Angels disagree on how money is spent to combat homelessness, according to LA Times

Frustration and disagreement on how the homeless crisis is managed in LA

The Skid Row area is a clear example of the homeless crisis.

Aurelia Ventura / Opinion / ImpreMedia

So far the Angels have shown their human side in recent years and have approved a series of measures that raise money for the city and county government to minimize the crisis of people living on the street, which seems to have exploded in the last decade.

However, the opening of several shelters in the city and programs to help the homeless throughout the county, the problem of homelessness seems to increase.

That is why the Angels contacted by the Los Angeles Times in a survey asking their opinion about the work of the authorities on the homeless crisis, taxpayers said they were frustrated and impatient.

His biggest reason for anger is revealed in the way in which the authorities have spent all the money that has been approved to minimize the problem, even, some respondents equated the homeless crisis at levels of a natural disaster, after several years and several millions invested, but still without apparent effectiveness.

In the research work carried out by the Angelino newspaper, in English, people were asked what should be done without considering the money that has been spent. In general, residents mentioned several of the measures taken by the authorities.

Three quarters of the respondents said they would support a law of the ‘right to a shelter’, very similar to a law implemented in New York City. In addition, 60% of respondents or more said they would support large housing developments, parking spaces, public toilets and showers, rental assistance to prevent evictions and expansion in health and mental treatments.

However, despite the expressed support for the problem of people living on the street, when giving their opinion about the support for more legal measures to raise more funds, 66% of those interviewed said that they considered that they had already passed enough measures such as the HHH (bond) proposal at the city level in 2016 and the H measure, an increase to the county-level tax approved in 2017.

The problem, they emphasized, is that the money has not been spent effectively.

Despite the refusal of the people, respondents agreed that the city and county measures should be renewed when the time comes, and only 25% agreed to expand the current programs.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he understood the criticisms, but emphasized that it was all a matter of time since the real changes will be seen next year when hundreds of housing units are inaugurated.

The survey was conducted by the LATimes newspaper and the Los Angeles Business Council Institute. There were 901 registered voters to vote at the county level.

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