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LA To Provide Beds To 6,000 Homeless People In 10 Months

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Homeless encampments on Skid Row, photographed on June 30, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (James Bernal for KPCC)
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The City and County of Los Angeles have finally agreed on a plan to shelter several thousand homeless people who live near freeways. It’s the latest in a lawsuit filed in March by plaintiffs who say local government has handled homelessness with negligence.

Per the agreement, the city of Los Angeles will shelter or permanently house 6,000 people within 10 months. It’s intended to “humanely relocate” those who are currently living under, on, or near freeways.

Progress towards that goal will be overseen by federal judges, including U.S. District Judge David Carter.

It took almost a month for the city and county to work out the details of that deal. The hanging point was over who will pay for the services -- like case management, counseling, and medical care -- in those 6,000 spaces.

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In the end, the county of L.A. agreed to provide the city of L.A. up to $60 million a year for those services. That works out to about $10,000 in services per bed per year.

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