This year, LAHSA is sponsoring AB 2275, authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian, which would further simplify the requirements around using state owned armories and make it easier for them to be used as emergency shelter. Los Angeles and other jurisdictions around the state need all the tools at their disposal to address unsheltered homelessness both during and after the COVID health crisis, and state-owned armories present a natural solution, as they are zoned for shelter, publicly owned, and often vacant or underutilized.
But multiple barriers make it harder to use them and slow down the process. For example, when the Board of Supervisors and City Council directed LAHSA to open as many shelter sites as possible over the rainy Thanksgiving holiday, LAHSA was unable to open state-owned armories due to limitations in the state code. AB 2275 would simplify the process and remove certain barriers.
We hope your organization will submit a letter of support. A sample letter of support can be found here and a fact sheet with more information can be found here. When sending the letter through upload your letter of support here:
The deadline to submit a letter of support is June 30, 2020.
For a copy of the word version of this letter, or for more information, please send an email to LAHSA's Legislative Affairs Manager, Alex Visotzky.