City cleans up Silver Lake area homeless encampment – for now

A large team of workers and vehicles – including a dump truck and a small tractor – were deployed today to clean up a large homeless encampment that had spread to both sides of an underpass on the border of Silver Lake and Historic Filipinotown.

An Eastsider reader who tipped us off about the cleanup said police were also on the scene as workers from the Department of Sanitation and a hazmat crew hauled away trash and belongings from Silver Lake Boulevard where it crossed under Temple Street.

It’s become a common practice as the city removes encampments from public property only to see the homeless move nearby or, in some cases, return to the same spot.

Public notices are required before an encampment is removed.

A homeless person’s belongings on the sidewalk near the cleanup site.


  1. I still can’t believe the city is planning on spending well over $100k/Unit to build homeless shelters. With over $1 billion passed by the tax payers, it seems like we can solve the problem by offering safe, clean, transitional housing for 25% of the cost and quite possibly quadruple the number of units available and cut the development time in half. I bet we won’t see a single unit available for anybody for at least 5-10 years.

  2. They were probably all back by the time this post was published

  3. Stupid Progressives, like Garcetti…. he thinks that by providing shelter for the homeless, that will solve everything? UHHHHH…….. I used to try to help them. A large majority of them DO NOT WANT TO LEAD A NORMAL LIFE!!! They are drug addicts and alcoholics, and many are mentally ill beyond help. They are the Losers of the world! Yes, there are the ones that are truly homeless and want to get off the street, help those people with shelter. But, if you want to help the majority of them, give them meds and HEAVY counseling!! That’s how you get them back together again, not shelter with taxpayer money flying into the sky!

    a. sanchez

    • that’s right they do not want the help its a new thing not homeless but homefree… no bills no responsiblity

      • This issue came to light recently in an article here in Eastsider about the people living in the purple RV parked for several years along the edge of Echo Park Lake. This article was about those living in cars and RVs while using public facilities. One of the owners said that young people are moving towards mobile living…he being a “young” person in his thirties.

      • Shame on you. You shouldn’t automatically assume other peoples situations. That’s a huge part of the problem. Not all of us are “homefree so we don’t have any bills or responsibility”. Sometimes we are faced with unexpected challenges in life. Being homeless is certainly not a “choice” I have made. Imagine finding yourself in a similiar position… and you were stereotyped the same way you are doing to others. Please think about that. It doesn’t help.

    • I became disabled due to an accident 4/8/04. Continued paying rent until 5/09, while SSDI denied me SIX times. Finally got SSDI, with lump sum back pay x years, but had already been evicted from my home of 30 years. Was homeless, living on the street/bus bench, for 3 years. NO ONE tried to help me get off the street, not once.

      • Debra, Whilst I empathize with your having an accident, where does your responsibility start? If you owned a home, you should have disability insurance or long term care. Just like you wouldn’t drive a car with car insurance or choose to have children and not have health insurance. When you buy a brand new car and drive it off the lot it immediately looses value, so if you total it within the first few moths of ownership, it is likely that the insurance company will pay out much less than you owe on your loan. This is why you need gap insurance. The point is that it is your responsibility to know this! Why is it the tax payer’s responsibility to keep you housed and fed?

        I just don’t get this mentality of so many people who expect and deserve everything to be handed to them.

      • Debra are you still homeless? If yes and you have ties to Echo Park/ Silver lake try Good Shepherd Center for Homeless women and Children in Echo Park. They have a 3-month emergency shelter and transitional housing as well. Best of luck.

        • Excellent recommendation. Good Shepherd was a huge factor in my transition from homelessness to regular apartment — going on 10 yrs

          • Coco- I am happy to hear a success story! Most people who experience homelessness go on to live happy housed lives but few are willing to talk about their homeless history. It would be great if you let the staff at Good Shepherd know you are doing well.

    • Way to be compassionate. I hope you do not lose your home and have to know what it’s like to live like that. Where are these people supposed to go after the city cleans up their temporary camp? How does one pull themselves up from homelessness to the ranks of you and I when they have nothing?! If you don’t like homelessness vote for people who are interested in solving the problem of homelessness, joblessness, and poverty.

      • Dara,

        If you know of an honest, effective politician who lives in areas affected by homelessness, has a practical plan to help that does not require yet another study or commission or millions of new dollars, please do us all the favor of posting their name here.

        Elections are close. I’d like to see some discussion here on The Eastsider about why people are voting for specific candidates, or not. Those of us who read Eastsider know of the real and practical problems that need to be dealt with because we live with them everyday. Anyone?

    • The number one effective thing for reducing issues and costs with the homeless is getting them shelter. Medical costs go way down, as do other costs to the city. It’s got good value. You are wrong.

  4. I just arrived in Silver Lake a few days on my way back to London via New York … I’ve been in Melbourne for 3 weeks. It’s a world wide inner city problem and the comments above are correct it runs deeper and related issues of drink drugs and social exclusion need to be addressed. These people are living different lives that don’t necessarily relate to having four walls and a roof but requiring face to face professional support with getting them into a place that’s relevant. When I was in Melbourne last week the homeless had organised a sit-in at Flinders a Street station whilst international eyes were in the city for the Australian Open …. They were an eyesore and quickly disrupted but did make the national news. I did notice the rough sleepers today whilst walking Silver Lake admiring the beautiful houses and neighbourhood … a timely reminder of our different lives and support where needed.

  5. I grew up in LA and when I was a kid a large portion of downtoen and Hollywood had old hotels and apartments that were referred to as “flop houses” but were basically very affordable inner city housing. The problem is that those have mostly disappeared with the city transforming as it is. Thos “flop houses” are no longer around and the folks who used to live in them are now homeless with the majority of them having addiction problems and/or mental illness. We are a city transforming, but we have nowhere for these folks to live but on the street. The affordable housing is now out in places like the Central Valley, San Bernardino, Lancaster, etc. but these places are far from “home” and so a lot of these folks opt to live on the streets. The problem will get worse. I see LA and other large metropolitan areas turning into third world situations and it is alarming, but honestly I am not sure how we can mitigate it. I hope there is an answer.

  6. My mother and I were homeless for six months when I was a child. A Russian immigrant, she was a single mom with very little English and unable to find a job. I now live in a home I own near the meadow. If it wasn’t for social programs and government assistance, we never would have been able to get ourselves on our feet. I mourn the loss and cut down of many of these same programs — and applaud any effort to help these people. We can’t chase them away without giving them somewhere to go.

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