WORD ON THE STREET, especially in the North Hollywood and Metro Red Line (subway) Terminal area, is that NEW ORLEANS has been doing GREYHOUND THERAPY, providing one way tickets to homeless to Los Angeles who get off at the North Hollywood Greyhound Station.
GREYHOUND THERAPY is the term used when a city sends its homeless problem to another town. Currently there are actual lawsuits between cities over this issue. At it's worst GREYHOUND THERAPY IS NOT JUST A ONE WAY TICKET TO ANOTHER CITY THAT TAKES THE PERSON AWAY FROM THEIR HOME BASE TO A PLACE WHERE THEY KNOW NO ONE (EXCEPT MAYBE THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO WERE SENT FORTH), DON'T KNOW WHERE TO GO, OR HAVE ANY RESOURCES TO TURN TO.
Some of these homeless and mentally ill people are actually given a bad lunch and A ONE DAY SUPPPLY OF THEIR PSYCH MEDS!
Los Angeles and Southern California in general - Santa Barbara County - Orange County - is a very expensive place to live with rents easily a thousand dollars a month for a single or one bedroom apartment, and though the weather here may be better than in the snow belt, in some parts you can die of the cold here too. Winter in the beach areas and the high desert areas of Lancaster Palmdale can be very rough outdoors at night.
We've been told that a number of homeless people from New Orleans have been sent here and are now in the usual competition for shelters and other services and in line for government benefits.
One of the lawsuits is against Nevada, which allegedly sent 500 mental patients to San Francisco.
SACRAMENTO BEE: NEVADA BUSES HUNDREDS OF MENTALLY ILL TO SF
"Since July 2008, Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital in Las Vegas has transported more than 1,500 patients to other cities via Greyhound bus, sending at least one person to every state in the continental United States, according to a Bee review of bus receipts kept by Nevada's mental health division.
About a third of those patients were dispatched to California, including more than 200 to Los Angeles County, about 70 to San Diego County and 19 to the city of Sacramento."
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