A team of Trump administration officials surround a facilities in California were previously used by the Federal Aviation Administration this week as they searched for a potential site to relocate homeless people, according to three government officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private tours.
President Trump enjoined aides to launch a major crackdown on homelessness in California, prompting an effort by several government agencies to determine how to deal with spreading tent camps in Los Angeles and other cities, officials said.
Trump is expected to visit California on Tuesday and Wednesday. An administration official with knowledge of Trump's visit to California said there were discussions about an announcement about growing homelessness in California next week, but a second official said any decision was early and it's not on the current schedule for the trip.
Trump has asked the aides to figure out "how we can get rid of these people in the streets," an senior administration official said.
The FAA facility surrounded by administrative officials is located in or near Los Angeles, but its exact name or location – or whether it is a current or former government facility – is not immediately known.
It remains unclear how the federal government could do to get homeless people off the streets of Los Angeles, or what law enforcement officials would do. use to do this.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that the administration is considering demolishing existing tent camps, creating new temporary facilities or refurbishing existing government facilities as part of the directive nor Trump's homelessness. The changes are an attempt to give the federal government a greater role in managing housing and health care for residents.
Some administration officials have expressed skepticism that the federal government wants to get the business of operating a large residential area in Los Angeles. There are also questions about the feasibility of making the FAA facility a haven and how it can be legally done.
An administration official with knowledge of Trump's visit to California said there were discussions about a homelessness announcement next week.
Senior administration officials said that forcing people into new facilities would not be considered, with an official telling The Washington Post: "We have yet to put people in jail or anything else. We have the media ahead of you. ”
The administration delegation that visited the FAA site included members of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Justice.
Los Angeles officials have been blindsided by news of abolition plans being considered by the administration for the city's homeless population. of the White House this week to simply find out about the issues.
The administration delegation shared a bit of information with city officials about what they were doing in Los Angeles they are not among the city representatives.
"They just love us for what they do," said an official in the city of Los Angeles who spoke on condition of anonymity. "Our only understanding from them coming in is that they want to follow and know know more about what we do here. This whole thing about cracking and grabbing people with no interest is a surprise to us. "
The Trump administration team also met for an open discussion about homelessness in the Los Angeles police union, according to an official knowledge of the meeting, first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
At that meeting Tuesday, administration officials asked how or if the federal government could help local authorities bring homeless people to Los Angeles streets and to a sanitary area if where they can access services including showers and food. They are also talking about a recent sweep in San Francisco's Tenderloin district, where there is a significant homeless population, this year said.
Administration officials also asked about the "skid row" section of Los Angeles, where homelessness has recently skyrocketed.
City officials have gave a tour of the Jordan Downs housing project in Los Angeles on Tuesday with a team that included federal officials from Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Domestic Policy Council, the Department of Justice and HUD, according to Si Branimir Kvartuc, City Council member Joe Buscaino (D) spokesperson. About six city staff and six federal officials were on the tour.
The administration team also visited the Los Angeles emergency response center for homelessness, a nonprofit housing developer and a homeless shelter in south Los Angeles, according to a news release from Mayor Eric Garcetti (D).