Why Is Homelessness Growing in Some Parts of Los Angeles County, Falling in Others? Which Programs Are Working, Which Are Not—and Why?
Over 600,000 people in the United States are unsheltered or unhoused. Although the number of homeless in the U.S. has grown over the past 30 years, modern day homelessness is not a new phenomenon. According to Wikipedia, in England in 1547 a bill was passed that subjected the homeless to two years servitude and branding with a "V" as the penalty for the first offense and death for the second.
Randy Shaw: Cities have known since the 1990’s that a combination of affordable housing and support services—known now as “supportive housing”—dramatically reduces homelessness.
Eddie Rivera: Criminalizing the homeless through laws and policies is only creating more criminals, and is a poor use of resources that results in more costs to cities.
Deb LaShever: LA City is wasting hundreds of thousands of dollars to criminalize and harass unhoused people. This does not solve anything!
Irene Monroe: Just as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people transformed the pejorative term “queer” into a positive word of self-reference, Christians transformed the word “Christian” into one of self-reverence.
Tully Mackay-Tisbert: Jymm has two Purple Hearts. He left L.A.’s streets to live on his own — then ended up in the hospital.
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.
LA County June election: We need to know which candidates are ready to take ethical, rational approaches to homelessness, reentry.
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