Residents of an upscale area of Los Angeles have been complaining about the spread of a homeless camp in the past few days on the Beverly Hills border, where one of the tent residents said that the police ordered them to move there.
Tents and people arrived on San Vicente Avenue in Beverly Grove, and set up camp to anger the locals.
They fight at all hours of the day. They are doing drugs. They sell drugs. A Beverly Grove resident said: Talk to KTLA.
“We pay so much in property tax and so much income tax, it’s not fair that we live like this.”
However, James Boss, who has been homeless for more than a decade, tells the network that he and others have been asked to move there.
He said, “They told us to come here.” The (sheriff’s department) and police department told us to come this way because they would show us housing.
James Buss, who is homeless, told KTLA that he had been asked to move to the area by the LAPD.
A homeless camp has sprung up in the Beverly Grove area of Los Angeles (pictured last week)
Those living in the makeshift camp say that if they tried to set up shelters across the road, in Beverly Hills, they would be relocated
LAPD did not comment when asked if they had asked homeless residents to move to that spot.
Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass has launched a program, Inside Safe, that aims to clear out homeless camps. It is designed to move the currently homeless into permanent housing.
The most recent Los Angeles Homeless Services survey found that nearly 69,000 people experience homelessness in Los Angeles County, and 41,000 in the city in 2022.
About half of the city’s homeless population suffers from drug or alcohol addiction, and about a third suffer from serious mental illness. Homeless deaths average five per day.
A woman who owns a beauty salon nearby said her clients were intimidated by the scene.
“I have nice clients, but now my clients are at the point where they don’t feel comfortable,” she said. Eyewitness news.
One of the photos, taken on Tuesday, shows a naked woman lying on a couch in the camp.
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In the middle of the intersection in Beverly Grove, near Beverly Hills, tents and tarpaulins are set up by some of Los Angeles’ homeless residents.
A homeless person is seen napping on a patch of grass in a park on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard. And Crescent d.
“I saw the couch outside one day and I thought, ‘Oh my God,’” she said.
The next day, I came back and saw that she was completely on the couch, completely naked. She was crying.
“I felt bad for her, you know?” I wanted to give her something to cover up with, but I felt like if I did the little things, I’d get everyone to come over and ask for help.
Some locals point out that while Beverly Hills has strict rules against camping, Los Angeles has been more relaxed about tents.
The chief, the homeless man, said if he tried to pitch his tent across the road in Beverly Hills, the police would have taken him away immediately.
“There is nothing in Beverly Hills,” said business owner Mike Tirrani.
Tell Eyewitness news: “When you come to L.A., nobody can do anything and nobody cares.”
Dr. Kenneth Wright, who owns a medical practice in the building, said the LAPD told him they couldn’t do anything about the situation.
‘I spoke to the officer – he’s a wonderful man – he said, ‘Look, they told me from the sheriff’s office, they told me from my boss, to leave them here’.
Bass, who was elected in November after promising to take on the city’s spiraling homeless crisis, announced Monday that she would recommend spending what she described as a record $1.3 billion next year to get unhoused people into shelter and treatment programs.
Some wealthy Beverly Hills residents have told the City Council that they are considering moving out because they did not feel safe letting their children play outside.
A homeless man sits on a public bench in Beverly Grove near Beverly Hills on April 11, 2023.
Funding that will be included in the mayor’s next budget could be used in part to purchase hotels or motels that will be converted into housing, while the city combs through its inventory of real estate for those that could be used to house the homeless.
The congresswoman’s previous remarks, in an annual City Council address on the state of the city, came nearly four months into her first term.
Bass added that the budget would also include money for non-drug substance abuse treatment beds, but did not specify how many.
She added that Gov. Gavin Newsom has promised to deliver 500 temporary housing units to the city, while the Biden administration has sent the city and county more than $200 million for homeless programs.
“After years of frustration… we can see a clearer path to a new Los Angeles,” Bass said, speaking inside the ornate city halls.
We’ve finally dispelled the myth that people don’t want to get in. They do.’
However, Bass added that there is a lot more work to be done.
“I can’t declare that the state of our city is where it needs to be,” she said.
The city has expanded spending on homeless programs for years — then-mayor Eric Garcetti signed a budget in 2021 with nearly $1 billion in homeless spending — but the number of unhoused residents has continued to increase.
Bass’ challenge is evident in almost any neighborhood: homeless people living in garbage-strewn campgrounds or rusty RVs line the streets, down tunnels, and cluster around highway exits.
Bass, who is the first black woman mayor of Los Angeles and was on President Joe Biden’s vice presidential shortlist, defeated billionaire businessman Rick Caruso in the November election.
She has focused her campaign on getting the homeless off the streets and into shelters, reversing rising crime rates, and developing housing that working-class families can afford.