The homeless epidemic sweeping California continued to spiral out of control in April, with libraries and other public buildings rapidly becoming the “front lines” of the state’s housing crisis.
According to a new article published in US News, libraries are becoming a haven for the region’s homeless population; providing free shelter as staffers and local officials struggle to cope with the exploding population.
“With the number of homeless people surging by a whopping 26 percent between point-in-time counts in 2016 and 2017 – roughly the same year-over-year rise seen overall in Los Angeles County, which counted nearly 58,000 homeless last year – the city is experiencing a crisis on its streets and in its at-capacity shelters,” writes US News.
“Basically a homeless shelter with books,” said one user on social media. “It’s hard to concentrate because there’s always someone snoring loudly with their filthy feet up on the furniture.”
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