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Mayor Bass Addresses Vermont Vista Encampment in South Los Angeles, Brings More Than 40 Angelenos Inside with Supportive Services

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LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass announced an Inside Safe operation at the Vermont Vista encampment in South Los Angeles. More than 40 people experiencing homelessness were brought inside and several recreational vehicles (RVs) were addressed. This encampment has been in existence for four years at the median strip on South Vermont Avenue between West 92nd Street and West Colden Avenue. Please see photos of the operation here

The unhoused Angelenos that were brought inside today were provided supportive services by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA), County of Los Angeles Department of Mental Health (DMH), MLK Community Healthcare Street Medicine, HOPICS, St. Joseph Center and First To Serve.

“Today’s Inside Safe operation at the Vermont Vista encampment in South Los Angeles is what is possible when City and County leaders and partners work collectively to address the homelessness crisis in LA,” said Mayor Karen Bass. “This crisis affects us all, and all of us must be a part of the solution, in every neighborhood and across every level of government. I look forward to continuing to lock arms with Councilmember Harris-Dawson to save the lives of the unhoused and make a difference in LA neighborhoods.”

Council President Pro Tempore Marqueece Harris-Dawson expressed his dedication to the Inside Safe Initiative, “We are seeing our unhoused neighbors, veterans, have access to housing, and services. The leadership and partnerships developed by our Mayor have disrupted the status quo and will continue to do so with compassion."

Earlier this week, Mayor Bass delivered the 2024 State of the City address at Los Angeles City Hall in the Council Chamber. During her address, Mayor Bass discussed how her new approach has impacted how the city addresses homelessness, highlighting thousands more unhoused Angelenos came inside in 2023 compared to 2022.

In 2023, tent encampments came down in every council district and thousands more Angelenos came inside than in 2022 thanks to action locking arms with the City Council, County and LAHSA. The Mayor has worked to improve services provided for unhoused Angelenos coming inside and has also been vocal about the need to make homelessness programs more cost effective as this urgent work continues.