A $9.9 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year was approved Monday by the Los Angeles City Council. The budget now heads back to Mayor Eric Garcetti for a final signature.
Under this budget, about $450 million would be set aside for homeless services. This includes funds for emergency shelters throughout the city. Some residents in Koreatown have already pushed against one of those emergency shelters in their neighborhood.
City Councilman Paul Krekorian, chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee, said he understands people’s frustrations.
“But people need to also understand that there are really only two choices,” Krekorian said. “We can accept the status quo, or we can begin to address the challenge that homelessness presents to the homeless population, but to all residents of Los Angeles.”