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Report: Trailers meant to house Calif. homeless sitting unused in parking lots

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FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, rectangle areas designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday, May 11, 2021, to confront the state's homelessness crisis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

FILE - In this May 21, 2020, file photo, rectangle areas designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco's Civic Center. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a $12 billion plan Tuesday, May 11, 2021, to confront the state's homelessness crisis. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

FILE – In this May 21, 2020, file photo, rectangle areas designed to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by encouraging social distancing line a city-sanctioned homeless encampment at San Francisco’s Civic Center. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

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UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Sunday, May 16, 2021

During the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, 1,300 trailers were purchased by the state from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and were distributed throughout California by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) in an effort to keep the homeless safe during the pandemic. This purchase was estimated to have cost California taxpayers $50 million in total.

However, it is now more than a year later and still 100 plus trailers are sitting unoccupied in parking lots across the city of Los Angeles which is known to hold thousands of homeless residents. The unused trailers were found locked up in a yard next to Dodger stadium and in a lot next to the Los Angeles Zoo.

Firefighters were reportedly seen towing a few of the trailers out of the lot and off to a new site where they plan to be used as mobile COVID-19 vaccination centers.

A spokesperson from the mayor’s office allegedly said that the trailers are too expensive to use because they need to be hooked up to water and sewage lines as well as constantly maintained.

This comes after Mayor Eric Garcetti pledged to spend $1 billion to combat the cities homeless crisis. Yet, the mayor’s office said all of the trailers would be moved, but would not be used to house the homeless.

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