LA’s Skid Row Clean Team could go citywide – Daily News

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles City Council took a primary step Tuesday towards increasing citywide the Skid Row Clean Team, which works to stop trash and particles buildup within the space.

The group — which consists of individuals locally who’re homeless or have been previously homeless — is managed by the homeless outreach group Urban Alchemy and operates on an annual foundation. The present contract runs by the following year, with two one-year extension choices.

The movement — which was launched by Councilmen Kevin de Leon and Mitch O’Farrell — requested a report from the Board of Public Works on the effectiveness this system has achieved lowering litter and ponderous gadgets and on the feasibility of increasing it citywide.

“Urban Alchemy has been delivering quality service to the Skid Row community,” mentioned De Leon, whose district contains Skid Row.

“They serve as a model not only for the great work they provide but also for the respect and compassion they offer to members of the unhoused community. I look forward to seeing how their efforts might be expanded to improve more neighborhoods where these services are needed.”

The movement additionally requested a report from town administrative officer and chief legislative analyst on potential funding for increasing this system.

“The city’s No. 1 priority in addressing the homelessness crisis is successfully connecting unhoused individuals to housing and services, but we must also be cognizant about safety, health and cleanliness along our shared public rights-of-way,” O’Farrell mentioned. “This program has been effective at remediating trash and debris while positively engaging with people experiencing homelessness. It is also a source of jobs for those who need it. It is a no-brainer that we would explore expanding this model across the city.”

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