FOREST HILL (CBSLA) – The cleanup of homeless camps has caused confusion in some neighborhoods since the city passed anti-camping ordinance to clear underpasses and other public spaces.
A veteran and currently homeless, Jerry Taylor beats his drum to pass the time where he lives, under the 101 Freeway on Corbin Avenue in Woodland Hills.
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“It is a long story how I got into the valley, but I can’t get out. I’m stuck here, ”said Taylor.
A week ago this camp was much bigger, but last Friday city crews cleaned the sidewalks.
Neighbors in the city are said to have security concerns, worries about break-ins, assaults and other crimes. One woman said she was concerned about what her young son was seeing in the neighborhood.
“He doesn’t have to see people bare. He doesn’t have to see people openly using drugs, ”said a woman who was only identified when Chris said.
Some neighbors were surprised to see these tents rebuilt just a few days after they were cleaned up.
“They’re really important to be clear, safe, and passable,” said LA councilman Bob Blumenfield, who represents the western San Fernando Valley.
However, Blumenfield said the town couldn’t stop people from camping on sidewalks here, at least not yet.
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“To make a certain area closed to storage, you have to pass a separate resolution,” said Blumenfield.
While this part is in the works, the city council referred to temporary housing on offer in its district that was needed before the city could evacuate people on sidewalks and other public spaces.
“Unfortunately, we are dealing with addicts who need help with addiction. She won’t clean a home, ”said Chris.
Blumenfield agrees, saying that mental health and addiction treatment programs will come along with the transitional home.
Taylor knows that life here and 21 other places in western San Fernando Valley will likely soon be banned. He said he was waiting for his chance to be admitted to an apartment.
“It’s not that we want to be here,” said Taylor.
City Councilor Blumenfield says a vote is needed before camping can be officially banned in these areas, such as Corbin Avenue and other locations in his district due later this month.
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