The Social Safety Net |

These police officers were assigned to help the homeless, but did they?

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| The LAPD launched its program in 2016 and its officers have contacted thousands of homeless people. But its unclear how many actually received help.

GOP tax plan could make California's housing crisis worse

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The Republican tax plan would have a "devastating" impact on the state's efforts to address affordable housing and homelessness, experts say.

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LA's plan to keep intoxicated people out of the ER and jail

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The county's first sobering center opens Monday on Skid Row. It will primarily serve homeless, intoxicated people who might otherwise end up in jail or an emergency room.

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LA has more chronically homeless than any other city

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L.A. has the most chronically homeless residents in the U.S. for the second year in a row, according to a federal report released this week. So what are we doing about it?

Homeless seniors find home in new SoCal apartment complex

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The Winnetka Villa Apartments, a new housing development for homeless and low-income senior citizens, held its grand opening Thursday.

How Riverside County reached 'functional zero' veteran homelessness

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The tools to reach functional zero include prioritizing veterans, using actual veterans in outreach, treating veterans as individuals and working with law enforcement.

LA sheriff: Don't arrest homeless, get them into services

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Under a new county policy, homeless people who commit low-level crimes will be directed to shelters and mental health services. Arrests will be a last resort.

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There are just 5 bathrooms for the 1800 people on Skid Row

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Human waste is often found along the streets of Skid Row. And the area's few bathrooms harbor drug use, prostitution and violence.

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