Los Angeles has become the first city in the nation to declare homelessness a public emergency.
On Tuesday, the mayor and city council proposed spending at least $100 million over the next year to aid the city's estimated 26,000 homeless. (Video via Los Angeles Times)
Mayor Eric Garcetti said at a press conference, "This city has pushed this problem from neighborhood to neighborhood for too long, from bureaucracy to bureaucracy.”
"I think today is the beginning of a mindset shift," the city council president said in a press conference.
Since Mayor Garcetti took office in 2013, the city's homeless population has grown by 12 percent.
But the Los Angeles Times notes few details have been given on how the $100 million will be raised — or spent, for that matter.
"Well, what you really need is a place to store your stuff, a place to go to that's safe at night, and sometimes it's not just a shelter," a homeless man told KABC.
A city report released in April found more than $100 million is already spent each year on issues related to homelessness. Yet roughly 85 percent of that goes to arrests and police patrols.
KABC reports some of the new $100 million for permanent solutions could come from the current funding of police services.
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