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Roy on Repeated Displacement of L.A.’s Unhoused Population

Ananya Roy, director of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy, spoke with Spectrum News 1 about the sweep of an encampment of unhoused people on Aetna Street in Van Nuys. The sweep was part of the city of Los Angeles’ “Inside Safe” initiative, which aims to rapidly move people living in encampments indoors. Some Aetna residents who accepted hotel placements have reported dealing with sub-par conditions and strict rules, complaints echoed by other “Inside Safe” participants, KCRW’s Greater L.A. reported. Without a pathway to permanent housing, the participants could soon be back on the street, said Roy, a professor of urban planning, social welfare and geography. “Our concern about the kind of repeated displacement is that people end up more precarious than before,” she said.


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