LA City Council Doubles Budget To Clean Up Skid Row

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — More funds are being put aside to help clean up Skid Row.

The L.A. City Council Tuesday added another $2.2 million to a program aimed at cleaning up homeless areas.

The extra money, expanding funding from $1.5 million to $3.7 million, will also bring in more trash cans, extend the hours of public toilets and showers, as well as provide more storage facilities.

The City Council’s vote also included approval of City Administrative Officer Miguel Santana’s recommendation to do an “additional” comprehensive cleaning from May 1 until June 30.

According to the city, more than 3,400 people live on Skid Row, which covers 52 square blocks.

The county health department says unsanitary conditions in the area pose a threat to public health.

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