LOS ANGELES (KNX) - Karen Bass has been LA's mayor for 96 days. This week she held her first in-depth press conference on her initiative to house 17,000 homeless people during her first year in office.
Bass says Inside Safe has conducted 13 separate operations at Los Angeles encampments and she's claiming credit for housing 516 people. The announcement was followed by another ambitious promise. Mayor Bass says she expects to reach the 1,000 mark by March 21, her 100th day in office.
"A whole lot more coming online because of the Grand Hotel," Bass said. Many of the hotel's rooms have been under lease to pandemic-related housing. The property will transition to housing for that will be paid with funds from Inside Safe.
Los Angeles council members funded the mayor's ambitious housing effort with $50 million in initial pilot phase money. Bass says $4.4 million has already been spent and that an additional $27 million is obligated for upcoming spending. "That means we have 19 million left from the $50 million," Bass said.
Bass says she remains confident she'll fulfill her campaign pledge to house 17,000 people during her first year in office. She's equally confident about her latest projection of 1,000 people housed by this Tuesday.
"We'll update you if we don't reach a thousand," Bass said, during a city hall press conference. "Or, if we can't get to 17,000, we're not trying to sugarcoat anything."
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