Kevin Bae

Non-Social in a Socially Networked World

LA really takes care of its homeless

Ahhh you gotta love California. They really roll out the red carpet for the homeless. I think all the nation’s homeless should go there for the amenities.

On a recent afternoon, the site was nearly full. A row of port-a-potties stood along one side of the camp. The program also provides showers, three meals a day and 24-hour security. Campers get entered into the county’s database for matching unhoused people with social services and housing resources.


The cost of all this forced charity is only causing some people to be concerned. You’d think this massive waste of taxpayer dollars would create a revolt.

According to a report by the city administrative officer, the new East Hollywood campground costs approximately $2,663 per participant per month. That’s higher than what a typical one-bedroom apartment rents for in the city, according to the website RentCafe. While the per-tent cost covers services, meals, sanitation and staffing, some are concerned that the city is investing too much in short-term Band-Aids over long-term solutions.


They should just start building favelas.

Still, the program isn’t meant to last. Technically a pilot program, it’s scheduled to wind down by the end of the year. That’s when the parking lot is scheduled to become a construction site for a new affordable housing project.

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