At the committee's inaugural meeting, members also discussed developing transitional and bridge lodgings for homeless people while they await permanent lodging, new storage facilities for their possessions and parking lots for people who live in their cars.
Over the years, Los Angeles has not wanted for homeless committees or plans. Former Councilwoman
But committee members, including Councilman
"We need to declare a state of emergency in homelessness," Bonin said.
The committee meeting followed the council's vote Tuesday, approving a more aggressive tack in breaking up street encampments. Several speakers applauded the hygiene and expanded shelter proposals, which were referred to staff for study, but said new homeless sweeps should have waited until officials can expand storage, now limited to a single skid row warehouse.
A federal court in 2012 ordered the city to stop taking and destroying homeless people's possessions. The city largely quit homeless sweeps and elaborate camps proliferated across the city. The new ordinances require the city to store seized belongings for 90 days.
Huizar said the laws would not be enforced unless there is sufficient storage. The measures, which must be ratified at a second vote next week, are being tinkered with, he added.
"It's not perfect," said Huizar, noting Bonin has proposed an amendment to drop a misdemeanor penalty from the ordinances.
"But if possessions are illegally blocking the public right of way, we need to clear it up so everyone can use it," Huizar said.
The other council members on the committee are