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PACIFIC PALISADES TASK FORCE ON HOMELESSNESS

Monthly Newsletter - September 2016


THEATRE PALISADES PRESENTS PPTFH WITH A DONATION
 
The theater production of The Liar's Punishment in May was a big hit and a wonderful chance for us to show with the power of performance, the real trials and tribulations of homelessness - from every angle. 

The one Act play, written by Leda Siskind and Produced by Palisadian, Nina Kidd, brought a full house audience together for two nights in a row to we as a community have evolved from the basic conversations around homelessness and safety, to a more mature conversation focused on solutions and underlying causes. The play was a fundraiser, as well as an expression of realism through art, and it was a great success.

Last week, at our September community meeting, PPTFH was presented with a check from Theatre Palisades for $5346.24. We thank Nina, Leda, the performers and the Pierson Playhouse for their great efforts to make this event as successful as it was, and for their generous contribution to our work.
 

ENFORCEMENT UPDATE
 
To better address the enforcement strategy, Sharon Kilbride and the PPTFH enforcement team have divided the Palisades into 5 areas and assigned a specific person (or persons) to each survey regularly. In all 5 areas there are approximately 125 encampments, loitering and panhandling areas that the enforcement team monitors. These sites are all marked on Google maps. This enforcement information is then provided to OPCC and LAPD to assist with service provision and/or enforcement. Encampments in high risk areas are removed. Now that school is back in session, more attention is begin devoted to the Palisades Village area.Critical to the enforcement effort is the LAPD Beach Patrol. The beach patrol has been instrumental in getting people to move out of places they shouldn’t be. 

Officer Redican remains impressed and encouraged by the cohesion of all parties working on this challenge in the Palisades. No one group (e.g., services, law enforcement) is going to be able to address this issue; it is going to have be a collaborative effort involving services, enforcement and housing. The information being produced by Sharon, Patrick and Nancy is very valuable in helping the LAPD beach patrol be effective in “real time” and can respond quickly to needs. In dealing with homeless individuals, Officer Redican is very direct. He asks them whether or not they want to get off the streets.  If they do, he directs them to OPCC.  His position on law enforcement is equally direct.  If there is criminal behavior there is no question; he will enforce the law.. Beaches and Harbors are doing a great job in assisting LAPD with any clean up that needs to be done.
Click here to go to our website, PPTFH.org, and for donation information

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE RESULTS FOR AUGUST
 
During the month of August, OPCC’s Pacific Palisades Outreach Team made contact with 40 homeless individuals on the streets of the Palisades. Of these 40 people, 25 were repeat contacts, and 15 were new. This brings the total number of homeless individual’s contacted to 207.

This month the team focused on getting high profile individuals who are being seen on a regular basis to come into shelter. These efforts paid off with seven individuals agreeing to enter shelter. Three of these seven had been sheltered previously and decided to return. Although finding affordable housing units in the current housing market continues to be a challenge four apartments have been located for the five voucher holders and three are pending move-in inspections from the Housing Authority.

Our Outreach Team assisted seven additional person transition off of the streets, with a total of 24 individuals now in interim or permanent housing. The 17 individuals currently in interim housing continue to receive a full range of services and the two that signed leases and are now in permanent housing will continue to receive ongoing services in their new homes (one was linked to Rapid-Re-Housing (RRH) funds and will receive ongoing case management for six months from St. Joseph Center). One individual has entered a substance abuse treatment center and will be discharged to OPCC Interim-Housing when he completes the program. Of the 207 individuals contacted so far, 81 have had regular contact with the Outreach Team and are considered “engaged level 1”. 
Click here to see updates from our OPCC team as well as meeting notes and video
INFO CARD

Our information cards continue to be passed out by community members. We appreciate the enthusiasm and support of the community for our work. 

These cards are now available at the Palisades fire stations, the Palisades library and the Palisades post office. If you know anyone who needs this information, please had them a card and encourage the to contact us. 
 

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President: Doug McCormick; Vice-President: Sharon Browning; Treasurer/Secretary: David Morena

Our mailing address is:
pacpalihtf@gmail.com
To reach the Outreach Team of Glanda & Maureen email:
palisadesoutreach@opcc.net

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