But homeless people and their advocates have urged the city not to haul off things they need for survival. When the new system was launched in October, outreach workers from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority started regularly embedding with sanitation teams during cleanups. Outreach workers would “be the first point of contact” with homeless people. Graham argued that low rate was a sign that city workers were building ties with homeless people that reduced the need for police intervention. Despite the complaints, sanitation officials said the CARE program had doubled the number of cleanups performed monthly in Los Angeles.
Source: Los Angeles Times January 22, 2020 03:11 UTC