The City of West Hollywood is committed to providing comprehensive assistance to homeless people in the city. The city’s homeless initiative tackles homelessness with a collaborative, multidisciplinary, multi-agency response and works in close partnership with the city’s contracted and collaborative nonprofit social service providers, the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station and Los Angeles County agencies.
In December 2021, the West Hollywood City Council authorized city staff to apply for a Homekey Project grant from the California State Department of Housing and Community Development. Homekey is an innovative partnership between Los Angeles County and the State of California to purchase and rehabilitate hotels and motels for interim housing. The city’s Homekey app is considering purchasing the Holloway Motel, located at 8465 Santa Monica Boulevard, which will be updated, rehabilitated and operated as an interim housing site for homeless people to get off the streets with a case management and support services, with the goal of identifying and securing permanent housing.
Homekey’s funding, if approved, will provide a multi-million dollar investment to help bring this project to fruition. The West Hollywood City Council further approved an allocation of $2.8 million from the city’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to meet the city’s required matching for operations and services if a grant Homekey is granted. Interim housing would typically provide a stay of up to 90 days to stabilize community members and help them obtain the care and resources needed to find permanent housing. The plans for the project would require extensive physical improvements to the site, and operations would include appropriate security measures and 24/7 on-site personnel.
A survey of West Hollywood residents in November 2021 by FM3 Research found that 90% of respondents ranked homelessness as a very or somewhat serious problem (72% “very serious” and 18% “fairly serious”), making it one of the most serious problems. important issues of concern to the community. The survey also revealed strong support among residents for interventions to address homelessness. Of those surveyed, 79% of respondents favored increasing the priority given to “supportive housing, including homeless services, within the city limits” (52% “much more priority” and 27% “a little more of a priority”). 76% of respondents supported increasing the priority given to “city-funded temporary shelter beds and homeless services provided within the city limits” (50% “much more of a priority” and 26% “a bit more of a priority”).
The work of the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative is established in part in the 2018 “Five-Year Plan to Address Homelessness in Our Community.” In partnership with the community and with financial support from LA County Measure H, the plan identifies seven specific goals – and key actions to achieve those goals – based on feedback from the West Hollywood community and stakeholders:
Goal #1: Provide support and resources to City staff and contractors to respond appropriately, safely and effectively to homeless people in West Hollywood.
Goal #2: Help businesses and residents respond appropriately, safely, and effectively to homeless people in West Hollywood.
Goal #3: Establish transitional housing and drop-in centers in West Hollywood to serve homeless people in the city.
Goal #4: Continue city support for the Rapid Re-Housing program to prevent homelessness among West Hollywood residents.
Goal #5: Increase the supply of supportive housing, accessible housing, and other permanent housing options in West Hollywood for people who have experienced or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Goal #6: Strengthen partnerships with other cities and with non-profit organizations to support regional and individualized solutions to homelessness.
Goal #7: Prevent homelessness among West Hollywood residents, especially the elderly, people with disabilities and vulnerable families.
Making progress toward West Hollywood’s five-year plan goals remains critically important in guiding the local response to homelessness and a successful Homekey grant from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development to adapt the Holloway Motel into an interim housing site would be a milestone.
Over the next several weeks, City staff are planning an update regarding the status of the Homekey application, as well as the progress of the City’s efforts to acquire the site. If successful in both areas, the City will initiate a community engagement process to gather feedback and feedback from residents and businesses regarding the project.
The West Hollywood Homeless Initiative seeks to effectively address homelessness. If you are concerned about a community member who is homeless, call the West Hollywood Homeless Initiative Concern Line at (323) 848-6590. If your problem requires urgent assistance overnight or on the weekend, please call the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station at (310) 855-8850.
For more information about the Homelessness Initiative, please contact Corri Planck, Strategic Initiatives Manager for the City of West Hollywood, at (323) 848-6430 or [email protected] For more information, visit www.weho.org/homeless. For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.