06/27/2019

L.A. Is Swamped With 311 Complaints Over Homeless Camps. But Are The Cleanups Pointless?

Austin Yi said he couldn’t take it anymore. Noise from the tents along Shatto Place rose to his third-floor Koreatown apartment at night: yelling, screaming, the clanging of tools as people repaired bikes.

When he couldn’t drown out the racket with white noise, the 27-year-old and his wife would drag blankets into the hallway to sleep on the floor. Yi regularly lodged complaints through the city’s 311 system.

“At first I had so much sympathy,” he said, recounting the times he had handed over money or offered to buy food. “Now it changed me. … I wish they would just go away.”
Around the corner from Yi, Fernando Alvarado lamented the items he lost to city sweeps of homeless encampments: His shoes. His identification card. A blanket to ward off the night chill.

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