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Fight for Housing Continues a Year After Sweep of Echo Park Lake

A new report from the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy (II&D) on the continued fight for housing a year after the sweep of a homeless encampment at Los Angeles’ Echo Park Lake has garnered widespread media coverage. The report found that, of the 183 people removed from the encampment, only 17 are currently confirmed to be in long-term housing. “Politicians very loudly claimed that all displaced residents would be in stable permanent housing within a year,” II&D Director Ananya Roy said at a news conference. “Echo Park Lake has become both the exemplar and blueprint of this kind of displacement.” The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, KCRW, KQED, CBS Los Angeles and LAist are among the outlets that covered the report. Roy told the Guardian that, when sweeps are the driving force of policy, outreach efforts are doomed to fail. “The few times we’ve seen success is when people get housing through their own community networks.”


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