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L.A. Program Encourages Homeowners to Shelter the Homeless

Phil Hall
Aug 18, 2017
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has announced more than $118 million in grants to support local homeless assistance programs

A pilot program has been introduced in Los Angeles County that will encourage homeowners to build a second dwelling on their properties that will provide housing house homeless people.
According to a Los Angeles Daily News report, the county’s board of supervisors approved the program this week in a 4-0 vote. The program is aimed at homeowners in unincorporated communities, and qualified participants can either receive up to $75,000 to build a second dwelling in appropriately zoned areas or receive $50,000 to update and legalize an existing dwelling. The county has allocated $550,000 to fund these subsidies.
The pilot program will operate on an 18-month timeline, and is designed to address the dramatic rise in the area’s homeless population, which numbers more than 55,000. The homeless population for the county rose 23 percent compared to last year.

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