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Venice homeless issues to be discussed at town hall meeting

September 14, 2010 |  2:47 pm

New and ongoing programs to prevent people from living on the streets or in their vehicles will be the topic of a town hall meeting in Venice on Sept. 23.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl will moderate the forum from 7 to 9 p.m. at Westminster Avenue Elementary School on Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

Members of the public will hear presentations about existing and proposed efforts to curb homelessness, including law enforcement strategies, parking enforcement and the new "Streets to Homes" program. Streets to Homes, which is under development, would be similar to a program in Santa Barbara that provides safe overnight parking for eligible vehicle dwellers who are willing to take advantage of social services intended to get them into housing.

Among those attending will be representatives from the Los Angeles Police Department, city attorney's office, Department of Transportation and Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, which will manage the Streets to Homes program.

-- Martha Groves