Metro has hired outreach workers who try to house the homeless who sleep on the subway. The agency says its hope is that spending $1.2 million on helping homeless people, instead of ticketing them, may make a difference in the long run.
Faced with complaints of filth and blight, L.A. cracks down on overnight RV parking. Now, the homeless are scrambling
L.A. passed a law that barred vehicle dwellers from spending the night near homes, parks and schools, but allowed them to park and sleep on other streets. Since then, lawmakers have banned RVs — the most obvious sign of vehicle dwelling — from parking overnight on hundreds of street segments.
Recreational vehicles and campers are the only homes thousands of people can afford in Los Angeles. Their presence is rarely welcome. “Sometimes I feel like we’re worse than homeless," says one.
Making jails the centerpiece of mental health treatment is a monumental betrayal of our claim to a humane and civilized society.
High rents, few vacancies, stagnant incomes and a patchy government safety net — this is why Los Angeles is the facing an unprecedented homeless crisis.
Two proposals would eliminate some hurdles for permanent supportive housing projects and make it easier to temporarily convert motels into homeless housing. But some critics say the supportive housing measure goes too far, depriving residents of a chance to voice concerns about projects.
A plan to make city property available for homeless housing projects is now focused almost entirely on about 120 public parking lots, most acquired by the city in the 1950s and 1960s to spur suburban commercial development. The conversions will require both architectural and political ingenuity.
Many arrests are for unpaid tickets, a Times analysis finds. Police say arrests are a necessary tool, while homeless advocates see a revolving door of debt and jail stays.
A succession of mayors have tried different fixes since homelessness emerged as a crisis in the 1980s, but if the problem continues to climb at current rates, it will swamp even the best efforts.
L.A. homeless crisis grows despite political promises, many speeches and millions of dollars. How do we fix this?
Voters have approved billions of dollars to build housing and provide services. But so far, the impact on the streets has been negligible.