LOS ANGELES—The Venice Beach homeless fearing seizure of belongings during Los Angeles clean street sweeps now have a place to stash their stuff.

Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the social services agency Venice Community Housing Corp. have launched the pilot Check-in Storage program, which allows the homeless to store belongings in trailer for a week at a time.

Shelters only allow the homeless to bring items they can carry on their laps and some were reluctant to leave their possessions for fear they would be seized.

The Los Angeles Times ( http://lat.ms/VOJNcz) says that meant many of the shelter's 160 beds went unused.

To publicize the service, fliers are circulating telling the homeless to bring possessions to the storage trailer.

Medicine, identification, weapons or illegal items aren't allowed.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com