Los Angeles relaxes homeless housing shelter restrictions

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles has decided to allow emergency homeless shelters to stay open year-round instead of just during winter as the city copes with a soaring population living on the street.

The Los Angeles Daily News says the City Council voted Tuesday to relaxrestrictions for setting up emergency shelters.

The old rules said the city could declare a shelter crisis — which allows nonprofit groups to open emergency housing — only from November to March, only at night, and only for 120 days at a time.

The current shelter crisis period ends Friday.

The new changes allow the city to declare a 365-day crisis, permit day-time operations and add churches and other religious institutions to the list of groups that can set up the shelters.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/ http://www.latimes.com/     

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