In Battle Against Homelessness, L.A. Councilman Pushes State, County Officials for More Resources

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California lawmakers agreed this month to hand over $650 million to big cities, counties and regional agencies to help fight homelessness.

Now some Los Angeles officials say they want more. Much more.

At a news conference Wednesday, City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell urged the state to match the $1.2-billion bond measure that L.A. voters approved in 2016 to build homeless housing, contending that the additional money could be pulled from the state’s reserves.

That funding would be on top of whatever L.A. gets out of the $650 million already being allocated to cities and counties by the state, which was approved just weeks ago. O’Farrell said the money could be used to double the 10,000 units that the city had aimed to build with the help of its bond measure, Proposition HHH.

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