Budget doubled for Skid Row

05/13/2014 1:25 pm1 commentViews: 39

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The Los Angeles City Council today more than doubled
the budget for improving sanitary conditions on Skid Row.
Expanding the funding from $1.5 million to $3.7 million will enable
authorities to bring in more trash cans, extend the hours of public toilets and
showers and assign two health inspectors full time to the area.
The increased funding is still be a “drop in the bucket” in the city’s
efforts to clean up Skid Row, according to City Councilman Jose Huizar, whose
council district includes the area.
Los Angeles has one of the largest homeless populations in the country,
Huizar said.
About 3,400 homeless people live on Skid Row, which covers 52 square

Skid row Los Angeles Photo by Gary McCarthy

Skid Row Los Angeles
Photo by Gary McCarthy

blocks. The area “represents the most concentrated area of homeless” in Los
Angeles County, City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana wrote in a report to
City Council.
Unsanitary conditions there include “human and animal feces, urine,
hypodermic needles, rodent infestation, razor blades, drug paraphernalia,
garbage, trash, debris and furniture,” Santana wrote in his report.
In an effort to clean up the area, officials launched Operation Healthy
Streets in 2012, which “did a lot of help clean up a very disgraceful place,”
Huizar said.
The program was developed partly in response to a lawsuit that alleged
the city illegally threw away personal items belonging to people living on Skid
Row.
The City Council’s vote today included approval of Santana’s
recommendation to do an “additional” comprehensive cleaning from May 1 until
June 30.

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