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How the homeless live — and what they keep — in L.A.

How the homeless live — and what they keep — in L.A.

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on proposals to make it easier for the city to remove homeless people's belongings from sidewalks and public parks. Previous efforts to seize property left on sidewalks and to arrest homeless people for sleeping in the streets were struck down by federal judges. But faced with an 85% rise in encampments in the last two years, the city is looking for new ways to clean up homeless enclaves without running afoul of the courts. Many of the city's 26,000 homeless residents live in tents or lean-tos, and gather possessions both practical and personal. Here is a look at a few of these people and the things they keep close: ...

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