How bad is the homeless situation in LA County? The government is willing to pay people to put "homeless units" in their backyards

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According to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, in 2017 there were 57,794 people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles County. That was a 23% increase compared with the 2016 homeless count (46,874 homeless in 2016).
Local government agencies are trying to address the situation from several angles: placing social workers on subways(outreach to homeless riders), taxpayer money from two ballot measures(which still leaves an estimated $73-million annual shortfall in funding for the county’s comprehensive homelessness program), motel conversion and steamlining the approval process for homeless projects, among other things.
Now the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is considering paying property owners to put “units” for homeless people in their backyards. Seriously.
Gale Holland reports for the LA Times: “The county Board of Supervisors approved a $550,000 pilot program to build a handful of small backyard houses, or upgrade illegally converted garages, for homeowners who agree to host a homeless person or family. Then in February, Bloomberg Philanthropies awarded L.A. a $100,000 Mayor’s Challenge grant to study the feasibility of backyard homeless units within the city limits.
Rents under the county’s pilot program would be covered by low-income vouchers, with tenants contributing 30% of their incomes. The county is also sponsoring a design competition, streamlining permits and providing technical aid and financing options.”
Read the whole LA Times article here.
The appeal of backyard units is that they don’t “compromise the character” of neighborhoods, per the mayor’s office. The units would have plumbing and cooking facilities.
Apparently homeowners would be incentivized through tax payer dollars and feel like they are offering solutions to the homeless problem. “We were overwhelmed with the interest,” said Larry Newman, manager in the Economic and Housing Development Division of the county’s Community Development Commission.
I can only assume that any homeowner who does this will face an increase in their insurance premiums: Your liability coverage would need to increase if you participated in this program.
Also, I have a few other questions:

  • Who will pay for the background check of the homeowner’s new tenant(s)?
  • Will the homeowner be allowed to write off their “rental” expenses on their tax returns?
  • Will the increase in one’s home value (additional square footage/livable area by a new unit on the property) increase their property taxes?
  • Will the homeowner be personally responsible for any purposefully-inflicted injury that a homeless “tenant” may commit while on their property?
  • How many people on the county Board of Supervisors are going to put homeless units in their backyards?


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Reblogged this on On the Patio and commented:
California is so twisted. Now they want ordinary citizens to “host” homeless families. But the hovel has to have plumbing and cooking facilities. Who’s going to want to go to that expense for a tax break? How about this. Convert a vacant office building int a mass shelter where it could be managed by “the city”. Already in place and has all the facilities. Just thinking out of my backyard.


Talk about insanity, this takes the cake. Start with Jerry Brown and the rest of official nuts with units in their yards! I will bet that you would never be able to evict them if they were a serious problem.

Brian Heinz

We all know that state is going bankrupt so another way to vet the problem and fool people into thinking this is a fix. Who is going to call their insurance company and add it to the policy? the tax break will not off set that for sure. So how many people have signed up for this. They need to read the fine print never trust the government to be up front especially in that state.


Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
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Yes, once you commit to a new type of dog in your backyard – you are going to have a hard time ridding yourself of the government edict.
How do you know who this person is?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu

I would just imagine that NO ONE on the Board of Supervisors is going to actually put even one homeless person in their backyard! There is a reason in many, many of the instances where people are homeless . . . alcohol, drug addiction. Many of these individuals turn to thievery to support their habits. So the do-gooder home owner will be a prime target if he/she is unfortunate enough to take in someone with these proclivities. It amazes me how truly stupid the people in CA are. Can you just imagine the ire of neighbors around those who choose… Read more »


Can’t they stay with George Clooney?


Gee. Maybe they could build a wall to keep the homeless out. Ha-Ha-Ha
@Auntie Lulu
“I should imagine that these kinds of installations for homeless will also erode the value of homes in the neighborhood” – This comes under the heading ‘Our plan to create low cost housing’.
If you pay people to be poor you end up with a lot of poor people.


Actually, one idea came to me months ago. A long time friend ,a nice lady , came to live with us for a short time. She fell in the driveway and broke her ankle and after healing went to a seniors home. Luckily I obtained a full release from her upon moving in. However she had a son who had Asbergers, a form of autism. He lived for 10 years in a motor home he bought. He was able to work at a regular job. However over time he was not able to do the usual up keepup on the… Read more »


Ya know-I was just waitin’ for a good excuse to move to Mexifornia,and they basically drop THIS one right in my lap! (sarc)


I wonder just how, exactly, they’ll be able to ensure that only said “homeless person or family” will occupy the dwelling? Homeless people seem to be a social bunch; where there’s one, soon there will be many more. And what happens when the little “homeless house” becomes a drug den? Will the state take the property under civil asset forfeiture laws? (Short answer: YES.)
This is one of the most stupid ideas EVER. I want to know why homelessness has gone up over 25% this past year??


Well, I guess it’s one way to deal with the astronomical property values out there.
-That was sarcasm, btw.


Dang. I have 2- 12×14 barns, with lofts…in my 1/2 acre backyard (windows, skylights, flower boxes, solar exhaust fans and lighting ). I adjoin /am near LA County. Do you think I could eventully make enough money from the state guberment to pay off my mortgage if I rent these out to the homeless via state compensation? Very intriguging possibility. I feel like I should stop financing Jerry Brown’s California with my copious taxes, and start to benefit from what I can supply that would rake in some bucks for ME on the rebound.


What a great plan to increase break-ins, theft and murder in California.


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