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L.A. Wants 15,000 Homes For The Homeless ASAP

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A small homeless encampment near City Hall in downtown Los Angeles, March 24. (Chava Sanchez/ LAist)
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California's Project Roomkey has sheltered thousands of people experiencing homelessness in hotels across the state, protecting them during the pandemic.

L.A. County had a goal of moving 15,000 of the oldest and most medically vulnerable people into hotel rooms, but so far only 3,700 have been housed, mostly due to a lack of resources to manage such a large task.

So, as Project Roomkey begins to wind down, L.A. County officials are hoping to finish what they started. They have an ambitious $800 million plan to not only house the original 3,700, but all 15,000 unhoused vulnerable residents.

How will they do it? It's pretty straightforward: lease thousands of apartments and offer rental subsidies.

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