June 10, 2008
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske today announced that Mental Health America of Los Angeles has told her that it is willing not to locate its proposed program to serve the homeless who are in need of mental health services at the location of Burnett and Grand, behind the City’s Department of Health and Human Services.
The site had been originally selected as part of the City’s application to re-use Schroeder Army Hall property for a police substation. Federal regulations require that the City accommodate the needs of the homeless as a condition of receiving the surplus army property.
"I want to thank MHA and City staff for working with me to find the best solution possible for our neighborhoods," said Schipske, whose 5th District includes both the army property and the proposed site for the homeless services program.
"Since January I have been encouraging both parties to meet together to see whether or not other sites would be more appropriate for the proposed homeless services. Both parties are continuing to identify an alternative location," noted Schipske, stressing that. MHA’s agreement today takes the Burnett property off the table as a location.
Once an alternative site is agreed to by both parties, the current re-use plan agreed to by the City Council in December 2007 on an 8-1 vote, will have to be amended, approved by the Council and resubmitted to the federal government.
"MHA’s willingness to work with the City is a requirement for the City to be able to use the Schroeder Army Hall property for a police substation. MHA’s action today is a win-win for both parties because the City will be able to build the police substation and MHA will still be able to provide its services," concluded Schipske.