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California homelessness

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Some politicians claim that unhoused residents in LA County are “service resistant.” The truth is that many unhoused residents are stuck in purgatory, waiting to be placed while not receiving services they need.
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Has the “new meth” led to an uptick in extreme mental illness among LA’s unhoused population?
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Almost nobody has been moved into permanent supportive housing.
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A life fraught with constant change and uncertainty.
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A life fraught with constant change and uncertainty.
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While vendors watched their market share increase and collected money from the city and federal government, an L.A. TACO analysis found that hundreds of hand-washing stations and porta-potties went days, weeks and in some cases more than a month without being serviced.
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We, the housed, worried about our jobs, food, gas, family, friends, and our future during the pandemic. The homeless did not get a chance to think about any of that.
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Is California merely robbing Peter to pay Paul with its voter-approved bond measure to house mentally ill homeless people? Places such as Tulare County could end up losing badly needed mental health funding.


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