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Garcetti Touts Accomplishments, Lays out Homeless Plan During State of the City

The mayor announced a big push to tackle L.A.'s growing homelessness problem.


LOS ANGLES (KNX1070) - Mayor Eric Garcetti announced a big push to tackle L.A.'s growing homelessness problem in his State of the City speech Monday.

Garcetti revealed his budget plan for the coming fiscal year that includes close to $430 million to deal with the crisis, with much of the money coming from a homeless housing bond measure.

He laid out his plan to create a $20 million fund to set up temporary emergency shelters, such as tents or trailers - around the city.

The Mayor also touted accomplishments such as job creation to bringing the Olympics back. He painted the city as strong, thriving and stable. 

Garcetti's deputy chief of staff, Matt Szabo, says the goal is to replace some of the city's many homeless encampments with shelters by January with the county providing servcies at the sites.

They hope to get at least one shelter in every district.

But the decision will be left up to individual council members.

As an incentive, Garcetti will seek to boost funding for clean-up crews and target them for neighborhoods that take new shelters.

Szabo says after a period of "intensive outreach" - encampments will be cleared and re-encampment will not be allowed.