Los Angeles Continues to Battle the Growing Homeless Epidemic


    Roughly 32% of new home shoppers are first time home buyers. In Los Angeles, despite some well-off homebuyers and residents, there are still 63,000 homeless children in the city.

    According to The Los Angeles Times, these more than 63,000 homeless children come from Latin, white, and black families who are extremely poor. Because the families are so underprivileged, the children subsequently have to live in horrible shelters and on the dangerous streets of Los Angeles County.

    “Everyone partner up!,” said Allison Maldonado, the head instructor at School on Wheels in L.A., which requires that all instructors get regular shots to protect from tuberculosis from the poor conditions around the school and in the community.

    It’s impossible for any L.A. resident, regardless of class, occupation, or residence area, to ignore the growing population of homeless around the county.

    Although the child poverty issue is significant, it’s not the only issue facing the area. The entire state of California was ranked 48th out of 50 states in the risk and extent of child homelessness in a report two years. Across L.A., there are thousands of elderly homeless who are mentally ill, substance abusers, AIDS sufferers, transgender people, disabled, or survivors of domestic violence.

    The only positive sign, if any, is that the number of homeless veterans in L.A. has actually dropped 57% over the last six years. According to Los Angeles Wave, there are currently 2,728 homeless vets in L.A.

    “Veterans have a lot more broad-based support by communities and stakeholders on this issue, so I think that’s resulted in a … record amount of decline,” said Ed Cabrera, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
    The federal investments have been able to assist the veterans in the area and provide them with housing opportunities, but it’s been much more difficult to assist other people.

    “We haven’t had that same luxury on the chronically homeless front,” Cabrera added.