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Trump Administration Visits California To Get A Closer Look At Homelessness But Some Advocates Don’t Trust The Efforts




Trash lies beside the Skid Row City Limit mural as the city begins its annual homeless count in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2018.
Trash lies beside the Skid Row City Limit mural as the city begins its annual homeless count in Los Angeles, California on January 26, 2018.
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Members of the Trump administration visited Los Angeles earlier this week to tour areas of homelessness and meet with city officials to discuss the crisis.

According to the Washington Post, city leaders offered tours of the Jordan Downs housing project to federal members from Veterans Affairs, the Domestic Policy Council, the Justice Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and HUD. The team also met with the Rev. Andy Bales, who’s the CEO at Union Rescue Mission, a private Christian homeless shelter in L.A. Bales has voiced optimism regarding the meetings with federal officials, saying they seemed sincere in their efforts to help homelessness in the state.

But others are weary. Officials with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office have voiced skepticism, saying the Trump administration could help by reversing policies around food stamps and immigration. City Councilmember Mike Bonin, who represents the 11th district, took to Twitter saying the Trump administration is adding to the problem of homelessness. Larry sits down with advocates to discuss the potential for federal assistance and what it could mean for homelessness in California.  

Guests: 

Andy Bales, CEO at Union Rescue Mission, a private Christian homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles' Skid Row

Elise Buik, President and CEO of United Way of Greater Los Angeles

Peter Lynn, Executive Director of Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)