A processing center for homeless people has been opened in Venice. Located at the Venice Pavilion, the center is staffed by city and county employees and is open to anyone interested in finding employment or applying for general relief.
Rick Ruiz, an aide to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Ruth Galanter, said the center will remain open for at least two weeks. After that period, homeless people still camped on Venice Beach will be ordered to leave, he said.
Ruiz said Galanter is negotiating for the right to place a 30-bed homeless shelter on property owned by the Public Storage Co. at Rose Avenue and 3rd Street. The site would also be used as a social service agency for persons interested in finding jobs.
Officials say that there may be as many as 2,500 homeless people in Venice, one of the highest concentrations in Los Angeles County.