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How Is The Trump Administration Proposing To Help L.A. Address Homelessness?




U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson (L) shakes hands with Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price at at a housing forum on September 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson (L) shakes hands with Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price at at a housing forum on September 18, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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The Trump Administration is offering to step in and provide Los Angeles with resources to help its homelessness crisis. But the proposal is essentially a deal with conditions the administration says the city must meet. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson sent a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti saying federal officials would help the city by providing resources like emergency healthcare and federal land.  But the letter also proposed that L.A. would have to make “necessary policy changes” in how it addresses the issue of homelessness. The specific details aren’t clear but they could include changes to how local law enforcement is utilized and reducing housing regulations as a way to increase affordable housing. It’s also unclear how much aid the Trump administration could provide. Although many are applauding L.A. city and county officials for attempting to work with the White House, some worry about the stipulations that might come with it.

Today on AirTalk, Larry sits down with a variety of stakeholders to discuss where talks are now and what is likely to come.  

Guests:

Rev. Andy Bales, CEO of Union Rescue Mission; he tweets @abales

Kathryn Barger, L.A. County supervisor representing the 5th district, which includes the Antelope, San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valley; she tweets @kathrynbarger

Va Lecia Adams Kellum, president and CEO of St. Joseph Center which works with working low-income families, and homeless men, women and children; they are based in Venice and service L.A. County ; tweets @VaLeciaAdams