Councilman Jose Huizar last week introduced the new homeless outreach team for Boyle Heights, El Sereno and Northeast LA.
Huizar worked with County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to bring a new intensive outreach team to serve those experiencing homelessness – specifically outside of Downtown LA, the councilman said last week.
The new team includes a mental health worker, substance abuse counselor case manager, medical provider and a peer with lived experience, the same combination of teams that have had success on Skid Row.
“More resources are needed from County partners to address the mental-health crisis in CD14 and beyond,” said Huizar, pointing out that a third of the homeless population struggles with mental health illnesses.
“This is a key step forward, but we need more resources and immediate response teams for those experiencing mental health crises,” Huizar said.