VENICE- Families First Venice has filed an appeal with the Los Angeles Bureau of Engineer (BOE) challenging the City's permit to move forward with the proposed 33-room transitional homeless shelter located on Washington Avenue.
The appeal was filed on behalf of more than 400 residents today, Wednesday, March 17, the last day to file the City Engineer’s approval of the project.
VENICE- It didn't take long for an email sent this past Friday, March 5, to make its rounds …
According to a statement sent out by Families First Venice: "Without any notice to or input from the local community, the City purchased the former Ramada Inn and had plans to use it as a transitional shelter for a 'target population' of individuals from all over the City of Los Angeles currently residing near freeway overpasses. "
The organization said it felt there weren't enough hearings about the project for the impact it would have on the community. It also stated that during the process of alerting people about the project, only residents within 150 feet of the proposed shelter were given notice.
"The City ultimately refused public safety requests from the local community, such as increased LAPD patrols, a ban on residents of the shelter also maintaining encampments on the neighboring residential streets, increased street lighting, and violent criminal offender screening."
The organization said they felt the City also refused to offer any assurance to the [local] community that it would not operate the shelter in a manner that "created a public nuisance or jeopardized the health or safety of persons living or working in the neighborhood."
According to the release, grounds for the appeal included numerous due process violations, inadequate and incomplete conditions imposed by BOE that failed to address public safety, health, and welfare, and non-compliance with various state laws and the City's own municipal code.
"Bringing these people into the process, many whom were unaware of the project until local outreach was done, shows the high level of interest in the community regarding the project and the impact it may have on local families and residents."