Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti introduced a new citywide program this week that will install “bins” across sections of LA so the region’s homeless can store their personal belongings.
“Thanks to the support of our City Council, we are doubling storage for Skid Row residents who need a safe place to store their belongings. The new Bin site will be filled with community spaces and resources to support nearly every Angeleno experiencing homelessness in Skid Row,” posted Garcetti on social media.
Thanks to the support of our City Council, we are doubling storage for Skid Row residents who need a safe place to store their belongings.
The new Bin site will be filled with community spaces and resources to support nearly every Angeleno experiencing homelessness in Skid Row. pic.twitter.com/UPoiZyp8gM
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) December 11, 2019
A “sobering” new report on the state of Los Angeles’ homeless crisis is raising serious new concerns over safety and security in the nation’s second largest city; showing a 33% increase in the transient population’s death rate.
“The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in a report released Tuesday that between 2013 and 2018 the number of homeless deaths doubled from 536 to 1,047. The overall death rate, which accounts for increases in the total homeless population in the area, was up by over a third in that same period,” reports Fox News.
“Drug and alcohol overdose was the largest contributor to the overall increase in the homeless death rate, accounting for 27 percent of the deaths between 2016 and 2018. The overdose death rate for homeless individuals was 26 times higher than among the general population,” adds Fox.
“This report is tragic, and reflects a true state of emergency on the streets of our community,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, one of the co-authors of the motion. “It is unconscionable and inhumane for society to continue to turn a blind eye to this plight.”