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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bzerob
2 years ago

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.

weezy
weezy
2 years ago

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.

Alma
Alma
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Dr. E. I’m sure the homeless appreciate your wonderful input -tent city with all the amenities included, just think how many homeless will vote for Clown Clooney or Lucifer Penn should they decide to run for the toilet seat!

Glenn47
Glenn47
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Clooney ran from his home on Lake Como because the homeless were getting a little too close for him. He said the US was a safer place. I don’t see Hollywood participating, they talk the talk of talking YOU into doing this, not them. They are such hypocrites.

Brian Heinz
2 years ago

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.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian Heinz

I can probably think of a hundred automatic problems this would create. I assure you, once someone does this, they’re on their own. In fact, I’ll wager if one of their “guests” causes trouble for a neighbor or business they’ll be liable. Once upon a time we lived in Humboldt County in Northern California. Humboldt Bay had a jetty where they allowed homeless to stay. After about a year it was a health and crime hazard. Despite the county putting port-a-potties all over the place, they preferred to just do their business any old place in the sand. The smell… Read more »

kommonsentsjane
2 years ago

Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:
Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.
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?
kommonsentsjane

Kell
Kell
2 years ago

Ma’am, when clicking on this link I’m taken to a 2017 page at your site, happens every time I try so…?

kommonsentsjane
2 years ago
Reply to  Kell

Kell: After you go to that site click on the April month on the right and it will take you to the latest blogs. Just Word Press’ way to block my site.

Kell
Kell
2 years ago

I did just that and then saved you in my blog roll…thanks! Don’t you just love all their “diversity and tolerance”?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago

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 »

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

I just thought of something else . . . since these “small dwellings” are to be fitted with “electricity for cooking, and be plumbed for bathrooms. There will be significant changes to these backyards. Things will have to be dug up in order to run the sanitary piping to the sewer, also torn up to install the piping for fresh water. Once you have committed to this kind of project, you will have a noose around your neck. There is some city in CA, that has laws on the books that if you have a rental dwelling that is vacant–if… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

There is also squatter’s right. Once you move the homeless into your backyard, they have “rights” and you’ll never be able to remove/evict them.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

Dr Eowyn . . . Wow! That is certainly a point well taken. Another thing that came to mind; should you decide to move, not every buyer wants a “homeless shelter” in their back yard. Home owners who choose to participate in this program may in fact be slitting their own throats. Also, at some point, the government may come up with the idea, “hey, these homeowner’s have a money making situation on their property, we need to raise the taxes on their property.” There are so many downsides to this, I am left wondering how many dopes will take… Read more »

Dave
Editor
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

That’s exactly what I was thinking.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

I think they should bus them all to Nancy Pelosi’s and Feinstein’s houses. They have plenty of room.

thelonelyauthorblog
2 years ago

Can’t they stay with George Clooney?

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
2 years ago

thelonelyauthorblog . . . . Now that is a very good idea. George, Amal, and the twins should really take to that idea, what with their Progressive leanings.

thelonelyauthorblog
2 years ago
Reply to  Auntie Lulu

And while he is at it, George can take in all those refugees he wanted Obama to bring over.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago

There’s another good idea. Why not? Let him put his money where his mouth is.

thelonelyauthorblog
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

Exactly

YouKnowWho
YouKnowWho
2 years ago

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.

Roy
Roy
2 years ago

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 »

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago

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)

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  truckjunkie

That could be a sort of “second career”. Just chase these commies all over the place embarrassing them. Set up encampments wherever they go. You could get a goat cart. Every time Nancy goes inside she could find goat pellets on her porch.

Recynd77
2 years ago

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??

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

Indeed. Maybe inviting too many Mexicans with no jobs for anyone could have something to do with it. So we pay these “thinkers” big money to say “hey, it’s your problem”?
It’s a dumb idea. Who gets to clean up the used needles and broken whiskey bottles? Instead of crickets you can listen to breaking glass and muttering.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

They’ll probably issue them ID cards that allow them to vote Democrat.

truckjunkie
truckjunkie
2 years ago
Reply to  lophatt

I’m pretty sure that’s a big part of their plan. I imagine some will show their “gratitude” by getting too high to vote…..

Lophatt
Lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Recynd77

Yeah. they’re like Travelers (gypsies). It works better in groups. One or two to distract, the rest to steal. I understand that Amazon has created a whole new class of semi-employed that roams America staying in camp sites or on the street as available. Basically they don’t pay enough to eat and keep a roof over their heads so they go from place to place and the residents get to fund food stamps, medical and whatever else they need. Pretty sweet for Amazon. I guess that’s how one becomes a billionaire.

Dave
Editor
2 years ago

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

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  DCG

So Piglet has a fall back?

CalGirl
2 years ago

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.

Recynd77
2 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

Hell, go for it, sister. That $$’s going somewhere; may as well be in your pocket.
(I’m so fed up today…I’m crunchier than I am salty, and that’s saying something.)

greenworxx
greenworxx
2 years ago

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

CalGirl
2 years ago
Reply to  greenworxx

Don’t know how much more we could do to entice break-ins, theft, murder, in California. Seems we are at maximum levels of enticement now ( lax laws/enforcement/no immigration enforcements/ no consequences for most things…no matter what) . I moved here in the1980’s into a THEN rurul/village area of Inland So. CA….I live on more than a half acre, as my neighbors, and those across the street live on an acre to five acres….. and, on the day we moved into our new home, there was a dead,bloated body at the end of our street awaiting identification, w/poiice tape around it.… Read more »

Dr. Eowyn
Admin
2 years ago
Reply to  CalGirl

“with no state taxes.on retiree pensions”
I’ve said this to you twice before, and I repeat once again: California will tax your pension — and any income that originates in California, e.g., bank interest — no matter where you are.

lophatt
lophatt
2 years ago
Reply to  Dr. Eowyn

I’ll second that. In fact, I guarantee it.

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