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Homeless camp near SoFi cleaned up ahead of Super Bowl

ByDebra J. Aguilar

Jan 25, 2022

Crews on Tuesday dismantled a homeless encampment near SoFi Stadium in what some are calling an effort to clean up the city’s image ahead of the big game.

Dozens of people appeared to be living in the encampment located on Century Boulevard under the 405 freeway.

Video showed crew members removing tents and other belongings from around 7 a.m.

It was the second day the teams spent sweeping the area, which is one of the main access routes to SoFi Stadium for visitors coming from LAX.

A worker said the sweeping is happening now so people don’t see homeless people going to the next Super Bowl game.

But a Caltrans spokesperson disagreed, saying the camp was being scrapped due to safety concerns caused by homeless people starting fires under the 405 freeway, and added that people had been warned in advance.

“Caltrans posted a notice to the site 72 hours prior to the cleanup on Jan. 20 to allow those at the camp to gather their belongings and take advantage of services,” read part of a statement from Caltrans. Caltrans.

One woman said she plans to come back regardless of why she was moving her.

“I’ll be right back here… They can’t get rid of me,” the woman said.

Homeless advocate Madeline Devillers thinks not enough is being done to help those who are being asked to leave.

“I think it’s all about looks,” Devillers said. “There’s no equivalent incentive to get them into accommodation…it’s just ‘out’.”

A Caltrans supervisor said social workers were on hand to give people vouchers on Monday and 40 of them had been given out. The supervisor said people would return later on Tuesday, offering more housing options.