LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Los Angeles City Council panel voted against an initiative to build tiny houses on wheels for the homeless, calling the structures illegal.
The Long Beach Press Telegram reports that the council’s Public Works and Gang Committee heard the issue Monday.
The council’s Homelessness and Poverty Committee will also discuss the initiative before it return to the full council.
City Attorney Valerie Flores says the structures are illegal on public property such as sidewalks, streets, alleys and parks. They are also considered bulky items that can be destroyed by city sanitation workers, making them illegal for human habitation even on private property.
Critics of the doghouse-style structures say they worry the eyesores will attract crime.
In at least one case, police told a woman with a tiny home that she would be fine if she moved it every three days.
The tiny homes can fit into a parking space.
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