LA opens its first government-run homeless encampment

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This parking lot on Madison Avenue, off Beverly Boulevard, has been turned into a government-sanctioned homeless encampment that can accommodate about 120 people at a time in 12-foot by 12-foot spots. Photo courtesy of Urban Alchemy

In East Hollywood, a parking lot has been turned into LA’s first government-run homeless encampment. It offers 24-hour security and free meals for the 100 or so people who are expected to move there temporarily. But some advocates worry that officials are investing too much in short-term band-aids over permanent housing.