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Build homes for the homeless? Sure, just not in my backyard

Project to raise US$1.2b by hiking property taxes gets huge support, but hits a wall with potential neighbours

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The empty lot (above) in Los Angeles where the proposed homeless-housing project has been blocked by the City Council.

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Christina Hayward (above) with her children, Kaylee and Ben, at their apartment complex in Compton. Ms Hayward spent 12 years living on the streets with her husband and two children before moving into a Community of Friends housing project eight years ago.

Los Angeles

FINDING US$1.2 billion to build housing for the homeless - as voters here did last year by overwhelmingly approving an increase in their own property taxes - may turn out to have been the easy part.

Los Angeles is now witnessing a fight that demonstrates why developing...

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