A PERSON-CENTERED APPROACH TO HOMELESSNESS
The CD4 Homelessness Team uses an engagement and services-led strategy, connecting unhoused Angelenos with case managers to access available resources to get folks off the street and into housing.
We do this by conducting daily surveying and outreach all over the district. We bring services to the unhoused by providing a wide variety of services available at our monthly Neighborhood Support Days. We engage in a community effort to address homelessness by providing volunteer opportunities for anyone looking to get involved.
By uniting communities to meet each individual or family's specific needs, we’ve been able to help hundreds of people in our district move into comfortable, high-quality shelter, health treatment, and permanent housing.
Beth’s story illustrates what a person-centered approach means in practice:
it means meeting individuals experiencing homelessness where they are.
INVESTMENT + PERSISTENCE = RESULTS
Since Councilmember Raman took office in December of 2020 we have:
- Brought over ⅓ of our unhoused residents indoors
- 250+ people moved into interim shelter
- 134 people moved into permanent housing
There is only one proven way to end homelessness - and that is through the effective provision of services and housing. But our system in Los Angeles does not do that. That's why we have invested in a team that ensures that the system works for our district. We have built the largest team in any Los Angeles City Council office to do this work.
The Homelessness Team conducts outreach, coordinates with city departments, and engages with unhoused and housed constituents on all issues related to homelessness. We strive to help every individual and family experiencing homelessness on our district’s streets get into housing and care. This approach ensures that City of Los Angeles resources go toward solutions that meaningfully address homelessness, while making neighborhoods in CD4 safer and healthier for all.
Our Homelessness Deputies are in-house staff dedicated full-time to addressing homelessness issues. These Deputies coordinate new shelter, housing, and services projects in the district, engage with constituents, and manage day-to-day outreach and sanitation operations.
Our LA Conservation Corps team is contracted to supplement LASAN services. They work to keep our district clean and sanitary by engaging in spot cleans of areas around encampments across the district.
Case Management Teams
Our office contracts with three different teams providing outreach, services, and client-focused case management in different parts of our district.
- NoHo Home Alliance - provides two case managers and a program manager for our Valley neighborhoods.
- Ascencia - provides three case managers serving Hollywood and Los Feliz.
- The People Concern - operates our Multi-Disciplinary Team, offering specialized case management, mental health, and substance use treatment services for Hollywood and Los Feliz.
In 2021, our office conducted outreach to hotels across the district and partnered in creating a temporary, non-congregate shelter facility with capacity for more than 100 people experiencing homelessness on their way into permanent housing.
Hollywood Encampment to Home
In cooperation with The People Concern, our office created a program to help 40 individuals from large encampments in Hollywood achieve case management, treatment, high-quality shelter, and finally permanent housing.
Fruitland Encampment to Home
After a large encampment on County land was forced to move across the street onto land recently redistricted into Council District 4, our office worked with LAHSA, LA Family Housing, and NoHo Home Alliance to help all remaining residents get indoors.
The River Project
Thanks to grant funding from Governor Gavin Newsom’s office, our team was awarded funds to design and implement a large-scale housing effort for 60+ individuals living in and around the LA River in Council District 4 – a traditionally underserved area and one of the most difficult for outreach workers to access.
Vehicular Outreach Program
We’re contracting with Saint Joseph’s Center for an RV outreach and housing pilot program that will focus case management and resources to RV corridors in CD4 with the goal of getting RVs and oversized vehicles off residential streets and bring people living in vehicles indoors.
Resources & More Information
Resources & How You Can Help
For any issues related to homelessness in Council District 4, contact:
Senior Homelessness Deputy Sarah Tanberg ([email protected])
Homelessness Deputy Josh Scarcella ([email protected])
LA-HOP: To request services for an individual experiencing homelessness, fill out an LA-HOP request form.
NoHo Home Alliance: NHHA serves unhoused East Valley residents with services with drop-in centers, outreach, peer support, and more. This website has more information on these services, and information how you can support and get involved as a volunteer.
SELAH Neighborhood Homelessness Coalition: Volunteer with weekly outreach, donation coordination and distribution, helping staff pop-up showers, and more.
Valley of Change: TVOC hosts monthly lunch assembly and distribution to neighbors in need. Receive or help with the distribution of these meals by visiting their website.
Home-y Made Meals: Help make or transport homemade sack lunches for distribution at outreach around the City.
Sign up for the Volunteer Corps newsletter for the latest volunteer opportunities in the district!
- Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority (LAHSA): LAHSA is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals in Los Angeles County.