Jan Perry to lead the Homeless Resource Group
Rafu staff report
Jan Perry, a three-term former Los Angeles City Council member who represented Little Tokyo and most of downtown Los Angeles from 2001 to 2013, has been named executive director of Shelter Partnership, Inc., an organization in at the forefront of homelessness programs and policies. .
Perry was cast for the role after the tragic death in March of longtime Shelter Partnership, Inc. co-founder and executive director Ruth Schwartz. Initially, Perry will take on this role on an interim basis.
Contacted by The Rafu Shimpo, Perry said, “This transformative organization, started in 1985, has a long and successful history of developing housing and resources for the local homeless community.
“I am delighted to take on the role of Executive Director to continue the legacy of the late Ruth Schwartz… in the service and defense of the homeless and homeless.”
His tenure on city council saw dramatic downtown remodeling, including the emergence of LA Live. Perry has also led the development of nearly 6,000 supportive housing units in his district. She played a key role in the making of the Terasaki Budokan, working closely with the Little Tokyo Service Center (LTSC), and is currently a member of the LTBA Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the community of Little Tokyo.
Erich Nakano, Executive Director of LTSC, underlined: “Jan Perry has always been a strong friend of Little Tokyo. She was instrumental in securing the city’s land for the Terasaki Budokan. Without it, we wouldn’t be celebrating its completion after all these years.
Announcing Perry’s new role, Shelter Partnership Board Chairman Lance Simon added that her leadership and passion for the cause of homelessness have prepared her for this difficult transition.
“Jan Perry is a brilliant and tireless individual with the skills, connections and sensitivity to help Shelter Partnership achieve these goals,” said Simon.
Shelter Partnership supports entities such as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as well as local and state government and manages the S. Mark Taper Foundation Shelter Resource Bank, a warehouse project that guarantees large-scale donations new and unused non-perishable products that are distributed free of charge to Los Angeles County agencies directly serving people living in poverty.
The resource bank has distributed about a quarter of a billion dollars in non-perishable goods to homeless shelters, veterans organizations and foster homes. Items include clothing, shoes, socks, hygiene items, and more.
In addition to providing technical, developmental, material and public policy support as a means to end homelessness in the region, the Shelter Partnership conducts critical studies on homelessness and the housing delivery system. These include the needs of victims of domestic violence, single women, emancipated youth in foster care, people with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addiction, and a major study on the housing needs of young people. homeless and low-income people living with HIV / AIDS.