It's really a wonder more cities haven't tried "Housing First," which evolved from a New York City program begun decades ago.
Los Angeles has faced years of chronic homelessness, and over the past year police have regularly raided encampments. Now a civil rights lawsuit has been filed against the city for exactly those actions -- yet the razing of sites goes on.
From the fighter jets soaring overhead to the armed troops patrolling Levi Stadium, Super Bowl 50 was a highly militarized event, its 70,000 spectators and millions of television viewers subject to a showcase of war propaganda and a heavy security crackdown.
But don't look for running water or a toilet. And -- as one embarrassed renter found out -- unexpected issues can crop up when you live in a delivery truck.
Finally Acknowledging the Obvious, Los Angeles Moves to Declare a State of Emergency on Homelessness
Whether a Truthdig series had anything to do with it or not, the mayor has committed to finding $100 million to get 10,000 people off the streets and into programs to help them.
The task is labor-intensive, beginning with interviewing one person at a time, and it requires perseverance, patience and a willingness to work against all odds. It is made no easier by a callous, Republican-controlled Congress.
Although falling asleep, standing still and sitting down are all necessary for survival, more and more communities are treating these behaviors as crimes when done in public places by people with nowhere else to go.
While the popular idea is that the homeless are addicted or mentally ill, experts say a more common story goes like this: A single parent loses a job and ends up on the streets with his or her children. Meanwhile, officials say there is no political upside to solving the problem.
The video of the shooting in Los Angeles "shows you what the problem is, in essence: that the police force in certain sections are out of control, and there are members of the human community whose life doesn't have value," the comedian and commentator says.