Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, said Friday there will be no attempt to roust homeless people from streets and encampments near Staples Center during next month’s Democratic National Convention.
Gore made her comments during a town hall meeting at downtown Los Angeles’ Central Library that addressed ways to end homelessness and the poverty, housing and health problems associated with it.
The event, co-hosted by Sharon Davis, wife of California Gov. Gray Davis, drew an overflow crowd of more than 150 elected officials, advocates, care providers and people who are, or once were, homeless. The meeting preceded today’s opening of “The Way Home: Ending Homelessness in America,” a photo exhibitthat documents the lives of homeless men, women and children from Los Angeles to New York.
Gore, a longtime advocate for homeless issues, is a contributing photographer in the exhibit. The convention is Aug. 14-17.
“Early on we asked that nobody be displaced; we don’t want that happening just because the Democrats are going to be meeting in this city,” Gore told the audience.