Administration Seeking Homelessness Solutions
White House officials in Los Angeles for meetings
According to the deputy communications director for Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, officials from the White House along with staff from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Domestic Policy Council are in California for meetings on the homelessness issue.
“Our office learned very recently of the administration’s plans to visit L.A., to learn more about our strategies for responding to the homelessness crisis,” he said in an email. “We welcome them and look forward to showing them our work to confront this humanitarian emergency.”
The trip comes amid renewed criticism from the president of officials’ response to California’s homeless epidemic. Los Angeles has seen a 16 percent increase in its homeless population over the last year, as more than 36,000 people now live on the streets there.
"What they are doing to our beautiful California is a disgrace to our country," President Trump said during a rally in Ohio last month. "It's a shame. The world is looking at it. Look at Los Angeles with the tents and the horrible, horrible conditions. Look at San Francisco, look at some of your other cities."
Being discussed this week are ideas for razing existing homeless encampments, building new homeless shelters and housing, or refurbishing existing units while giving the federal government more oversight of health care and housing.
The visit by White House officials comes as lawmakers in Los Angeles debate a plan barring people from sleeping and camping on streets and sidewalks in more than a quarter of the city. The plan, which could be taken up by the City Council as early as Wednesday, would add to existing rules that put about 15 percent of Los Angeles – mainly its city parks - off-limits at night.
- For the Trump Administration officials and city officials in California to have productive, results-oriented meetings on the issue of homelessness.
About the mentally ill, addicts, long-term unemployed, and others just down on their luck that constitute the homeless populations.