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April 20, 2021

LA to spend nearly $1B on homeless as crisis rages

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD and CHRISTOPHER WEBER
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Faced with an out-of-control homeless crisis, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti on Monday was expected to propose spending nearly $1 billion in the coming year to get people off the streets, build housing and clean up squalid encampments that have spread into nearly every neighborhood in the city.

The proposal for record-level spending comes as City Hall faces widening criticism for its inability to restrain the growth of homelessness, even though city investments in programs aimed at unhoused people have soared nearly sevenfold since 2016.


 
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