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LA Mayor's Top Homelessness Advisor To Resign

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Christina Miller. (Courtesy of LA Mayor's Office)

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s top homelessness advisor announced this week she plans to resign from her position by the end of the month.

Christina Miller will join the National Alliance To End Homelessness in September, where she will work as the California point person.

Miller was appointed as Deputy Mayor for City Homeless Initiatives in late 2018, and has managed several city programs to expand L.A.’s temporary shelter system. She's also overseen much of the city response to shield homeless people from COVID-19 in hotels and recreation centers. Her appointment was made as the mayor restructured teams to address the homelessness crisis.

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The announcement of her appointment read:

This restructuring of teams comes at a critical moment in Los Angeles’ fight to end homelessness. The City has made strong progress, delivering the first overall decline in nine years.

Unfortunately, the decrease in the count of homeless people in 2018 was overshadowed by double digit increases in both of the following years.

Late Tuesday, Garcetti announced Miller will be succeeded by Jose 'Che' Ramirez, who most recently directed a social services agency in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district. He will take over the role at a time when Los Angeles is staring down what may be a new wave of homelessness due to massive increases in unemployment during the coronavirus pandemic.

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