No problem has prompted more urgent rhetoric at Los Angeles City Hall this fall than the plight of those who live and sleep unsheltered on L.A.’s streets.

In July, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced during a speech on downtown’s skid row that his staff was a month away from completing a “battle plan” for the “war on homelessness.” City Council members drew headlines from around the world in September when they held a news conference publicizing their intention to formally “declare the homeless crisis an emergency,” in the words of Council President Herb Wesson.

Read more in the Los Angeles Times.