Rethinking Responses to Homelessness in a Global Housing Crisis
Housing costs have dramatically escalated in Los Angeles and will likely continue to do so. Traditional responses to homelessness work differently in superstar cities like LA. Are there new or different approaches for responding to this crisis that Los Angeles should consider going forward? This forum will serve as an opportunity to hear more about the work Ms. Rysman is doing as a Stanton Fellow and to share insight and ideas on an innovative housing response.
Molly Rysman is the Housing and Homelessness Deputy for L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl. She notes that more money than ever is going into homelessness, more housing is being built, and yet the number of people on the street remains dismayingly high. Her hypothesis is that homelessness can’t be solved in vacuum, and a fresh assessment of the causes of and solutions to homelessness in 2017 and beyond is necessary. New funding from Measures H and HHH make this a ripe moment for reassessment.
Prior to joining the County she was the Los Angeles Director for the Corporation for Supportive Housing and External Affairs Director for Skid Row Housing Trust. She has dedicated her career to developing systemic responses to the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles.
Ms. Rysman is currently a Stanton Fellow with the Durfree Foundation. The Durfee Foundation’s Stanton Fellowship provides up to six fellows with $100,000 each over a two-year period to think deeply about big questions in their sector, and to tease out approaches that will improve life for the people of L.A.
Photo Credit: Kings Road – Housing Authority of the County of Los Angeles Public Housing