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Respectful and Effective Strategies for Homelessness in Public Spaces

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Jordan Twardy

At a major intersection in our city, there is a persistent concentration of homeless persons and an increasingly large amount of their belongings and miscellaneous litter and debris. The intersection is shared by two cities, two counties, and the State Department of Transportation. This activity has created challenges in terms of not only addressing the issue of homelessness, but also the ancillary issues of sanitation and public safety.

We would like to find a way to support these folks while both (1) respecting their rights in public spaces and (2) mitigating the adverse effects of increased litter/debris and perceived safety issues for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists who traverse this intersection.

We would greatly appreciate insight from communities that have successfully addressed this issue from social justice, blight, and safety perspectives.


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Rebecca McCarthy

Hello Jordan,

Los Angeles County introduced their Homelessness Initiatives Strategies in February of 2016 which may have some information that could help you find more background about how other communities are handling the multi-city challenges and how they are supporting the homeless population. Best of luck with your research! Here is the link to the document:
http://priorities.la..

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