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Could you live in L.A. on $221 a month?
Could you live in L.A. on $221 a month?

In the early 1980s, as today, Los Angeles County residents who qualified for no other form of public assistance were given a few hundred dollars in monthly last-resort payments known as general relief. It was a lifeline to people down on their luck, hoping to cobble together a few dollars to put a roof over their heads, at least for a portion of the month. The amount in 1982 was $221. More than 30 years later, that's still what the county pays, despite the obvious many-fold increases over the decades in the cost of housing and other basic needs. Two general relief recipients pooling their money still can't afford a month in a typical L.A. apartment. And leaders wonder why Los...

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