Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass and Councilwoman Katy Yaroslavksy have launched an Inside Safe operation on San Vicente Boulevard in the Beverly Grove area to address a homeless encampment that had stirred concerns among residents.
The Inside Safe program aims to bring people inside from tents and encampments with the intention of preventing encampments from returning. The mayor says that within 100 days, more than 1,000 Angelenos have been brought inside through the program.
The operation on San Vicente Boulevard is the product of months of coordination and focus to provide shelter to the homeless individuals. The homeless encampment on San Vicente Boulevard between Wilshire and La Cienega boulevards had garnered the attention of the mayor about a month after FOX 11 spoke with frustrated business owners and residents.
The mayor introduced Inside Safe as a citywide strategy to address the homelessness crisis in LA. The program aims to reduce the loss of life on the city’s streets, increase access to mental health and substance abuse treatment for unhoused individuals, eliminate street encampments, promote long-term housing for unhoused individuals, and enhance the safety and hygiene of neighborhoods.
In addition, the mayor’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2024-25 includes $250 million to scale Inside Safe citywide. As part of Bass’ strategy to address the homelessness crisis, she has called a state of emergency, worked to accelerate development and lower the cost of affordable and temporary housing, and to maximize the use of city-owned property for temporary and permanent housing.