Neighborhood Council Alliance Backs Parker Center for Homeless Housing

In News by Ileana Wachtel

Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Coalition (LANCC) praised the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the Coalition for the ballot initiative to save Parker Center from demolition and convert it to housing for the homeless. In 2015, LANCC had recommended to the Mayor and LA City Council to use Parker Center to”stem the flow of homelessness.”  This fell on deaf ears.

Since 2015, the homeless count in the City of Los Angeles has risen from 15,000 to over 31,000 today. City leaders have refused to look at innovative solutions to get people off the streets. If turned into housing Parker Center would provide 732 units for the homeless. Instead, the City Council and the Mayor have opted to build a $490 million luxury office skyscraper for city employees, an unnecessary out-of-step plan approved by the L.A. City Council.

Under the initiative the buidling would be stripped of its name honoring the divisive 1950s-60s era LAPD Chief William Parker and renamed after L.A.’s legendary and unifying Mayor Tom Bradley.

The LANNC statement reads:

“We would like to thank the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Coalition to Preserve LA, and Healthy Housing Foundation for their efforts to organize a ballot initiative to convert Parker Center into a shelter for 700 homeless residents of Los Angeles. LANCC had made the original recommendation to the Mayor and City Council on January 3, 2015 as part of our three point plan to stem the flow of homelessness when it was 15,000 people on the streets of Los Angeles which has now ballooned to 55,188 according to a LA Times article from February, 2018.”

Join LANCC on Saturday, June 2 at 10:00am for their monthly meeting.

Location: LADWP Headquarters, 111 N. Hope St. Los Angeles, CA 90021