“We want everyone to be safer at home, but for some people, and we know that it is not necessarily a safe place because of domestic violence,” Garcetti said. “However, as a result of this pandemic is, of course, is that the people were to remain in place, there will be no place for them to go … to a lack of available beds for new patients that are looking for help and looking for hope to have suddenly dried up.”
The mayor said that the Los Angeles Police department, like other agencies in the county, and it had been seen that there is a peak in the every day, domestic violence calls.
In order to meet the growing demand, the city initiated the Project to Safe Harbour, with a $4.2 million donation from the singer Rihanna, and Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey. Project Safe Haven will provide housing for up to 900 families over the course of the next three months.
“I want to thank both of them for their hearts, for it is the speed at which they did so, and the ability to save lives, and if we are to save lives,” Garcetti said.
The mayor said the contracts have been executed between the Mayor’s Fund, a non-for-profit organizations to provide case management and related services for the survivors of the shipwreck.
“I want every survivor of domestic violence, and to know that we have to take care of you,” Garcetti said. “For your safety, it is also an opportunity. It is your right, and you’re not the only one.”
People who are in need of funds and can send text messages or make calls to 911, if they are in immediate danger, or you can go online to find a list of available resources.
Garcetti also announced that, as of Wednesday night, all the inhabitants of the city of Los Angeles would be in a position to be tested for the COVID of 19, regardless of whether or not they are experiencing symptoms.
“As long as the disease lasts a lifetime, we need to test it,” he said. “We know that a corona virus is a silent killer that moves, we, the people, and a lot of the people who transmit the disease, and this is the reason why it is so deadly not to know that they’re talking about.”
He said that people who have symptoms, together with the critical employees, it would still be a priority, but that the large-scale testing, it is critical to move forward in the days and weeks ahead.
“So, if you think that you might be able to have the COVID or 19, you will want to ensure that you don’t, if you’ve been around the people who you’ve seen before, with symptoms, it’s a test,” he said. “We will be able to do it, and I would like to remind everyone that these tests are free of charge to the public, at no cost to you, all of you, but you can’t put a price on the peace of mind of knowing that you are not able to infect anyone around you.”
Appointments are required for testing, and it can be made online.