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A lawsuit to end homelessness?

Homelessness | A Los Angeles judge tries to hold the city accountable, but government alone cannot solve the problem
by Charissa Koh
Posted 3/03/21, 03:34 pm

U.S. District Judge David Carter, 76, sat at a folding table under a white tent in front of the Downtown Women’s Center on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. From there, he led the latest hearing in a lawsuit between business owners and the Los Angeles city and county governments over the homelessness crisis.

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To police or not to police?

Homelessness | In Los Angeles, “defunding the police” led to disbanding a unit specially designed to help with homelessness
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/25/21, 08:05 am

Arek Arzoumanian was nervous. As the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation environmental compliance inspector, he stood at a residential street corner in Van Nuys—the Los Angeles neighborhood with the densest population of homelessness in the San Fernando Valley—getting ready to clear out an illegal homeless encampment. Most of the individuals living there had already packed up after getting notice of the cleanup, but several tents remained.

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Vaccines on the streets

Homelessness | Health workers struggle with how to immunize the homeless
by Charissa Koh
Posted 2/24/21, 05:43 pm

The U.S. healthcare establishment’s plan for curbing the pandemic requires pushing the COVID-19 vaccine out to vulnerable populations as quickly as possible. Homeless people meet many states’ criteria for priority immunization but pose unique challenges for health workers who want to help them.

Some states specifically list the homeless in their vaccination plans, while others prioritize people of a certain age or with specific pre-existing conditions, which include many homeless people.

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