Los Angeles Transients Build House Between River and 110 Freeway

Los Angeles Transients Build House Between River and 110 Freeway

Men walk past a homeless encampment in Los Angeles on March 4, 2024. (John Fredricks/The Epoch Times)

Jill McLaughlin

Jill McLaughlin

4/17/2024

Updated: 4/17/2024

While many of the homeless in Los Angeles live in tents, recreational vehicles, or other makeshift shelters, one group has constructed a house with a stone wall and walkway.
The house was built in an encampment between the 110 Freeway and the Arroyo Seco, surrounded by tents, tarps and other scrapped materials. The home is equipped with electric-powered lighting and has a hammock for relaxing, according to KTLA 5 News.
One neighbor said the structure was impressive.
“I was just admiring the work that they’ve done,” Mike Ancheta told the news station.
But Mr. Ancheta said the city needs to clear the encampment.
“This doesn’t belong here,” he said. “This is public property.”
The people who appeared to live in the house did not want to speak to the news station.
A request for information from Mayor Karen Bass was not returned by the time this article was published.
Although Ms. Bass has pushed to clear homeless encampments with the Inside Safe program, many remained visible Wednesday on the sidewalks and under bridges in the area.
The latest data showed 46,260 homeless people in the city of Los Angeles in 2023—a 10 percent increase from 2022, according to the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. There were 75,518 in the county, 9 percent more than the year before.
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Jill McLaughlin

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Jill McLaughlin is an award-winning journalist covering politics, environment, and statewide issues. She has been a reporter and editor for newspapers in Oregon, Nevada, and New Mexico. Jill was born in Yosemite National Park and enjoys the majestic outdoors, traveling, golfing, and hiking.

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