LA Puts a Price Tag on Homelessness: $100 Million a Year

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This week, for the first time ever, Los Angeles put a dollar amount on its homeless problem: $100 million. That’s what the city spends every year on the city’s 23,000 homeless people, according to a new report from City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana. He also found that the money doesn’t go where you might think. Most of it is spent on law enforcement, not housing, food, or social services. We get the details of the study and take a look at where we are in building new housing for the homeless.

Credits

Guests:
Gale Holland - Los Angeles Times - @geholland, Mollie Lowery - Housing Works - @housingworksca

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal