Gyms, Art Rooms, Cafés & More: Inside Cali's New $165M Homeless Shelter

Brittany M. Hughes | June 20, 2024
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A new homeless shelter in downtown L.A. costs more per unit than most single-family homes in the U.S. - not, of course, that that will matter much to the residents, considering it’s all being funded by the taxpayer.

I.e., you.

MRCTV previously reported that the 19-story high-rise building, known as the “Weingart Tower,” will include 278 units at $600,000 a pop to shelter homeless people from Skid Row. The facility, which will be the city’s largest housing support project in history, will include a whole floor just for social case workers' office.

As for residents, they’ll get a gym, an art room, a music room, a computer room and a library, as well as six balconies and a café. All at little to no cost, thanks to tax-paying Californians.

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The total cost of the publicly-funded project? $165 million.

Now, an ABC7 report takes us inside the facility just ahead of its grand opening Thursday, revealing a housing complex looks like a posh, upscale apartment building for wealthy residents. And it would be, if it weren’t being entirely funded by taxpayers to house drug addicts and the mentally unwell - rampant problems that will hardly be solved by a few hundred half-mil one-bedrooms.

Check out what your tax dollars are funding:

I’m pretty sure free painting classes don’t fix heroin problems, nor does an Ikea-themed cafeteria cure mental illnesses caused by years of substance abuse.

But leave it to L.A. to throw hundreds of millions in taxpayer cash at a problem and hope it at least nets them some political points.

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