Our Solution: Build Shelter Now

California is home to one-quarter of the nation’s homeless population. Roughly 40,000 homeless live in the City of Los Angeles alone. Projections indicate that the number of homeless is expected to skyrocket by 86% in the next four years. Worse still, homelessness is a crisis and getting worse in spite of the fact that the City of Los Angeles has spent more than $1 billion to fix the problem.
Build Shelter Now is a broad-based group of voters, residents, homeowners and businesses who support a humane and compassionate shelter and clean-up policy in the City of Los Angeles.

While we don’t have official members, our coalition grows every day to include residents from all 15 City Council Districts, small business owners, civic and neighborhood organizations and business groups throughout the City of Los Angeles. We have begun to communicate our stories and frustrations to the City Council. Our goal is to press for the passage and funding of the anti-camping ordinance.

Immediate Priority:
Demonstrate to the City Council that residents and business owners are concerned about the health and safety of our communities and for the safety of those individuals living on the street, in our parks or other public places.

We demand action. We can’t wait decades for our elected officials to find a “perfect” solution at a cost of hundreds of billions of dollars to identify permanent housing solutions.

Build Shelter Now’s supporters demand urgency from our elected city leaders solve the homelessness problem now. We will keep these individuals and groups engaged through 2022 and after to ensure that the City’s current and future elected leadership follow through on this important priority.

By the Numbers...

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40,000 Homeless in Los Angeles
California is home to one-quarter of the nation’s homeless population. Roughly 40,000 homeless live in the City of Los Angeles alone.

(LA Homeless Services Authority Annual Survey, 6/12/2020)

Will Increase 86% in Next Four Years
Projections indicate that the number of homeless is expected to skyrocket by 86% in the next four years.

(Locked Out, Report by the Economic Roundtable, 1/12/21)

LA has $300 Million for 30,000 Beds
The City has roughly $300 million of Prop HHH funds that would be enough to fund about 30,000 shelter beds NOW.

(LA Alliance for Human Rights Plaintiff's Response to the Court, 3/4/21)

Nearly 9 of 10 Voters Agree
84.1% voters surveyed say it is the Mayor and the City Council’s responsibility to fix homelessness.

(Build Shelter Now survey of LA City voters, 3/1/21)