Mayor Garcetti

Quick facts about Los Angeles' HOPE program

“Los Angeles is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to solving our homelessness crisis. The HOPE initiative is an innovative and powerful example of how we are serving residents by working collaboratively with City and County departments,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our first responders — whether they are police officers or outreach workers — interact directly with L.A.’s homeless population on a daily basis. HOPE serves as a homelessness ‘super team.' Our teams are sharing data to better target their outreach to homeless Angelenos — and coordinated community cleanups — to ensure the health and safety of our neighborhoods, while getting our most vulnerable the help they need.”  

“Los Angeles is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to solving our homelessness crisis. The HOPE initiative is an innovative and powerful example of how we are serving residents by working collaboratively with City and County departments,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Our first responders — whether they are police officers or outreach workers — interact directly with L.A.’s homeless population on a daily basis. HOPE serves as a homelessness ‘super team.' Our teams are sharing data to better target their outreach to homeless Angelenos — and coordinated community cleanups — to ensure the health and safety of our neighborhoods, while getting our most vulnerable the help they need.”  

  • In May, Mayor Garcetti signed his 16th Executive Directive, establishing a permanent Mayor’s Homelessness Cabinet and directing City departments to train and empower all staff to become first responders in the fight against homelessness.
  • The Directive implements a “No Wrong Door” strategy, which asks City employees to actively help connect homeless Angelenos with housing and supportive services.
  • The partnership includes the Office of Mayor Garcetti, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority and the Office of the City Attorney. 
  • Launched as a pilot in the San Fernando Valley this past May, L.A.’s HOPE teams have already responded to more than 1,300 homeless encampment service requests — an average of more than 400 per month. 
  • As a result of their efforts, more than 500 tons of trash, 20,000 pounds of hazardous materials, and 1,500 sharp objects and needles have been taken off the streets.
  • There are currently three HOPE teams operating in LAPD's Valley, Central, and West bureaus. The program will be rolled out citywide next month, when the fourth and final team launches in LAPD's South Bureau.

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Check out this profile of the Clean Streets Challenge from the Beverly Press News

Ideas Wanted: New Grant Challenge Seeks Creative Strategies for Keeping L.A. Streets Clean

Mayor Garcetti and Board of Public Works roll out Clean Streets L.A. Challenge to reward innovation by everyday Angelenos, neighborhood councils, and local organizations.

LOS ANGELES—Great ideas for taking care of L.A.’s streets can be born in conversations between neighbors, and City Hall wants in on the discussion.

Mayor Eric Garcetti and the Board of Public Works today announced the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge, which will reward neighborhood councils and other community groups for innovative strategies for keeping our streets clean and clear.

The competition is an extension of Mayor Garcetti's Clean Streets Initiative. It will award a total of $25,000 in grants for proposals that show creativity and efficiency in their plans to prevent illegal dumping and keep neighborhoods clean.

“Angelenos know their neighborhoods best, and they take pride in where they live,” said Mayor Garcetti. “The Challenge will tap into their knowledge and that passion, and bring new energy to the work of keeping L.A.’s streets clean for our families and neighbors.”

The grant challenge is open to Neighborhood Councils, community based organizations and nonprofit groups. Applicants will be required to form a partnership across three organizations, at least one of which must be a neighborhood council. The Bureau of Sanitation will hold workshops this summer on how to form partnerships and conduct safe cleanups, with applications due in late August.

Successful applicants will then start a pilot program, with results due in November and winners announced at the end of the year. Groups will be evaluated on their strategies for recruiting volunteers, hosting clean-ups, reporting dumped items, and raising awareness on social media.

“We are so inspired by all the supporters of the Clean Streets L.A. Initiative who have rallied to initiate, create, and commit to local neighborhood and business corridor improvement efforts,” said Enrique Zaldivar, General Manager of L.A. Sanitation. “This contest aligns with our collective pursuit for a better quality of life, economic prosperity, and public health for all Angelenos.”

“Neighborhood Councils are doing amazing projects citywide to keep their communities clean,” said Grayce Liu, General Manager of the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment. “We’re happy that the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge builds upon their great work and provides opportunities for exciting collaborations.”

The Clean Streets Initiative is a coordinated effort to eliminate trash and illegal dumping from L.A. streets. A key element of the initiative is CleanStat, which regularly surveys and grades all city streets for cleanliness. The results of the CleanStat assessment can be viewed at http://www.cleanstreetsla.org/cleanstat/  

For more information on the Clean Streets L.A. Challenge, visit lamayor.org/join-clean-streets-la-challenge.

Come help Beautify Western Ave on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Join Mayor Eric Garcetti, Councilmember David Ryu, and arts nonprofit Beautify Earth to Beautify Western Ave, one of LA's Great Streets. They need help to paint murals, pick up litter and prune street landscaping. 

Meet Saturday, June 11, 2016, 8:30 am, at the intersection of Melrose and Western Ave.

RSVP at greatstreets@lacity.org, 213-922-9766 or visit lamayor.org/greatstreets