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LA City Council approves controversial homeless shelter in Venice Beach




A homeless man with his dog stops at a trash bin to search for recyclable cans as beach-goers head home for the day at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, 28 August 2003.
A homeless man with his dog stops at a trash bin to search for recyclable cans as beach-goers head home for the day at Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California, 28 August 2003.
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Under a plan approved by the Los Angeles City Council yesterday, Venice Beach will be the site for a 154-bed temporary homeless shelter.

The $5 million project will be erected at the site of an unused MTA yard on Sunset Avenue. Once constructed, it’ll house 100 adults and 54 younger homeless people.

The Venice homeless shelter is part of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Bridge Home program that aims to provide homeless shelters in each of the city’s 15 council districts. Yesterday’s vote by the City Council capped a contentious debate in Venice on what the city should do to address the problem of rampant homelessness in the beach community.

While proponents of the shelter project applauded the approval, opponents said they might file lawsuits against the city.

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Dakota Smith, reporter for the Los Angeles Times who’s been following the story; she tweets @dakotacdsmith