HHF: As L.A.’s Homeless Catastrophe Festers, City Hall Fast-tracks Parker Center Demolition to Block Housing Initiative

City Council’s vote today to expedite the demolition of former L.A.P.D. headquarters after the building sat empty since 2009 and replace it with an expected $900 million office tower for city workers shows an ‘edifice complex’ and just how out of touch the Mayor, City Council and L.A. bureaucrats are with the landscape and reality of life in today’s Los Angeles.

As 31,000 homeless remain on L.A. streets and the City offers few concrete, innovative or workable solutions—meeting with vocal neighborhood resistance to shelter plans citywide—city officials willfully ignore housing advocates’ proposal—and their pending ballot initiative—to let voters decide on repurposing Parker Center as affordable and homeless housing.

LOS ANGELES--()--The Healthy Housing Foundation Powered by AHF, which launched in Los Angeles in October 2017 to address and help house the homeless and has now housed over 400 formerly homeless and at-risk individuals in three former hotels and motels in L.A., today sharply criticized Los Angeles City Council for their vote earlier today to fast-track demolition of Parker Center, the former L.A.P.D. headquarters, and replace it with an expected $900 million luxury office tower for city workers. The Health Housing Foundation and AHF both question the motives and speed with which city officials are moving to destroy the building—and its potential as affordable and homeless housing—since the building has been sitting vacant since 2009, and during the time which the number of homeless and unsheltered individuals in the City of Los Angeles exploded to more than 31,000.

“The City Council's action to speed the destruction of Parker Center is an insult to good governance and to the homeless population. The luxury city office building, which will wind up costing a billion dollars, is the last thing we need during the current homeless catastrophe. The Healthy Housing Foundation is currently in the process of developing a plan to preserve the building, rename it for Tom Bradley, and house 730 people at less than one-quarter of the price— and, we have already submitted a ballot initiative to make this happen,” said Michael Weinstein, President of AHF. “Obviously, the council is rushing to destroy the building ASAP because they don't want a housing for the homeless in their backyard. Their ‘edifice complex’ demands a luxury city government office tower as a monument to their own arrogance.”

Earlier in 2018, HHF opened the doors to a 27-room temporary housing facility re-christened the Sunrise on Sunset (SOS, the former Sunset 8 Motel), the renovated 220-room Madison Hotel on Skid Row, and the historic 150-room King Edward Hotel in the Los Angeles community.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), which began as the AIDS Hospice Foundation, has a long history of providing and advocating for secure and affordable housing for the chronically ill. From its start providing AIDS hospice in the 1980s as a place for people to die with dignity to its recent creation of the Healthy Housing Foundation, which in six months has housed nearly 400 previously homeless individuals—more than any housed by the L.A. city-sponsored 2016 Ballot Measure HHH, which will not house its first residents until the end of 2019 at the earliest---AHF has been working to address the housing needs of the chronically ill for more than 30 years.

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 924,000 individuals in 41 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, Communications Director
323.791.5526 cell
gedk@aidshealth.org

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HHF: As L.A.’s Homeless Catastrophe Festers, City Hall Fast-tracks Parker Center Demolition to Block Housing Initiative.

Contacts

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Ged Kenslea, Communications Director
323.791.5526 cell
gedk@aidshealth.org