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LA Is Working With Trump On A Homelessness Deal

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US President Donald Trump visiting Malibu on November 17, 2018 (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)
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Not too long ago, the president had tough words for Los Angeles over the homeless crisis. Now it would appear his administration is working out a deal to offer assistance.

Several L.A. elected officials, including County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Mayor Eric Garcetti, are in the process of brokering a deal. This week both publicly expressed their appreciation for conversations they had with Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson.

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Though few details are known, the plan may revolve around increased federal support to expand the region’s homeless services, potentially making federal land available for construction of shelters, according to Andy Bales, who heads the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row.

“They had a discussion yesterday [Wednesday] with Ben Carson, and I guess they've received an offer from the White House of federal assistance that asked the city and the county for a humble letter of request that that they need help,” Bales told KPCC’s AirTalk Thursday. “I believe that letter is going to be on its way from the Mayor of Los Angeles, [and] County supervisor Kathryn Barger and the county supervisors, requesting White House help.”

On Friday morning, the Los Angeles Times published a letter sent to President Trump and Secretary Carson by Mayor Garcetti. The letter is dated January 9, 2020:

“I appreciate the federal resources that Secretary Carson offered yesterday, including support for service and housing programs; potential federal land for housing and shelter development; and leveraged resources needed to address critical public health needs.”

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