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How A Venice Neighborhood Group Convinced LA To Clear A Homeless Encampment

Unhoused folks make their homes in makeshift structures along Penmar golf course in Venice. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
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When the pandemic hit, the dirt jogging path along Penmar Golf Course in Venice turned into a bustling community of 100 people living in tents and makeshift shelters, working together to survive.

But to their neighbors living in homes across the street, the encampment looked like a "war zone.”

For months, they complained about filth, noise and crime. They tried everything to get the encampment cleared away and the people living there into shelter.

Nothing worked, until a fire broke out and spurred action by local officials.

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