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No excuse for L.A.'s surging homeless population
No excuse for L.A.'s surging homeless population

You see them behind bushes and in parks, in ragged tents and beat-up vans, on beaches and along arroyos, under bridges, in alleys and on sidewalks. It's mostly men but you will find more than a few women and even some children. The number of people without a place to live has grown by 12% in riches-and-rags Los Angeles County in the last two years, to nearly 45,000, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority's biennial report. Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas said it was time to increase affordable housing and supportive housing. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city had to do more on many fronts, including homeless prevention. ...

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