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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  • Me

    As long as it doesn’t involve shuffling them off to neighboring states like dirt on the street or criminalizing them like Florida does, then I’m looking forward to hearing what Cali has in plan.

    • Reina Benoir

      Neighboring states? During the Bloomberg administration he would ship homeless people off to entirely different countries if someone offered tot ake them in.

    • Me

      WHAT?! That’s crazy. I didn’t know about that at all. I have family in Ft. Lauderdale that were telling me about how they’re even putting people in jail for HELPING the homeless & I thought that was bad. America has a really bad poverty problem… meaning the lack of empathy that folks have for people who are worse off than them. We’d rather pretend they don’t exist than to lend a helping hand. It’s crazy.

    • You would have to put Hawaii in that category as well. They tried purchasing one-way tickets to some of the homeless to the mainland.

    • Me

      I forgot about Hawaii. I did hear about that once. Some of the worst people on the planet are the ones with money and power. Rather than fix the problem people have, they treat the people like problems.

  • 2754sdr

    The Pope should visit this country more often first John Boehner resigns and Cali
    helps the homeless….in the name of the Father Son and Holy Spirit amen!

    • Me


  • I am interested in how they plan to raise the funds. It seems like they would raise the cap on the property tax and increase the minimum wage. However, that would mean dealing with the structural portion of that issue and would mean an increase in tax to those who have multi-million dollar mansions.

    • Chazz A

      Agreed. I’m also interested on the plan to raise funds. It looks good on paper but I’m very skeptical when it comes to proposals of this magnitude, especially concerning social and economic issues. Often, bureaucratic BS
      will hinder progressive action as it has here in NYC.

    • You know it. For years, California has been in the red in part due to their refusal to increase property tax thanks to a proposition that was signed into law during the late 70s in addition to the recession. While this proposition has provided loopholes for rich homeowners, it has also created loopholes for commercial business owners. Furthermore, it is not like CA is a cheap state to live. In some areas, a six-figure salary is barely middle class and a million dollars will only provide a two-bedroom house. In LA, you would almost have to make close to that to live comfortably “in an apartment”. So, even if they raise that money, how far will it exactly go? In regards to NYC, I am not surprise. When I was living in Pennsylvania, I used to see Cuomo’s inspired commercials, touting “tax-free” support for new businesses. I guess NY (with Cuomo in charge) is trying to compete with Texas in a race to the bottom.

    • Chazz A

      Wow, LA is worse than NYC in terms of the outrageous cost of living spike. Cuomo’s tax-free start up plan would be a great opportunity for entrepreneurs if it weren’t littered with restrictions, regulations and stiff qualifications

  • Homelessness is a serious national problem. Homelessness is made up of people of every color and background. Some individuals became homeless because of job layoffs, other economic reasons, some can’t afford housing, some have mental illness, some are rejected by their own families (because of various reasons), etc. Also, some cities and other locations in this country have made so many reactionary laws involving this issue, that they in fact criminalize homelessness in a de facto fashion instead of showing compassion to the homeless. What Los Angeles is doing is very historic and important. I support the imitative to fight homelessness in LA. There will be questions about the allocation of the money, the composition of the program, and the administration of the plan. Those questions must be answered and investments must be used in the right way, so human beings can be assisted. Shelter, affordable housing, and other plans are needed. Also, homeless individuals have to be treated with respect. They not only need resources. They need to be shown that people care about them and respect their human dignity.

  • I really need to learn more about this plan, as an Angelino I’ve seen the homeless issue move from downtown to smaller cities that never had homeless folks walking around especially since they’ve been building expensive lofts and putting more upscale dining and entertainment downtown. Moving the homeless around is not a solution and sense most of the homeless are also dealing with mental health issues- there needs be funds within this new plan to address that as well or else they will not be able to assist the chronically homeless.