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Press Conference To Spot The Selling of Alcohol In Skid Row

general Jeff by Michael blaze

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Scores of community residents and stakeholders have organized to stop alcohol sales at the proposed retail venue, located on the ground floor of the New Genesis Apartments. Activists are adamant that publicly-funded housing projects such as this — which house the chronically homeless,by michael blaze and provide on-site wrap-around services for alcoholics, addicts, victims of substance abuse and/or those suffering from mental illness and poverty, should not profit from alcohol sales. Earlier this year, Skid Row community stakeholders rebuffed SRHT’s first attempt to get an alcohol permit at this exact location for a full line of alcohol. Now, SRHT is applying for beer and wine.

 by michael blaze
General Jeff, a three-term Board of Directors member for the Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council (DLANC), is among the first critics of this plan, “Skid Row Housing Trust boldly claims on their website to provide services that help formerly homeless folks ‘move beyond poverty, illness and addiction’. How can they do this in a proficient manner with an alcohol permit hanging out of their back pocket?” he stated.by michael blaze
Kevin Michael Key, UCEPP lead organizer, had this to say about placing an alcohol venue in low-income housing built for people in recovery and/or with co-occurring disorders, “This project disregards the needs of the majority of the New Genesis residents and other community members who have adverse reactions to alcohol. So many peopleMichael Blazecome up to me and say, Skid Row Housing Trust selling alcohol makes dollars, but it doesn’t make sense. New Genesis residents have come to me and asked- Why can’t us folks in recovery eat where we live? Why would they (SRHT) do that to us?”
 
Community Activists Demand:
1. That Skid Row Housing Trust withdraw its application for an alcohol CUP/CUB at the New Genesis Apartments, and agree not to seek any other alcohol permits in any of their supportive housing units.by michael blaze
2. That LA City Councilmember Jose Huizar oppose any alcohol permits in non-profit housing projects that uses public dollars to provide services for the homeless, within his district.
3. That all government agencies, banks, contractors, private foundations and donors freeze all funding and donations to SRHT until such time as said alcohol application is officially withdrawn.by michael blaze
What: Press conference to stop alcohol sales at the New Genesis Apartments in Skid Row
When: 12 p.m., Monday, December 9, 2013
Where: directly in front of New Genesis Apartments, 456 S. Main St. Los Angeles CA. 90014by michael blaze
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