Sherman Oaks Homeowners Fight City On Homeless Housing Sites

After a hostile open house meeting with Councilmember David Ryu in Sherman Oaks last week, the Homeowners Association is now requesting that the proposed homeless housing sites be turned into facilities for families and seniors instead.

In August, the two chosen locations were announced, and officials said the sites would be used for permanent, supportive housing for the homeless community. Most of the Sherman Oaks homeowners community seemed to disagree.

The Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association released a statement on Friday that said the site on W. Dickens St. should only be “a senior citizens-only permanent supportive housing development,” and the Sepulveda Blvd. location should be “bridge housing for families with children only.”

“We will continue to make our feelings known to the council office and continue to reach out to the Sherman Oaks community for any ideas in handling this crisis in an acceptable manner,” the statement said.

The Vision Committee and the neighborhood council will be holding a meeting to discuss the new motion on Oct. 4, at the Sherman Oaks Library. Part of their motion is stated below, and you can read the full agenda for the meeting here.

“Responding to the communities concerns, if the proposed sites at 15314 W. Dickens St. and 5161 Sepulveda are found feasible and if council member Ryu chooses to move forward with these sites, we recommend the proposed Permanent Supportive Housing on the Dickens site be limited to seniors or women and children only and the proposed project replace the existing public parking spaces plus have parking for the new units as per code. We recommend the proposed Sepulveda site be Bridge Housing or Affordable Housing that is limited to serving seniors or women and children.”

Read the full report on the Los Angeles Daily News.


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