Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) tried to stop the publication of a news story about the Los Angeles homelessness crisis this week, reportedly telling a writer for the Los Angeles Times, “You will harm yourself and the community if you trying to bring this together.”
Wednesday’s story by investigative reporter Connor Sheets detailed a March 25 incident in south Los Angeles in which hundreds of homeless people attempted to obtain Section 8 housing vouchers after being misled by rumors on social media.
The would-be applicants crashed an event held by the non-profit advocacy group Fathers and Mothers Who Care, which was designed to help the homeless get emergency shelter.
The confusion reportedly overwhelmed both staff at the nonprofit and the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA), who told the unexpected comers they could just provide their information and enter an emergency shelter database.
At one point, Waters told the crowd, “I want everyone to go home,” prompting an angry reaction.
“We don’t have a home, that’s why we’re here!” According to the LA Times, a member of the crowd shouted back. “Which house are we going to?”
Waters reportedly responded with a laugh, saying, “Nothing’s going to happen here today.”
Soon after, Waters seemed to grow frustrated by a question from a local nonprofit housing advocacy group.
“Excuse me, there’s nobody in Washington who works more for their people than I do,” she said. “I don’t want to hear that. No no no.”
A homeless disabled woman, Joyce Burnett, told the Times that Waters directed the crowd to return to the South Angeles office with the appropriate documents the following Tuesday.
“Maxine Waters was here and she said to come back Tuesday with our completed paperwork,” Burnett said. “I have it, everything you asked for. But every time we get close to the line, they close the door. They opened the door about 20 minutes ago and said they are not serving anyone today.”
When contacted by the LA Times on Tuesday, Waters asked not to publish the story, saying, “It’s a bunch of rumours.”
“You will harm yourself and the community if you try to piece this together with no background,” she told Sheets, according to the report. “I don’t want you to try to write it, you won’t understand.”
Waters District Manager Blanca Jimenez responded to questions from the outlet by providing a link to a local TV station’s enthusiastic coverage of Waters’ performance at Friday’s event, along with a picture of Waters addressing the crowd.
“Someone shared this photo with the office,” Jimenez wrote. “Isn’t she brave?”
Waters’ office did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.
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