As of Friday, January 8th the county did NOT fulfill its promise of 440 beds as the first El Niño storms swept through the OC, leaving people who live outdoors exposed to the elements and at risk of hypothermia and other weather-related hazards.
Dan Bleemel: When I left Skid Row that day, a part of me would stay behind to be tortured by what I knew and what I could do very little about.
David Bacon: This part of downtown L.A. remains contested terrain these days, as swanky boutiques and cafes have cropped up and touch a world without stable housing for thousands of people.
Homeless Woman Arrested: Between the LAPD and city attorney’s office, hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money has been spent.
Homeless Rights — Organizers demand that we stop criminalizing the poor and homeless.
Joseph Mailander: These days, when I walk the boulevards of Hollywood, I often see homeless and indigent types being coaxed by guards hired by business improvement districts to get up off the sidewalk and to start on their way to somewhere else. But where are they heading?
Rosemary and Walter Brasch: May we all remember that when the basic needs are filled for all Americans, only then can we be truly thankful for the day.
Randy Shaw: House Republicans are planning to again play Scrooge. In this case, it means turning their backs on the housing needs of millions of ill-housed and homeless
Dan Bluemel: Food lines being under attack is nothing new in LA. Three years ago, a similar campaign, led by business interests and residents in the Skid Row area downtown, managed to shut one food line down and threaten several others.
Dan Bluemel: Citing a growing effort by local governments to use laws and business improvement districts to target the homeless and mold poorer neighborhoods in the interests of businesses and the wealthy, advocates say a state law is necessary to protect the basic rights of homeless citizens.
Charley James: Most unemployed people will get cut off. Many working poor, who rely on food stamps to make ends meet, will go hungry. So, too, will countless military families’
Charley James: New York’s homelessness crisis erupted because the Bloomberg administration recently ended rent subsidies, which allowed many people who are now homeless to stay in their apartments.
Charley James: First they came for the working poor. Then they came for the lower middle class. Now, they are after the middle and upper middle classes. Next, they’ll come for the … 98-percenters.