The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday declared a state of emergency on homelessness, calling for $100 million to help address the growing crisis.

Los Angeles has one of the largest unsheltered populations in the country, and more than an estimated 25,000 homeless residents. Some of those men and women live on the city’s infamous Skid Row, a makeshift camp on public sidewalks that stretches for blocks

The move, which was reported in a statement from the office of Mayor Eric Garcetti, was announced the same day the mayor unveiled his plans for moving people off the streets.

“We all understand the urgency that this situation requires, and what is at stake,” Garcetti said. “I applaud the Los Angeles City Council for their action in earmarking a necessary initial investment that helps launch my comprehensive plan to tackle homelessness.”


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