Report Says City Agency Failed To Do its Job with Homeless in Echo Park


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An after-action report from the LAPD says the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority known as LAHSA should have been instrumental in helping remove homeless people from more than 200 tents that had accumulated over an 18-month period, instead City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell was forced to hire an outside agency to do the job.

The report was requested by the LA City Council and Police Commission after complaints were filed about police procedures, including use of force.

The 100-page summary also applauded the non-profit Urban Alchemy for its effective handling of the encampment. LA City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell’s office said it was forced to hire Urban Alchemy at the cost of $350,000 to help place people into housing. And the report noted the non-profit placed more people into some form of housing in 3 months than LAHSA did in an entire year.

The report also outlines the costs associated with the clean up efforts and security leading up to, and following, the mass eviction March 24th.

Read the full report here:

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