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> Homeless Issues Subcommittee

Co-Chair: Robert Watkins IV, M.D.

Co-Chair: Renee A. Sabshin M.D.

Mission Statement: The Homeless Issues Sub-Committee mission is to promote stakeholder input concerning homeless issues in our community.  The Committee encourages involvement, provides relevant information and resources, acts as advocate and liaison, and supports viable and equitable solutions.  Our goal is to decrease the number of homeless people on the streets of Mar Vista by 20% every year over the next five years. 

The Committee meets monthly on the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, we currently meet on ZOOM.  

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A Statement from the Co-Chairs:  We reject “us versus them,” “good versus bad,” “NIMBY versus YIMBY” rhetoric. We respect differences of opinion and recognize our housed and unhoused neighbors have valid concerns.  We foster informed discussion of issues and potential solutions to further our common goal of improving quality of life for all of Mar Vista.

Below we provide information pertaining to homelessness. 

Please go to the "How Can I Help? pdf at the bottom of this page for a more expansive list.

*LAHSA Townhall "The State of Homelessness" Thursday March 18, 2021 6:00pm  Register here:

Homeless Mortality Trends Los Angeles 2020  People experiencing homelessness are 36 times more likely to die of drug overdose.   


UCLA Luskin Center: The Making of a Crisis January 2021

LA County Homeless Initiatives Four Year Performance Evaluation February 22, 2021

Request (  Welcome to LA-HOP (

MyLA311 | City of Los Angeles (


City of Los Angeles Resident Rent Relief:

Outside City of Los Angeles Resident Rent Relief:

National Alliance on Mental Illness COVID Resource Guide


Winter Shelter Hotline (800) 548-6047 or call 211 for bed availability and transport. 


A new Winter Shelter opened at Oakwood Recreation Center on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.  Oakwood Shelter Hotline (323) 909-5778.


Hygiene Program Continues through 2021 across LA County YMCAs - Monday-Friday 9am-2pm

Closest to Mar Vista: Collins & Katz Family YMCA 1466 S Westgate Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025


2/12/21 Designboom "lehrer architects converts empty lot into tiny prefab village for the homeless in los angeles"

2/2/21 Los Feliz Ledger  "Federal Judge Says City’s Homelessness “A Significant Natural Disaster,” Calls for Urgent Meeting"

1/26/21 Venice Current  "Living Next to the 405 Underpass"

1/27/21 NYU Langone Health  "Schizophrenia Second Only to Age as Greatest Risk Factor for COVID-19 Death"

1/7/21 LA County DPH Press Release "Deaths Increase Among People Experiencing Homelessness, Drug Overdose is Leading Cause with Greatest Increase County Homeless Mortality Prevention Initiative Places Renewed Emphasis on Drug-Related Deaths"

12/18/20  "Op-Ed: Our Mental Health Laws are Failing"


Meetings (Agendas, Minutes, Documents)

Meeting: > Homeless Issues Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting: > Homeless Issues Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting: > Homeless Issues Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting: > Homeless Issues Subcommittee Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Mar 16, 2021
Meeting Agenda
Feb 16, 2021
Meeting Minutes
Feb 16, 2021
Meeting Agenda
Jan 19, 2021
Meeting Minutes
Jan 19, 2021
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