Bureau of Sanitation spokeswoman Elena Stern told The Times that the city has offered Waddell homeless services, including temporary housing, but he’s refused.
Waddell, however, told the paper that he indeed wants housing. He further acknowledged the dangers of living beneath an overpass and shared that he was once robbed at gunpoint in his bed.
Los Angeles has the second-highest population of homeless individuals of U.S. cities, with about 43,800 people reported homeless, according to a report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development this month.
The city’s Homeless Services Authority offers a number of resources to homeless individuals and families, including emergency services and transportation, shelter referrals and outreach services, according to its website.