The Times podcast: The RV homeless encampments of L.A.

RV homeless encampment
Firefighters put out a fire on an RV owned by a homeless man in West Los Angeles in 2022.
(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Over the last couple of years, RVs in Los Angeles turned from a vehicle for camping to shelter for people who are unhoused. That’s led to multiple complaints — and deaths.

Today, we examine how L.A. got to this point. Read the full transcript here.
Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times columnist Erika D. Smith

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