Villanueva again attacks LA leaders’ homelessness policy


Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva again questioned the approach of government officials tackling the region's homelessness crisis, alleging that building new housing units for the homeless only encourages more transients to move here from other parts of the country.

The sheriff specifically criticized the Los Angeles City Council's decision Tuesday to set a goal of creating at least 25,000 homeless housing units in the city by 2025.


  • LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva again questioned the approach of government officials tackling the region's homelessness crisis Wednesday

  • Villanueva alleges that building new housing units for the homeless only encourages more transients to move here from other parts of the country

  • Villanueva instead called for building shelter space, safe camping and RV parking space and permanent supportive housing for the mentally ill and gravely disabled

  • "The crisis we see on our streets is directly attributed to the high cost of living, lack of affordable housing and failed safety net systems that are perpetuated by systemic racism," said Heidi Marston, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority