LA mayor backs proposed federal Ending Homelessness Act

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and a group of other city leaders from around California and the nation are backing the proposed Ending Homelessness Act.

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The legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters would use more than $13 billion to the efforts of cities to deal with the homelessness crisis.

Garcetti says in a statement Monday that homelessness is a national emergency that requires federal action.

Thousands of people live on the streets of Los Angeles, where tent encampments line many streets and filth is a problem.

Among California officials also supporting the legislation are the mayors of Sacramento, Oakland, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Riverside.