Screen Shot 2015-09-25 at 10.48.04 AMLos Angeles has declared a state of emergency when it comes to its homeless population. And this week, the city unveiled a plan to combat the issue that has gotten out of hand.

The city has yet to lay out definitive plans but council members and Mayor Eric Garcetti said the city’s homeless population has risen 13% since last year.

“It’s time to get real, because this is literally a matter of life and death,” Councilman Mike Bonin said to the LA Times, Bonin also denounced the ““collective failure of every level of government to deal with what has been a homeless crisis for generations and is exploding and exacerbating now.”

“We all understand the urgency that this situation requires, and what is at stake,” the mayor said, according to CNN. “I applaud the Los Angeles City Council for their action today in earmarking a necessary initial investment that helps launch my comprehensive plan to tackle homelessness.”

Garcetti is also proposing money to go towards permanent housing for the homeless, as well as expanding the city’s homeless services division and shelters.

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