Los Angeles City Council set to vote on temporary trailer housing for homeless

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In Los Angeles, a city council committee is set to vote on two proposals Tuesday aimed at speeding up new housing for the homeless. (KABC)

In Los Angeles, a city council committee is set to vote on two proposals Tuesday aimed at speeding up new housing for the homeless.

Leaders are looking at emergency housing in trailers installed in parking lots, proposed by Councilman Jose Huizar.

The site would consist of three trailers for beds, one trailer to house administrative workers and case management services, and one hygiene trailer with restrooms, showers and laundry facilities.

Huizar said the hope is that the people who stay there could be transitioned into permanent housing within six months through the on-site services they would receive.

"They are there, and the theory behind this is to see if we can get those individuals there in one center as opposed to being scattered out so that within six months, within a year we see less encampments, less people obstructing the public right of way. That's the idea," Huizar said

But critics say those options could lead to a saturation of the projects in some areas, or impact the property values of nearby homeowners.

L.A. saw a 20 percent spike in the number of homeless in 2017, to more than 34,000 people.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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