Homeless outreach workers went to the streets of downtown Los Angeles last month and delivered what is now a seasoned sales pitch: Give up your spot on the sidewalk, and try living in a nearby hotel room instead.
“We know we’re going to encounter some encampments where there’s resistance. I mean, I don’t think anybody’s been naive about that,” she said. “But then we’re gonna have to figure out — what do you do when people are resistant.”
Beyanira Lopez, 58, moved into a nearby motel as part of the city’s Inside Safe program. She said she’s trying to persuade some of the holdouts to do the same. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)