Los Angeles City and County Join Forces to Expand Homeless Outreach

Expanding outreach comes with the specific goal of reducing the homeless population of skid row.

The 1,900 homeless people that LAPD counted back in June is nearing the record for the area.

The outreach teams being expanded started roughly a year ago. They began with a schedule of every-other-month visits to the district, but the most concentrated area of homelessness in the country needed more. In April, the visit schedule was increased to weekly visits and that proved to still not be enough.

So now County Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas and Hilda Solis as well as City Councilman Jose Huizar are all seeking to use some of their discretionary funds to equip the outreach teams to operate five days a week.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is also prepping a “battle plan” to end homelessness in the city. The plan includes $1.35 million for outreach team expansion like the ones in skid row, but critics say that funding for housing is also vital to keeping people off the streets.

The full story on LA’s homeless outreach can be found here.

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