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Homeless in Los Angeles

On the streets in Los Angeles

Robert Taylor cleans up around his encampment in downtown Los Angeles. The wall next to where he sleeps remains charred from a fire. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Robert Taylor is often smiling, seemingly unconcerned. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Lloyd Cook, left, and Leneace Pope help Ameer Holloway wash his hair. Pope calls Cook Bam, and the two have talked about getting married. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
The tents of homeless people on South Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Mary Jackson, 66, is sweeping outside of her tent on the sidewalk. Bottles of urine are lined up for the upcoming sanitation cleanup in the encampment.  (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)
Mary Jackson, 66, is crying as she says, “I’m tired. Real tired,” as she is standing outside of her tent on the sidewalk in Los Angele (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)
A man with patched-together shoes sleeps on the street. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority workers Jaime Olmos, left, and Luis Alfredo Suarez check on Je’Kwese Ross. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Arleta Brown pulls a plastic tarp in preparation for a sanitation sweep. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
A card game at a homeless encampment. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)
Niecy pulls out her phone as she stands on Broadway Place.  (Francine Orr/Los Angeles Times)