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Aug102017

L.A. CITY HALL: Venice, proposed storage facility for homeless' belongings, community opposition, litigation: "Homeless Storage Still in Neutral" .... 

***Venice, proposed storage facility, homeless' belongings, community opposition, litigation....

* The Argonaut:  "Homeless Storage Still in Neutral" - "Plans for Former Westminster Senior Center Pencil Out, But Venice Neighbors Are Suing to Stop It" - From The Argonaut:

Nearly a year after city officials greenlighted plans to convert the former Westminster Senior Citizen Center into a facility where homeless people can store their belongings, the public building adjacent to Venice’s dog park remains vacant and the target of a lawsuit.

L.A. City Councilman Mike Bonin proposed the storage concept in early 2016 as a way to reduce the prevalence of homeless encampments in Venice by encouraging more homeless people to utilize overnight shelters, which many currently avoid because shelters do not allow the homeless to secure more than a few possessions.

The former senior center on Pacific Avenue would hold 124 plastic 60-gallon storage containers and be supervised by three employees of the Santa Monica social services nonprofit Chrysalis Inc., according to an analysis by Interim City Administrative Officer Richard Llewellyn. “The primary purpose is to provide the homeless population with a secure place to store their belongings, allowing them greater freedom and mobility to access services and housing,” states the report, filed in May.

Llewellyn’s analysis estimates the price tag for rehabilitating the structure at $750,000, with an additional $58,000 to start up the program and an annual operating cost of $392,000 after that.

Workers already spent months repairing the once-dilapidated building’s exterior and interior after the L.A. Board of Recreation and Park Commissioners approved the storage plan on Aug. 16 of last year. Meanwhile, the storage plan did not receive the support of the Venice Neighborhood Council and remains under the shadow of a lawsuit by nearby residents Heidi Roberts and Katrina Glusac, who sued under the umbrella of a nonprofit they formed called Venice Kids Count.

Venice Kids Count seek an injunction to halt the storage plan ..................