Mitch believes that addressing the homelessness crisis requires an all-hands-on-deck approach that uses every resource at our disposal to move people experiencing homelessness onto a pathway to wellness and stability.
This is why Mitch has worked with private landowners to stand up hundreds of interim housing beds; and helped non-profit developers navigate the City’s land use process, leading to more than 4,300 units of affordable housing being built, under construction or permitted in the 13th District since Mitch took office - significantly more than almost anywhere else.
And - Angelenos have sacrificed and stepped up time and time again: taxing themselves to build housing and bring more services to people living on our streets; supporting permanent and interim housing in their neighborhoods; and demonstrating an inordinate amount of patience as the City works move people indoors.
Yet, one Angeleno has been conspicuously absent: Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, Los Angeles’ richest resident, who also owns St. Vincent Medical Center - a nearly 400-bed facility that has sat empty for two years, while people live and die in squalor.
This is unacceptable.
Worse, this isn’t for lack of trying. For over two years, the City has sought to directly engage with Dr. Soon-Shiong so we can put this hospital back into service.
And for over two years, he has not been responsive to the task of treating and housing homeless Angelenos at the enormous, vacant medical facility he owns.
This is out of step with how Angelenos want to solve this issue – comprehensively and collaboratively. With so many lives at stake, there is no more time to waste. It’s time to reopen St. Vincent as an acute care facility for people experiencing homelessness.
To help bring attention and build support, Mitch has created a public petition - bit.ly/openstvincent - urging Dr. Soon-Shiong to finally reopen St. Vincent Hospital.
Here’s how you can help:
✅Sign our petition
✅Share the petition on your social media channels, using the hashtag #openstvincent
✅Email the petition to friends, family and loved ones
Using the State’s historic budget surplus and relationships in Sacramento, Mitch is ready to work with Dr. Soon-Shiong to reactivate St. Vincent as an acute care medical facility.
Angelenos have done their part. We need Dr. Soon-Shiong to do the same.
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