Published On: Fri, Jul 30th, 2021

Initiative To Clear Venice Encampment Brings 191 People Indoors

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LOS ANGELES, Calif.—On the last official day of the Encampment to Home initiative to offer a pathway to permanent housing to people living along the Venice Boardwalk, Councilman Mike Bonin and Mayor Eric Garcetti said July 30 that 191 people have been brought indoors. “A metric that people are judging this by is how the boardwalk looks, and that’s a reasonable one, but the metric that really matters is how many people have been brought indoors and how many lives are being transformed for the better,” Bonin said. “It has demonstrated that when offered real housing, people jump to say yes, people want to be housed.” Bonin’s Encampment to Home program began on June 28, and at the time, his office estimated that about 200 people were living on the boardwalk, where a large encampment had developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program promised all encampment residents who accept shelter …

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