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Fight to reduce homelessness highlights 2017 county budget

Los Angeles County’s $30 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2017-18, which was unveiled this week, includes $355 million in spending to reduce homelessness, nearly $100 million in criminal justice reforms and more than $1 billion in infrastructure spending, including progress on a new downtown jail. The spending blueprint also includes funding to hire 200 additional social workers to reduce child welfare caseloads, Chief Executive Officer Sachi Hamai told reporters.