Housing First Los Angeles planHousing First Los Angeles (HFLA)
One of the cornerstones of the Giaba campaign lies within our solution to the issue of homelessness in and around Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti has called for $100 million in further spending to house homeless veterans – not the homeless at-large – to be paid for in “anticipated excess tax revenues”. That’s “anticipated” excess revenues, meaning the city does not in fact have said revenues, nor can they actually guarantee that they ever will. Nevertheless, Mayor Garcetti will find himself in a tough spot if these excess revenues do not find their way into the city coffers. Stranger things have happened in Los Angeles, to say the least.
Not unlike many of our initiatives, we have scoured the nation for ideas which would work for Los Angeles in addressing perhaps the biggest single issue facing the city.
One common-thread among municipalities offering solutions other than Housing First, is a high degree of spending and public debt used on the administration of services to the homeless in their vicinage.
Common themes found within cities which have enacted Housing First programs are much different. The cost is about half of what it takes to administer services to the homeless in places like L.A. And these are large metro areas, such as Toronto and the State of Utah and its capital of Salt Lake City. The other common theme in these places is the rate of homelessness – it nearly ceases to exist. Utah, for instance, has dropped once-chronic homelessness rates by 91%. The same is true of virtually every other city with Housing First in place for a decade or more, buying us both credibility and the time needed for it to work.
Part of this equation, and an added aspect of your campaign to end this scourge is the addition of partnerships with non-profits already doing this great work. On this issue, the government has gotten it wrong and it is time they take their lead from those who do it best, and we have identified these groups.
In addition to this, you will be setting the groundwork for a new alignment in the influence-pecking order. It’s never a bad thing when government takes its cues from the people, and it’s always a good day when you’re cited as the one who ended the days of government picking winners and losers, which always fails.
In picking these partners, we have insulated ourselves from any line of attack from Garcetti or charity watchdogs, who are often funded by other charities to kill of competitors. I took a deep look into their publicly-available financials. We make sure that Program Services are responsible for 70% or more of their spending, like those of the Weingart Center, a key ally I’ve already aligned with us.
Making sure these partners are far more efficient than government is a built-in advantage to us in defending HFLA, which is already un-indictable, and a service to the people of Los Angeles. Partners must remain above this threshold in order to receive HFLA funding, which then creates competition in an area which previously hadn’t benefited from such forces, but will going forward, thanks to… You.
Overall, this fosters the roots of capitalism in a place which has become more and more devoid of it, gently predisposing Angelenos to the ideas which made this nation so prosperous, and increasing the palatability of future laws predicated on pro-growth, supply-side economic theory.
More importantly, the liberal-progressive agenda will finally be exposed for what it is, and the template for doing so will be artfully demonstrated. Republicans have always sought to merely compare ideology and point out the flaws in that of the Left, but this in-practice comparison is completely undeniable, and from which any reform that comes to Los Angeles in the near future – on poverty and homelessness especially – will flow.