LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Advocates for the homeless and community group members called on Los Angeles city officials Friday to spend $100 million per year on housing for the homeless and to end laws that criminalize homelessness.

About 130 service providers and community groups were at City Hall in downtown L.A. for testimony in the Homelessness
and Poverty Committee meeting after delivering an open letter to the City Council urging action.

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Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city leaders pledged in September to seek a state of emergency to deal with the homeless situation.

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Longtime homeless advocate Gary Blasi told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO since that pledge, the city has stalled on plans to deal with homelessness.

“Nothing has been forthcoming, and we’re on the verge of a series of tragedies when the cold, wet winter storms come along with thousands of people on the streets,” said Blasi.

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The issue was thrust back into the spotlight Friday following an alleged violent attack by a homeless man on “NCIS” star Pauley Perrette near her Hollywood home last night.