Report on L.A. City Homelessness Plan Gives Sobering Picture of Struggle Ahead

An encampment of homeless people along 6th Street on skid row in early Nov. 2016. (Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

An encampment of homeless people along 6th Street on skid row in early Nov. 2016. (Credit: Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times)

Nine months after the Los Angeles City Council unanimously adopted a comprehensive plan to end homelessness, the first progress report on the plan, released this week, offered a sobering picture of the long and difficult path ahead.

Proposals for storage lockers and toilets for street dwellers are stalled, new shelter capacity is being added at a trickle, and the city bureaucracy moving more slowly than some council members had expected.

“I don’t get that. There’s so much red tape and process in that, ” Councilman Michael Bonin said of an item in the report citing a study of shared housing. “If there are beds available today, I would like us to be moving on it.”

The news wasn’t all bad.

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