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As California struggles to house the homeless, some neighbors say ‘welcome’

October 13, 2018

By David Gorn : calmatters – excerpt

On a bright recent morning, Van Thomas was holding forth from his front porch in Central Los Angeles, alongside his mixed-breed dog, Princess.

“I’ve been a part of this neighborhood for 45 years,” he said. “I grew up playing ball across the street.”

Thomas has seen a world of change sweep through the area over the years, the latest occurring in a small, century-old complex of buildings right next door. A health-care center is opening there for as many as 62 people newly released from the hospital, all of them homeless, many of them struggling to recover from drug addiction.

And Thomas says he’s happy about it.

“This facility has been everything from a boys’ home to, well, you don’t want to know,” he says with a smile, then cocks his thumb toward the property. “I’ve seen a lot of positive things from this project, though….I give the thumbs-up on this program. I’m looking forward to it.”… (more)


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