RAMPART VILLAGE -- More than 100 volunteers and social service case workers combed the neighborhoods around Virgil Ave and Beverly Blvd, clearing litter and conducting much needed outreach to our homeless population.
The HOPE Project -- or Homeless Outreach Partnership Endeavor -- is a collaboration between the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) Olympic Division, homeless service providers, and volunteers. The project serves to conduct outreach to our homeless individuals and distribute personal hygiene kits. Close to two dozen homeless who live on the streets in the area were connected with service providers who started the process of housing them.
“The coordinated efforts by the case workers and volunteers was the best I have ever seen,” said O’Farrell. “I was so impressed with the turnout and the young Angelenos who volunteered their time. Most importantly, we made significant progress in lifting up our homeless community and connecting them with the supportive services they need for a better life.”
LAPD coordinated the event along with the City Attorney’s office, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) along with People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, and the Sunburst Youth Academy, who brought inner-city teen volunteers to clear the streets of trash and litter.
“We want to keep our communities safe and clean, as well as show compassion for those living on the streets,” said Deputy Chief Beatrice Girmala. “The HOPE Project addresses quality of life issues, and provides access to food, shelter, short term housing, medical services and mental health resources. This event was a real win for the neighborhood.”
The group distributed hygiene kits complete with toothbrushes, deodorant, band aids, sanitation wipes, and socks. The homeless services case workers also offered services to shower and start documentation that will assist with finding housing.
“PATH is extremely excited to be working with the 13th District and Councilman Mitch O’Farrell,” said Jeremy Sidell of PATH. “As a state-wide agency that has housed more than 4,800 people in the past two years, we take great pride in helping our homeless neighbors in our own backyard.”
Both social service agencies assisted 23 homeless individuals with supportive services, and started the application process for housing, a $10 gift card to the 99 Cent Store, and Metro bus tokens. In addition to the 20 individuals, the case workers also met with four veterans to identify more resources available to them.
Due to recent court cases, the City of Los Angeles must adhere to strict guidelines for addressing abandoned property and encampments. A list of frequently asked questions regarding how the City must handle these cases can be found here.