Homeless in America. Photo is example of the problem and does not depict suspect. Photo via Pixabay
Homeless in America. Photo is example of the problem and does not depict suspect. Photo via Pixabay

The Los Angeles City Council Tuesday approved the creation of a program that will allow homeless people who receive parking citations to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine.

Under the program, people who meet the federal definition of being homeless under Title 42 of the Public Health and Welfare Code can go into one of the city’s service provider agencies and apply to perform social services or community services instead of paying the citation fine.

The program will cover a maximum of 10 parking citations and up to a combined value of $1,500 per year.

The 10-0 vote authorizes the Los Angeles Department of Transportation to establish a pilot Community Assistance Parking Program. San Francisco and San Diego have similar programs, and the pilot may be based on those.

More than 3,900 people in Los Angeles were living in their cars, according to the 2016 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count.

LADOT does not currently have statistics on the number of parking citations that are issued to homeless individuals. But when the program is put in place, it will begin to gather data.

—City News Service

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