Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless
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Freeways: A refuge for the homeless

Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

Charles Netherly, 40, tends to his Christmas tree standing next to his tent on the 42nd Street overpass above the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. Netherly has been homeless since 2010. “We really want society to know what’s going on out here,” Netherly said.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

Alena, 45, cleans herself along Main Street where she lives in a tent with many other homeless above the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. “I’m new to this unexpected homelessness,” she said. She was laid off from her job as an administrative assistant this year.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

Homeless people reside above and below the 110 Freeway on the 42nd Street overpass in downtown Los Angeles.

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Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

A homeless man pushes his belongings on Spring Street over the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

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Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

A jogger runs past a row of homeless tents on Los Angeles Street above the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

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Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

A tent for a homeless person rests along Aliso Street while a man walks his dog along Los Angeles Street above the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

Reynaldo Ganon, Jr., 36, walks past some of his belongings along Arcadia Street above the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles. He has been homeless for the last three months after losing his job.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

A homeless man pushes his belongings in a shopping cart past a homeless encampment on the 42nd Street overpass above the 110 Freeway in Los Angeles.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

A homeless man walks with his blankets and belongings along Main Street where many homeless have pitched tents over the 101 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Freeways: A Refuge for the Homeless

Willie Hadnot, 59, lives in this small structure along the 110 Freeway on Sout Flower Street near the 42nd Street overpass in Los Angeles. Hadnot, who has been homeless for two years, has been living in this structure for two months. Elvis Summers builds tiny houses for members of Los Angeles’ homeless community.

 (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
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