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The biggest barrier to opening a homeless shelter in L.A.? Location, location, location

The biggest barrier to opening a homeless shelter in L.A.? Location, location, location

It’s a twist on the usual not-in-my-backyard story: A group in Hollywood is desperately trying to open a homeless shelter.

Until July 2016, outreach workers could steer people camping out in the area to a 65-bed shelter on Sunset Boulevard.

But the shelter’s operator, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH), closed it with plans to convert the building into permanent housing for homeless people.

Now a committee of business owners, church leaders, social services providers and real estate interests has formed with the goal of establishing a replacement.

At the group’s first meeting in May, hosted by the Hollywood Property Owners Alliance, no one could think of where...

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