Closure of Echo Park Lake meant unhoused residents there had to leave. Where are they now?

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March 25, 2021: A photo taken with a drone shows tents pitched by Echo Park Lake, as police prepared for the removal of homeless encampments during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Los Angeles, California, U.S. Photo by David Swanson/Reuters.

The City of LA fenced off Echo Park Lake more than a week ago, forcing roughly 200 unhoused people living there to leave. For several days, activists protested the city’s move to clear out the park, and even faced off against police.

City and county officials offered to move the lake’s residents to shelters or hotel rooms through Project Roomkey, a program meant to house people during the pandemic. But some people chose to stay elsewhere on the streets instead. KCRW talks to three people who were displaced from the lake.