Posted on 12/10/2018

Administration restructures teams to elevate initiatives to address the root causes of poverty and intensify the work of getting homeless Angelenos into homes

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti today named Christina Miller as Deputy Mayor for City Homelessness Initiatives, to lead his administration’s response to the homelessness crisis.

Miller previously served in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity. Brenda Shockley, Deputy Mayor for Economic Opportunity, will intensify that office’s work to confront the root causes of poverty and prevent people from becoming homeless.

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. An unprecedented effort supported by City and County ballot measures, and the Mayor’s A Bridge Home program, have demonstrated momentum in getting homeless Angelenos off the street, and Miller’s new role will be critical to accelerating that momentum.

Miller, who joined the Garcetti administration in April as Senior Project Manager for Homelessness Strategies, will head the newly-formed Mayor’s Office of City Homelessness Initiatives. In that role, she will oversee the work of the Unified Homelessness Response Center; serve as the Mayor’s lead homelessness liaison with County government and nonprofit partners like United Way; guide implementation of the A Bridge Home program; manage delivery of services to people on Skid Row; and lead teams focused on allocating Prop. HHH funds for the construction of affordable and supportive housing across the city.

Previously, Miller was a consulting project manager on homelessness issues for Los Angeles World Airports, where she helped lead an interagency task force that successfully addressed a homeless encampment in Manchester Square, and connected hundreds of people with housing-focused services. Prior to that, she worked for L.A. Family Housing, a low-income housing developer and service provider in the San Fernando Valley — where she brought to scale a community-wide housing system, and oversaw services that brought nearly 1,000 chronically homeless adults and veterans off the streets.

“Christina is a dynamic leader with a passion for bringing people, organizations, and institutions together to help Angelenos in desperate need get off the streets and rebuild their lives,” said Mayor Garcetti. “She has the skills to take charge of our work to defeat this urgent moral and humanitarian crisis, and I have every confidence that she will succeed.”

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, led by Deputy Mayor Brenda Shockley, will intensify its focus on anti-poverty and homelessness prevention initiatives. Shockley and her team will continue to partner with educators, community organizations, and policy makers to advance the Mayor’s core initiatives to keep people off the streets, in the workforce, and on track for jobs that pay a decent wage and allow more Angelenos to keep a roof over their heads.

These efforts include putting more money in the pockets of nearly 550,000 workers so far by raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour; putting thousands more students on the path to the middle class through College Promise; returning more than 11,000 veterans and counting to the workforce through the 10,000 Strong initiative; and tripling the number of youth jobs in the city, from 5,000 when Mayor Garcetti took office to 17,000 today. To date, L.A.’s unemployment rate has dropped by more than half since 2013.

“Brenda’s extraordinary leadership has been instrumental in our work to begin turning a corner on the homelessness crisis,” said Mayor Garcetti. “Her expertise, dedication, and deep relationships in the community are creating opportunities for Angelenos across the city, and I am looking forward to working closely with her to build on those accomplishments.”