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LA Mayor, Karen Bass, pleads for wealthy to help buy housing for the homeless

In her State of the State address on Monday, Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass implored “the luckiest people” to help fund housing for the homeless as part of a new strategy to tackle the crisis.

“We’re not going to hide people, but what we’re going to do is house people,” Democratic leaders touted at the outset. her statement About the city’s fight to house more than 40,000 homeless people. “The crisis on our streets is nothing short of a disaster.”

Bass touted the success of his signature Inside Safe program, which has moved more than 21,000 homeless people into temporary shelters, according to the Associated Press.

She claimed that this “strategy” and “system” of moving the homeless into temporary housing would ultimately end Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis.

Recognizing that this initiative will be costly, Bass called on wealthy people to help “accelerate” housing purchases for the homeless.

“Currently, we are working to eliminate night rentals,” she continued. “We will use individuals, the private sector, and philanthropic funds to join this effort to help the most fortunate Angelenos acquire more real estate, lower capital costs, and accelerate housing.” I request you to do so.”

“This is the mission of our new capital campaign LA4LA.”

Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass will deliver the State of the Union Address on April 15, 2024. AP

The homelessness crisis affects everyone in the city, drives away businesses and customers, wastes taxpayers’ city resources and creates safety hazards, Bass said.

“I will never accept this and our city cannot afford it,” she argued.

The new program relies on the “humanity and generosity of the private sector,” Democrats added. “LA4LA could be a game-changer for Los Angeles, an unprecedented partnership to fight this emergency, and an example of how we can disrupt the status quo and build new systems that save lives.”

The homelessness crisis affects everyone in the city, drives away businesses and customers, wastes taxpayers’ city resources and creates safety hazards, Bass said. AFP (via Getty Images)
Bass touted the success of her signature Inside Safe program, which has moved more than 21,000 homeless people into temporary shelters. Getty Images

Billions of dollars are being spent in the region to combat homelessness, and a variety of new programs have been introduced.

But the mayor said the number of homeless people could continue to rise due to evictions and the end of COVID-19 aid for low-income households.

More than 75,500 people will be considered homeless in 2023, a 9% increase countywide, according to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), the city’s central home for homeless services.

Approximately 46,200 people are considered homeless in the city, an increase of 10% from the previous year.

Billions of dollars are being spent in the region to combat homelessness, and a variety of new programs have been introduced. Los Angeles Times (via Getty Images)

Fox News Digital claims that a coalition of Los Angeles city leaders and residents is not honoring a 2020 settlement agreement that promised to build thousands of shelters and clear out homeless encampments. It is reported that a lawsuit has been filed against the

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council agreed to pay an outside firm $2.2 million to audit its anti-homelessness program at the request of a federal judge.

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