Since the pandemic began, hundreds of new homeless encampments have been popping up — on the sands of Venice Beach, on medians along LA’s boulevards, and on the edges of golf courses.
This is all happening despite promises from LA Mayor Eric Garcetti and from county officials back in April to get a lot of people off the streets and into housing to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Since the pandemic began, the number of tents has grown and also the size of encampments.
The city of LA stopped enforcing several laws during the pandemic. The city attorney confirms to NBC LA that officials are not enforcing the municipal ordinance that forbids the homeless from having “bulky items” at their tents that could prevent people from passing on the sidewalks. Across LA, it’s a common site now to see sofas, refrigerators, and other large furniture outside tents.