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Permanent Homes Coming For Unhoused People Living By LA River

A wide view of the L.A. River bridge and the banks underneath it. A man walks in the wet area in the distance.
A unhoused man walks along the concrete banks of the Los Angeles River.
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More than 60 people living along the Los Angeles River will be given permanent housing.

On her Twitter account, Councilmember Nithya Raman said she’s receiving $1.7 million from the state government “to support the project from start to finish.”

The money comes from a $50 million fund set aside to specifically address encampments, but the resources will cover a lengthy swath of the river, rather than a single area.

“We applied for a long stretch of the L.A. River … a coherent geography with many people who have lived around its banks for years,” Raman said.

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Raman is the only official in the city of L.A. to receive a portion of the state funds. The money is being dispersed across more than a dozen cities and counties in California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom has earmarked a $14 billion package to reduce homelessness. The state is aiming to create 55,000 new housing units and treatment slots with the funds in the coming years.

The River Project, as Raman has called it, will help “get a lot of people – some of whom have barely been reached by our existing system – off the street for good.”

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