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Aiding L.A. County's chronically homeless

The Emerald Necklace operation -- targeting homeless along the San Gabriel River set to be parkland -- marks a shift in thinking about chronic homelessness, which local leaders have promised to end by 2016. Where advocates once tried to help street homeless with blankets and food, and law enforcement rousted them, the teams are spending months earning their trust and getting them into threshold services they need to qualify for housing. Read more: Advocates reach out — way out — to get homeless out of riverbed Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times
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