First of 15 Temporary Homeless Shelters Opens in Los Angeles

L.A. County voters approved a $1.2 billion bond measure to build permanent housing for the homeless two years ago.
September 19, 2018 AT 10:00 AM

By Miriam Hernandez

New arrivals of people came through a gate and moved in to what the city of Los Angeles plans as its first of 15 temporary homeless shelters in a step to address the homeless crisis.

"This is the blessing God gave me," Robert Venegas said.

Before that moment, Venegas was among an estimated 23,000 homeless people living in L.A. He didn't even have a tent.

"I'd get on the street with a cardboard box on the floor, with blankets and a pillow," he said.

In the temporary shelter, he gets a bed, shower, air conditioning and most valuable of all - help to find an apartment.

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