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L.A. Lawmakers to Declare ‘State of Emergency,’ Commit More Than $100 Million to Fight Homelessness

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Members of the Los Angeles City Council are expected Tuesday to declare a “state of emergency” on homelessness and commit $100 million toward housing and other services for homeless people.

Annie Moody adjusts belongings next to her tent on Towne Avenue at 6th Street in Los Angeles. (Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

Annie Moody adjusts belongings next to her tent on Towne Avenue at 6th Street in Los Angeles. (Credit: Gary Friedman/Los Angeles Times)

The announcement coincides with Mayor Eric Garcetti’s proposal, issued late Monday, that the city devote nearly $13 million toward short-term housing initiatives paid for with projected excess funds.

If approved, the pair of initiatives could significantly increase the resources dedicated to tackling homelessness in a city where the majority of the 26,000 homeless people live on the streets.

“It’s not a Skid Row problem. It’s a problem that’s proliferated throughout the city,” said Councilman Gilbert Cedillo, who will announce the $100-million commitment with Council President Herb Wesson and Councilman Mike Bonin at a morning press conference outside City Hall. Garcetti will also be in attendance, a spokeswoman confirmed late Monday after initially indicating the mayor had a prior commitment.

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