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LA Controller Addresses Venice Council on City’s Homeless Problem

Supportive housing for the growing homeless population of Los Angeles is not being built fast enough to keep up with demand, despite ballot measures passed to address the problem, the city controller says. “Unfortunately what we’ve seen is, I think, a combination of neglect, a lack of focus, a lack of leadership, a lack of accountability, deficient priorities, siloed government, fractured government, and a lot of good intentions that have gone bad,” L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin said at a Venice Beach Neighborhood Council on Feb. 18. Venice Beach, along with downtown’s Skid Row and the San Fernando Valley’s Woodland Hills, is among the hardest-hit areas in the county. “Nobody expected these units would be built in one day, but as of this month, only 489 of the bond-funded units are ready for occupancy,” Galperin said. Galperin had released an Action Plan in September 2020 that addressed shortcomings in the …

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