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Of the 183 people removed from encampments in Echo Park Lake only 17 are in long-term housing, report says

KTTV (City News Service), March 23, 2022

March 23, 2022

Of the 183 people removed from encampments in Echo Park Lake only 17 are in long-term housing, report says

A coalition of faculty at USC, UCLA, UC Irvine and Occidental College came out against the clearing, writing a letter to Mayor Eric Garcetti in opposition in the days after the park was closed. The letter pointed out that most of the housing options were temporary and some were in congregate shelters amid a pandemic. They added that some Project Roomkey residents claim they live under strict curfews and prison-like conditions while living in the city-provided hotels, and they feel like they have to “trade their autonomy and dignity for a bed.”