It’s Dangerous out There

This article from the Los Angeles Times offers more evidence for why we need to improve our local homeless service situation.

In our area, a strategy helping the homeless (and local residents and business who suffer the impacts) needs to be developed—capable of safely sheltering up to 2 or 3 thousand homeless folks a night—and we have long suggested basing it on San Antonio’s Haven for Hope program http://www.havenforhope.org/downloads/docs/H4H%20Brochure%2010-31-2016.pdf  especially the courtyard strategy they use for safe rapid shelter for large numbers, see our news release of September 28, 2015 on our News Page  http://arpps.org/news.html

An excerpt from the Los Angeles Times article.

Three homeless men were brutally beaten with a baseball bat while they slept on downtown Los Angeles streets early Sunday morning, and authorities were warning people in homeless encampments to be on alert for a possible predator.

The attacks left all three men in critical condition at a hospital. None had regained consciousness as of Monday afternoon, said Capt. Billy Hayes of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Robbery-Homicide Division.

In the first incident, the attacker, who is also believed to be homeless, smashed the bat across the head and shoulders of a homeless man in his late 50s who was sleeping near 5th and Flower streets around 4 a.m., said Hayes.

About 30 minutes later, two homeless men sleeping near Flower Street and Wilshire Boulevard were beaten in the same manner, Hayes said.

The assailant rummaged through the victims’ pockets after the attacks, which were believed to be motivated by robbery, Hayes said.

“Anytime that there’s a predator walking around preying on innocent people like this we want to get them as soon as possible,” Hayes said during a news conference at the LAPD’s headquarters Monday afternoon.

Police have no witnesses to the assaults, though portions of the attacks near Wilshire Boulevard and Flower Street were caught on surveillance cameras, Hayes said. The LAPD also made public a 35-second video clip showing the suspect walking around what appeared to be a building lobby.

Retrieved September 18, 2018 from http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-homeless-beatings-20180917-story.html

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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