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LA Tosses Elderly Couple on Street – While Claiming to Work To Reduce Homelessness

An elderly couple is being forced out of this tiny backyard home by the city of LA who wants it demolished, while asking taxpayers to pay billions to build tiny backyard homes for homeless people.

When it comes to the problem of the homeless, the actions of the city of Los Angeles can only be called insane.

While they just asked voters to approve a $1.2 billion dollar bond… yes thats BILLION… to construct housing to address the affordable housing shortage, and just approved a $550,000 pilot program to build a handful of small backyard houses, or upgrade illegally converted garages, for homeowners who agree to host a homeless person or family. Yet, at the same time the city has ordered destruction of exactly this type of dwelling and is tossing an elderly couple on the streets because it is “too large.”

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The grounds being cared for by the couple about to lose their backyard home.

The tiny cottage in the Silverlake, Echo Park, Los Feliz area pictured above, with moving boxes and personal possessions being moved outside in preparation to vacate, is occupied by an elderly couple who have no place else to go. They are preparing themselves to become the next in a long line of people setting up residence on the streets.

The reason?  The City of Los Angeles stepped in and said the small  “home” had to be demolished because it was “too large”.  The owner is being given one week to do so and the couple that long to vacate.

As this is happening in my neighborhood, I know the couple. I see them out caring for the yard of the main house, picking up the trash on the streets, and being the kind of neighbors I want to have.

The illogic here is mind-boggling.  Under the city’s program to create small backyard homes at taxpayer expense to address the homeless problem they are also subsidizing the rent of those who move into the homes.  Yet with the “tiny home” pictured, the taxpayers have not had to fund the cost of building it, nor are they paying the rent of the couple in it… and the city is demanding it be torn down!

This is your taxpayer dollars at work!

I live near this home.  It can’t be seen from the street.  You actually have to go into the back yard to see it.  The grounds are filled with trees which the couple cares for and it is really not visible to neighbors either.  No one actually cares that it is “too large” except some idiotic city inspector.

The structure has been on the property since long before the current owner bought the property.  No one had a problem with it.  Until just now.  At the same time Angelenos just took on a $1.2 billion dollar debt to create more homes.

I’m asking anyone who sees this post, please share it.  Read the article in the Los Angeles Times about the program to create backyard homes for the homeless and decide if you think this home should be torn down!  And share it to the Instagram and Facebook pages of the City Councilmen whose districts are affected by the new homeless people that will be living on their streets if this cute little “home” is demolished to satisfy a regulation that is in conflict with the one to create more such homes!

Councilman Jose Huizar @cmjosehuizar and Facebook huizar.jose

Councilman David E. Ryu @davideryu and Facebook cd4ryu

Councilman Mitch O’Farrell @mitchofarrell Facebook


Please help.  We don’t need more homeless people in Los Angeles.  As the mayor’s office said “Backyard units expand housing options without compromising the character of [the neighborhood].  Not one person in this neighborhood wants to see this charming little “house” go and we don’t want to lose this delightful couple as neighbors!

We will be posting the outcome of this.  If you see a picture of this house in pieces on the ground, you will know that our City is only paying lip service to the housing problem is LA and does not care about real solutions no matter how much they tax us for them.


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