Everything you need to know about the Echo Park homeless encampment

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 04, 2021: Gene Ostrin, age 53, has been living in a tent on the edge of Echo Park while he mourns the loss of his partner who recently passes away. He is originally from Chicago. Echo Park has become a location where homeless people have taken up residence. Photograph taken on March 4, 2021. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Gene Ostrin, 53, has been living in a tent on the edge of Echo Park Lake. Ostrin, who is mourning the loss of his recently deceased partner, is originally from Chicago. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

A large homeless encampment on the banks of the landmark Echo Park Lake has emerged as a flashpoint in Los Angeles’ crisis of how to treat the unhoused.

Over the last year, the

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Echo Park homeless encampment: What you need to know

A large homeless encampment on the banks of the landmark Echo Park Lake has emerged as a flashpoint in Los Angeles’ crisis of how to treat the unhoused.

Over the last year, the encampment has evolved into a commune-like society with a shared pantry, a garden, a veneer of self-policing and a tenuous grasp on basic sanitation. It has divided the Echo Park community and became a case study of

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Echo Park encampment a battleground in L.A. homeless crisis

It began with a few tents pitched on the grassy rise on the banks of an L.A. landmark, Echo Park Lake.

Then, last year, more homeless people set up camp. By latest count, 174 tents or makeshift structures were bunched at the north end of the lake and spread along its western shore.

Cupped by an intimate valley of historic homes that opens to a view of the downtown skyline,

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After 7 months without a COVID-19 case, Ann Arbor homeless shelter bracing for what’s next

ANN ARBOR, MI — The Delonis Center homeless shelter in downtown Ann Arbor hasn’t had a COVID-19 case since March when two guests tested positive.

While shelters elsewhere have had outbreaks and Washtenaw County has seen several thousand coronavirus infections, the Delonis Center’s seven-month streak is sort of shocking, said Dan Kelly, executive director of the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County, the nonprofit that runs the shelter.

He’s proud of

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Lawsuit filed over displacement of homeless from Minneapolis parks

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court District of Minnesota on behalf of seven individuals and others like them who were evicted from their homes in city parks over the past few months. The lawsuit names Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson, Mayor Jacob Frey, Superintendent of the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Al Bangoura and Park Police Chief Jason

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COVID Long Island: Parents, children protest plan to turn Jericho hotel into homeless shelter

JERICHO, Long Island (WABC) — Hundreds of local parents and children from the Jericho School District held rally Tuesday morning to speak out against a hotel being converted into a homeless shelter in the local community.

The event was held outside of Oyster Bay Town Hall, where those in attendance discussed what they call unsafe conditions for the children and families in the neighborhood.

The group, called Concerned Jericho Parents,

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Prince William Visits Homeless Support Facility to Learn About Their Efforts During COVID-19

Prince William spent time at a drop-in homeless support facility this week to learn about the organization’s efforts to support vulnerable people amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

On Thursday, the Duke of Cambridge visited the Garden House in Petersborough, where he spoke to both clients and representations of various service organizations about how the pandemic has taken a toll on the homeless community.

The royal, 38, heard from members

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L.A. falls far short of COVID-19 promise to house 15,000 homeless people in hotels

Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. <span class="copyright">(Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)</span>
Wendy Brown enters her room at the Cadillac Hotel in Venice on June 1 as part of Project Roomkey. (Genaro Molina/Los Angeles Times)

An ambitious Los Angeles County plan to lease hotel and motel rooms for 15,000 medically vulnerable homeless people is falling far short of its goal and may never provide rooms for more than a third of the intended population.

Project Roomkey has given safe haven to thousands

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