to come online later this year—to adopt an
approach they are branding as the ‘Three
Ps—Protect Tenants, Preserve Communities and Produce Housing
.’

In response to the expected—and understood to be significant—increase in
homeless numbers in Los Angeles to be announced Tuesday, Michael
Weinstein
, president of AHF offered this statement: “L.A.’s homeless
crisis is a failure of imagination and will built on a foundation of
corruption at City Hall. History will cast a very harsh judgement on us
for lavishing privileges on billionaire developers while thousands died
on the pavement. It is quite simply a moral outrage and a disgrace.
Every single additional day that goes by when a single person must
endure this indignity in one of the richest cities in the world reflects
poorly on all of us. Our mayor and city council must be held accountable
or we are all responsible.”

Housing Justice Groups to Urge L.A. Officials
to Adopt SRO Model for Homeless

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council passed a record $10.6 billion
budget that includes $457 million earmarked for homeless programs. More
than half of that funding will come from the Measure HHH bond.

Measure HHH, the well-intentioned Los Angeles City ballot measure
authorizing $1.2 billion in bonds to pay for the construction of 10,000
units of housing for homeless people and that passed with 76% of the
vote in November 2016, will not house its first residents until 4th
quarter of 2019, when the first projects are completed—which city
officials estimate at a cost of over $500,000 per housing unit.

During the Tuesday press conference, housing advocates will urge City
and County of Los Angeles officials to adopt the SRO hotel model for
homeless housing that Healthy Housing Foundation by AHF has been
successfully deploying since October 2017 with the purchase of the
Madison Hotel and its other hotels. The four properties HHF purchased
and redeployed for homeless housing have nearly 600 rooms (583).

Snapshot of The Homeless Crisis: Los Angeles
2017-2019

  • The official 2019 homeless count in Los Angeles County—to be
    released TUESDAY (6/4) & is expected to rise.
  • The official 2018 homeless count in Los Angeles County was 53,195,
    a slight dip from 2017.
  • The 2017 homeless count in Los Angeles County was nearly 58,000
    (57,794), a 23% INCREASE from 2016.
  • That sharp rise, to nearly 58,000 in 2017, suggests that the pathway
    into homelessness continues to outpace intensifying efforts that —
    through rent subsidies, new construction, outreach and support
    services — got more than 14,000 people permanently off the streets
    last year. (Los
    Angeles Times
    , 5/31/17)

AHF Rolls Out New ‘Homelessness Kills’ and
‘Gentrification Sucks’ Billboard Campaign in L.A.
Last week,
AHF launched a new billboard advocacy campaign intended put the
spotlight on the burgeoning homeless and housing crisis in Los Angeles.
The campaign, appearing on over 30 billboards and 100 bus bench ads
throughout greater Los Angeles, includes two different messages: ‘Homelessness
Kills
‘ and the second, ‘Gentrification
Sucks
.’ The only additional text on the ‘Homeless’ billboards is the
web address for ‘LAScandal.org
where people can get information on the homeless crisis, learn about the
misguided response from government and elected officials and find links
to directly contact their L.A. City Council Member or L.A. County
Supervisor to urge them to act decisively and more quickly to address
the crisis.

1‘Three Ps: Protect Tenants’ – prevent
gentrification and homelessness by keeping rents under control and
discourage evictions, Preserve Communities’ support policies that
maintain neighborhoods and allow working- and middle-class families to
stay in their homes and apartments and ‘Produce Housing’ Produce
truly affordable housing through adaptive reuse and cost-effective new
construction.

Contacts

Ged Kenslea, Senior Director, Communications, AHF +1.323.791.5526
cell gedk@aidshealth.org
Ileana
Wachtel,
Communications Director, Coalition to Preserve LA
+1.310.702.4240 wachtelileana@gmail.com
Marin
Austin
, Communications Director, AHF +1323.333.7754 cell marin.austin@aidshealth.org