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July 10, 2019

A Solution for Los Angeles Homeless

Filed under: Uncategorized — ashedit @ 7:47 am

Where can we put tens of thousands of homeless people living on the streets of Los Angeles? One option is the 162-acre site of the Metropolitan State Hospital, located conveniently close to downtown at 11401 Bloomfield Ave, Norwalk, CA 90650.

I visited the grounds on June 10th, 2019. These pictures show the near-vacant facility where thousands of rooms exist in unused buildings on 162  acres of clear, level land that could handle instant tent lodging, porta-potties, and feeding stations.

The pictures below are free for anyone’s use. Please repost to show this existing resource that could help our homeless crisis. Hopefully, government and social services people can be inspired. They may not know or remember that it exists. Thank you.

Many thanks to Tom Burney for his inspiration and wisdom behind this idea.

Met empty bldg 6

Met Empty bldg

A tiny fraction of the hospital site is used to provide mental health care and treatment to mentally issued patients. Patients in need of help and secure environment are welcomed. As of August 2016 Metropolitan State Hospital had 780 patients.


Met empty bldg 5

Met Empty Bldg 3

Met back of empty bldg 2

Met Empty Bldg 2

Met Land


  1. Elaine, did you write this? It’s brilliant! I just shared on Linked IN.

    Comment by Anonymous — July 15, 2019 @ 4:06 pm

  2. Yes, I wrote this. Thank you for the kind words. You are showing as “Anonymous” but it sounds like we know each other. Raise your hand if you get this, and thanks for sharing on Linked In!

    Comment by ashedit — July 15, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

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