By: Emilie St. John
INGLEWOOD, Calif. – The city of Inglewood will accept grant funds to pay for homeless coordinator services during the Feb. 7 regular city council meeting.
The City was awarded $125,000 from the South Bay Cities Council of Governments from Measure H funds that voters approved in Nov. 2017. Measure H expires in 2026.
Measure H was part of the County’s Homeless Initiative that is expected to rake in $3.5 billion over 10 years, $355 million annually, to address homelessness. The South Bay COG was awarded $1.9 million to split amongst the County and its 16 member cities.
The funds under Measure H are to implement the action plan.
Correction: @CHPsouthern @CaltransDist7 & @ChrysalisSoCal are on scene doing a homeless sweep in #Inglewood this morning. https://t.co/ddEO6pj3EY pic.twitter.com/WscuNQBh52— 2UrbanGirls (@2UrbanGirls) January 10, 2023
“Homelessness in Inglewood has increased over the past seven years…and rose 43% from the last homeless count in 2020…while the 2022 homeless count has been publicly criticized for being inaccurate the SBCCOG and Inglewood are moving forward with its plan to address homelessness.”
During fiscal year 2020-2021 the City applied for grant funds from SBCCOG to fund a dedicated homeless coordinator to work solely with the homeless and service providers throughout the County.
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The funds will be used to form an agreement with Catholic Charities of Los Angeles which operates St. Margaret’s in Lennox, to fund the position who will work alongside the nonprofit and the Inglewood police department homeless liaison Cinder Eller-Kimbell who was slammed by a member of the Los Angeles Times Editorial Board for not allowing them to ask people if they were homeless during last month’s homeless count.
Since 2017?! And they are barely allotting those funds to be used now?? But they been collecting taxes for that homeless initiative since 2017 so what have they been doing with all the money since then? Goes to show how the government will always use “to help the homeless” and “to help schools” as a selling point for a tax. 🙄 And if this mayor never declared a homeless state of emergency I bet those funds would have went straight into their political pockets
THANK YOU for picking up on that!