U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

What L.A. can do now on homelessness

What L.A. can do now on homelessness

The Los Angeles City Council passed a raft of motions Tuesday aimed at carrying out its leaders' promise to make the homelessness problem a priority. It's a start, even if some of the measures are anemic.

A ballyhooed pledge to commit $100 million to solving — that is, housing — homeless people materialized in the form of a newly created trust fund, but with only $16 million in it. Even the motion to declare a shelter crisis requires more steps by the council before the lumbering city bureaucracy can allow emergency shelters to be sited without going through the usual city planning process, and parking lots can be designated as shelters for people living in their...