West Valley residents urge LAUSD to steer clear of converting sites into shelters for homeless youth

A plan to house homeless youth at LA public schools has drawn the ire of West San Fernando Valley residents.

In November, the Los Angeles Unified School District board passed a resolution, authored by board member Kelly Gonez, asking LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner’s office to study the possibility of new shelters and possibly converting some existing district properties into homes for homeless students. The effort would be a collaboration of city and county agencies, private companies and nonprofit organizations.

The resolution, designed to deal with the district’s growing population of an estimated 16,000 homeless students, called for overnight “shelter, meals and wraparound supports for homeless families throughout the year.”

But the resolution did not sit well with some West Valley residents who say it would take away facilities designated for educational purposes.

“The residents of the West San Fernando Valley, and in particular Woodland HIlls, will not tolerate another flagrant abuse of public trust, giving away properties designated for schools,” John Walker, president for the Woodland Hills Homeowners Organization, wrote in a letter to the LAUSD board members on Nov. 13.  Click here to read more: https://www.dailynews.com/2018/12/03/west-valley-residents-urge-lausd-to-steer-clear-of-converting-properties-into-shelter-for-homeless-youth/