Homelessness rises in downtown L.A.
By Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton
April 4, 2007
Two weeks ago, downtown boosters and the LAPD were celebrating a milestone: The population of homeless people sleeping on downtown's streets had dropped to just 700 — compared to more than 1,800 just six months earlier... The census showed the first major increase in months in homeless people camping, to 921.
"It is because winter shelters closed March 15. They are some 2,000 fewer beds. Now, this isn't rocket science," said Carol Sobel, an attorney for homeless plaintiffs. "The people aren't just evaporating. They just go somewhere else and then come back."
Ramona Ripston, executive director of the ACLU of Southern California, said she was "very surprised to hear the population is up in skid row overnight."
OK - 2,000 cold weather beds are no longer open for the homeless at night - and now there are... 221 more homeless sleeping on the streets of Skid Row. And homeless 'expert' Ramona Ripston is... shocked... shocked... to discover this increase of the homeless sleeping on Skid Row