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Does California Need A Homelessness 'State Of Emergency'?

A homeless woman sleeps on a pile of belongings on the street near the Los Angeles Mission on December 22, 2017.
A homeless woman sleeps on a pile of belongings on the street near the Los Angeles Mission on December 22, 2017.
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Governor Gavin Newsom's task force on homelessness met Friday in Los Angeles to discuss ideas for more quickly getting people off the streets.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who co-chairs the task force, has recently called on California officials to declare a “state of emergency” on homelessness. He has said that could help ease environmental regulations that can hold up new shelters and housing developments, and that a state of emergency is appropriate given the scale of the problem.