L.A. City Council nears settlement to provide shelter, clear homeless people off streets

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The proposed deal in L.A. is modeled after one put into place in Orange County by Judge David. O Carter, pictured in an undated photo touring skid row. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

The proposed deal in L.A. is modeled after one put into place in Orange County by Judge David. O Carter, pictured in an undated photo touring skid row. (Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times)

The Los Angeles City Council appears to be heading toward a settlement of a federal lawsuit by agreeing to provide new housing or shelter for thousands of homeless people, while being able to use anti-camping laws to clear anyone remaining on the streets.

The new beds would be spread across the city, based on the number of homeless people estimated to be living in each City Council district in 2020, and could require every council member to find locations for hundreds of new beds.

It’s not clear how much the city might have to spend to fund this ambitious expansion, although it’s a question council members have asked city finance officials. It’s also not clear what the balance would be between permanent housing and homeless shelters, which are designed to be temporary stops.

Spokesmen for both Mayor Eric Garcetti and City Atty. Michael Feuer declined to comment.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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