LA sets maintenance schedule to clean Skid Row
(AP) – Los Angeles officials plan weekly cleanings and monthly health inspections of downtown’s Skid Row after conducting an extensive sanitation of the area where more than 1,000 people sleep on the sidewalks nightly.
Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Butler said Thursday that more extensive cleanings will be conducted periodically to maintain hygiene. The area houses the nation’s densest concentration of homeless people.
The cleanups resulted from the county health department citing the city for violating public health standards in Skid Row in May after finding people living on the street among trash, feces, rats’ nests and hypodermic needles.
County environmental health director Angelo Bellomo says health inspectors plan inspections of at least once a month.
The officials say more social services will also be brought in to get people off the street.