This interactive session will examine the current crisis of homelessness throughout Los Angeles, with a keen emphasis on highlighting recent findings about homelessness and intersectionality and the requirements of servant leadership in addressing housing affordability and the unhoused population itself. This includes the relationship of homelessness and gender, mental health and substance abuse issues as well as income inequality. The session will also present a new homelessness outreach strategy and a facilitated panel discussion with key experts who supported the development of the strategy. This interactive session promises to be quite exciting as it will survey and explore the current crisis in a unique manner.
First elected to public office in 1991 and previously served on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly a dozen years representing the Eighth District, departing as Council President pro Tempore. He later served two terms in the California State Assembly, followed by service to the 26th District in the California State Senate, and three terms as LA County Supervisor for the Second Supervisorial District.
Notably, MRT has been a tireless advocate in the effort to end homelessness – “the moral crisis of our times” — leading the fight to pass Measure H, the ballot initiative approved by voters in March 2017 that will raise $3.5 billion for homeless services over a 10 year period (2017-2027).
He is widely acknowledged as a longstanding advocate of neighborhood participation in government decision-making by founding the Empowerment Congress, the region’s most successful initiative in neighborhood-based civic engagement and forerunner of the City of Los Angeles’ neighborhood council system.