Starting Next Week, Streetsblog Los Angeles Will Begin Series on Homeless Solutions in Greater Los Angeles

Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.
Photo by Joe Linton/Streetsblog L.A.

It’s no surprise that the city of Los Angeles and the rest of the region are experiencing higher levels of people experiencing homelessness in recent years compared to the more distant past. Resources dedicated to solving this societal problem are often overtaxed.

In the coming weeks and months, Streetsblog Los Angeles will be publishing articles and series that examine some of the policy changes and projects that could help our region better deal with this crisis. Coverage will include a review of the City of Los Angeles’ Safe Park program, interviews with people experiencing homelessness and the social workers, safety officers and others that are working to help them, and the impacts that recently passed ballot measures are having.

This work is funded by the United Way of Los Angeles and will feature articles by myself, Joe Linton, and Sahra Sulaiman. The first article will appear early next week, and is a quick review of the efforts of the city of West Hollywood to provide solutions for people experiencing homelessness. The article isn’t meant to break new ground, but be the starting point for a conversation for an audience that may or may not be used to having discussions on how the built environment and our transportation infrastructure can have a difference in how a region experiences problems related to homelessness.

We look forward to publishing this set of stories and hearing your feedback in the coming months. If you have tips or suggestions for stories – policies, solutions, projects, etc. that you think we might cover – please email us at joe[at]streetsblog.org.

  • LazyReader

    Hollywood’s fascination with post apocalyptic scenery, just look out your window.

  • JVo

    So are you in favor of affordable, permanent supportive housing? Because that provides a place for people to live in dignity. (Really hard when there’s no place to sleep in private let alone use the restroom in private.) Provides on site services to actually help people address mental health, physical health needs as well as the opportunity for them to overcome addiction. It also provides life skills training so people can regain their independence. And no, housing is not free. People pay 30% of their income while services help them look for work if they are able to do so. If you are frustrated with what you see, I suggest you become an advocate of PSH and go to your city council’s to express that you say yes to solutions that actually get and keep people off the street. Because we see what’s going on, we don’t need to read about what’s on the street, it’s more helpful if you support what is actually working.

  • LazyReader

    None of which matters..The reason they’re on the streets asking for change, predominantly to support their habits, namely drugs and alcohol. Subsidies to affordable housing, jobs programs are irrelevant because they’re not planning on settling down. Homeless incorporated, the Churches, private charities and government groups have turned the nations homeless population into stationary food processors. All they do is eat and engage in pleasures and frivolities and not much else, they get a few people off the streets for good.
    Happiness is not the most important emotion in human psyche.
    Dignity, integrity, responsibility and sedulousness are.

    When people derive happiness from constant material gratification and false environments, the results are always the same, depression, stress, bankruptcy and abuse. Derive pleasure from destructive habits and sloth, you inevitably implode or OD on the street somewhere. The Symptoms are apparent everywhere, drug abuse, addiction, the proliferation of identity and gender disorders, famous people with excellent quality lives committing suicide.
    When people derive happiness from being industrious or sedulous, they not only have a greater grasp on reality, but are socially engaging and happier.
    Homeless Inc is compassion without any logic to it and they end up killing themselves slowly.

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