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A matter of life and death

LA Metro directors ordered a new, comprehensive action plan to address the more than 800 unhoused individuals who use trains and buses as mobile shelters and sleep in the corners of stations and depots, according to a motion approved on Thursday, Oct. 26

A person experiencing homelessness rides the A line LA Metro train Monday, July 24, 2023. The LA Metro Board of Directors passed a homeless action plan to address the problem of the unhoused who ride the trains, buses and sleep in stations and depots on Oct. 26, 2023. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

We have had 50 deaths on Metro in the first six months. The majority were overdoses and many of those were unhoused, Bass

Led by Los Angeles Mayor and board chair Karen Bass, the unanimous motion directs CEO Stephanie Wiggins to create a plan to solve homelessness on the vast Metro system by strengthening partnerships with county agencies, especially with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA).

The plan will include:

• Increasing services, especially during late night and early morning hours

• An emergency housing protocol set up with LAHSA

• Requiring a report on progress at least every quarter


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