LOS ANGELES, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina announced major progress on a countywide effort to connect homeless individuals living along the “Emerald Necklace”—a 18-mile loop of parks, trails, and greenways along the San Gabriel River and Rio Hondo—with an array of social services, including transitional housing, veterans benefits, medical care and mental health care, among others.
“Today’s endeavor is just the latest step in a multi-agency county effort to connect homeless individuals and families with vital social services,” Molina said. “For months, my office has collaborated with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the county’s Department of Mental Health, the Department of Public Health, Volunteers of America, and 10 affected cities on this effort, including their local police forces. To date, we have identified over 150 people in need of services. Though some are resistant to them, many welcome our help. And as we connect them with services, we simultaneously keep our public rivers and parkland free for public use.”
Starting in July, the county’s Emerald Necklace Safety Team – which Molina established — conducted daily outreach and engagement with homeless individuals living along the Emerald Necklace, connecting them with an array of social services depending on each client. Today’s intensive outreach effort – which focused primarily on eradicating known “drug dens” and crime hot spots near the Thienes Avenue Trailhead Park previously identified by the Emerald Necklace Safety Team – included 45 Sheriff’s Deputies as well as HAZMAT staff from the county’s Department of Public Works.
Temporary beds for homeless individuals were provided by the Salvation Army. Any pets in need of temporary housing were transported to the Baldwin Park Animal Shelter.
“With the increased usage of bike trails, horse trails, and walking paths around the Emerald Necklace corridors, safety is a priority,” said Claire Robinson of Amigos de los Rios.
Today’s effort follows other similar initiatives by Supervisor Molina to connect the homeless to social services in the First Supervisorial District. These endeavors have been concentrated at La Placita Church on Olvera Street and in downtown Los Angeles via the Skid Row Pilot Project – where over 700 adults and 300 children have found housing and supportive services.