LOS ANGELES – Mayor Karen Bass announced a new Inside Safe operation in South Los Angeles that took place last week. Inside Safe is a citywide, voluntary, proactive housing-led strategy to bring people inside from tents and encampments, and to prevent encampments from returning. It is one feature in a comprehensive strategy to confront the homelessness crisis.
“We are not letting up on our commitment to urgently confront the homelessness crisis and bring people inside from tents and encampments in South Los Angeles,” said Mayor Karen Bass. “We continue to see that people want to move into housing and receive supportive services to start a new chapter of their lives, and I thank the City, the County and our service providers for helping us continue to provide life-saving housing to Angelenos.”
This is the 23rd Inside Safe encampment operation throughout Los Angeles. The initiative is responsible for bringing more than 1,400 Angelenos inside. Mayor Bass is moving Los Angeles forward with an urgent and strategic approach to confronting the homelessness crisis, which includes declaring a state of emergency, taking action to dramatically accelerate and lower the cost of building affordable and temporary housing, and moving to maximize the use of City-owned property for temporary and permanent housing.
Inside Safe supports the following five goals:
Reduce the loss of life on our streets
Increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment for those living in encampments
Eliminate street encampments
Promote long-term housing stability for people experiencing homelessness
Enhance the safety and hygiene of neighborhoods for all residents, businesses, and neighbors
Read the Inside Safe Executive Directive here.