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LOS ANGELES—Since taking office five years ago, Mayor Eric Garcetti has marketed this city as a model of how an American metropolis can dream big: wooing the 2028 Olympics, courting high-tech companies and pushing for a “subway to the sea.”

But last month, the mayor tied his political future to a goal that has long vexed policymakers here: housing the city’s homeless, which he publicly declared his “No. 1 issue.” Homelessness has exploded during his tenure, leaving Los Angeles with a fast-growing population of people living in cars, parks and on the streets.

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Mr. Garcetti aims to get half of the more than 25,000 unsheltered homeless population into shelters or housing by 2022, his last year as mayor. The 47-year-old Democrat has made no secret of his interest in running for the presidency in 2020, and whether his new plan succeeds will bear heavily on his political future, critics and supporters say.

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