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A Personal Stake in Housing the Homeless

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council appointed Tunua Thrash-Ntuk, executive director of LISC's LA office, to a committee that will oversee a $1.2 billion effort targeting homelessness there. The crisis is of particular importance to Thrash-Ntuk who, in her youth, experienced homelessness. The initiative aims to create 10,000 units of housing for homeless people and families over the next 10 years.

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Ex-homeless to oversee $1.2 billion LA drive to help people off the street
By Ken Stone, MyNewsLA.com

Two new appointees to a $1.2 billion oversight committee in the drive to end homelessness in Los Angeles know a lot about the subject: They were once homeless themselves.

Three appointees to a citizen committee that will help oversee $1.2 billion for homeless initiatives were approved Friday by the Los Angeles City Council, while Mayor Eric Garcetti announced his four appointees.

Two — Tiffany Boyd and Tunua Thrash-Ntuk — said they were homeless at one point. Boyd is now a full-time student and a representative of the National Foster Youth Institute. Thrash-Ntuk is executive director of the Los Angeles Local Initiatives Support Corp.

“Angelenos approved Prop. HHH because residents want to take part in ending our homelessness crisis,” Garcetti said. `

“The measure was designed to give everyone in our city the opportunity to have a say in how and where dollars are spent and where housing is built. The Citizen’s Oversight Committee is made up of thoughtful, dedicated people with the integrity to help guide that process — and to make sure resources are allocated equitably and transparently.”

Proposition HHH was approved by city voters in November and aims to build 10,000 housing units for the homeless with $1.2 billion in bond money over 10 years. As part of the propostion, the oversight committee was to be made up of four mayoral appointees and three City Council appointees. Continue Reading[+]...