This week, government workers flooded L.A.’s riverbeds, hoping to convince people like South L.A.’s Yvette Grant to get out of her tent and into a homeless shelter.
It’s a tough sell: Grant’s saving to move into an apartment, but she’s stayed in shelters before. The lines are long.
“People are just in your business, that you don’t even know,” she says. “So no, I’d rather just do as I do — be as I be — right here. I’m comfortable.”
What to do with LA’s homeless tent encampments was a big topic for local officials in 2015. And this year, as heavy El Nino rains hit, the problem’s only becoming more pronounced.