HOUSING/ HOMELESSNESS
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“I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States.”

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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“We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can't solve.”

— Linda Lingle

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“You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.”

— Jello Biafra

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“We live in a world where there is so much wealth. There shouldn't be a homeless person. That's crazy.”

— Raheem DeVaughn

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“People don't realize how many of the homeless are single moms, and a lot of veterans, and people with mental illness.”

— Joe Maddon

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“We can't forget that there are so many young people who are homeless - and unbelievably vulnerable.”

— Stacy Dooley

Fact Sheet We Can Make a Difference!

 
  • Three out of four low-income at-risk renters do not receive federal renting assistance.
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • An estimated 5.7 million adult renters living with children are not caught up on rent, with nearly half of these renters reporting eviction is at least somewhat likely in the next two months.
    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • An examination of 20 U.S. urban areas found the number of deaths among people living without housing shot up by 77% by 2020.
    The Guardian
  • Providing chronically homeless people with permanent housing and case managers would save taxpayers $149 million in reduced law enforcement and medical care costs over the next decade.
    National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty

Movies

Filmed in British Columbia, this documentary follows the lives of four chronically-homeless women. These women represent most people in our society. They had jobs, a family, a home – that is until life happened. It shows their struggles as they attempt to grapple with their individual traumas which eventually took them on a downward spiral. It presents their plight with a compassionate lens.

But what makes this documentary different is that the filmmaker does not just tell us of their struggles. She pulls us into their pain. Their struggles mirror some of ours – losing a loved one, growing up in abusive family, incarceration. It tells us that there is no “us and them” but rather just “us”.

Where to Watch: Vimeo

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A documentary film about one summer in Indianapolis, a tent city under a bridge, a man named Maurice, and the criminalization of homelessness in the United States. The unofficial “mayor” of the Davidson St. camp, Maurice is an older, dreadlocked Black man who has dropped out of “normal” society to minister to the homeless. His camp under a railroad track becomes a real community, supported by church volunteers, until police and bulldozers close in to shut it down.

Where to Watch: The Roku Channel, Amazon Prime, YouTube

Challenges

Each night, hundreds of thousands of people are homeless in the United States. Some of these people are chronically homeless, while others have temporarily lost their shelter. The reasons why they are homelessness are complex. They can include a combination of factors such as:

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Mental illness
  • Trauma and violence
  • Substance use
  • Criminal record
  • Sudden serious illness
  • Divorce
  • Death of partner or parent
  • Disabilities
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Recent Successes

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Veteran Affairs - On any given night in America, there are approximately 37,000 Veterans who go to sleep without a home, with one out of ten of them living in Los Angeles County. VA leadership is committed to ending the crisis of Veteran homelessness through a housing-first model.

On July 19 and 20, VA Chief of Staff Tanya Bradsher visited the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System’s (VAGLAHS) West Los Angeles campus to reaffirm that commitment.

“Ending Veteran homelessness is a top priority for VA,” said Bradsher. “We’re joining together with community groups, local officials, oversight boards and Veterans themselves to drive progress on this issue here in LA. Successes achieved here and lessons learned help inform VA’s Veteran homelessness programs across the nation.”

Cronkite News - Nearly a decade ago, two U.S. cities with large homeless populations tried to solve their problem by adopting a strategy that prioritized giving people housing and help over temporary shelter.

But Houston and San Diego took fundamentally different approaches to implementing that strategy, known as Housing First. Houston revamped its entire system to get more people into housing quickly, and it cut homelessness by more than half. San Diego attempted a series of one-off projects but was unable to expand on the lessons learned and saw far fewer reductions in homelessness.

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Donate Clothing, Especially Socks

Shelters are always in need of new and gently used clothes, especially personal hygiene items and socks. Share on social media that you’re making the donation and volunteer to bring over any items that others chip in.

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Volunteer

Most homeless shelters or service organizations will welcome your on-hand assistance, and in many cases they have staff members who cultivate volunteer relationships. Be honest about what you’re capable of, whether it’s one event or a regular shift at the shelter.

Fundraise

With social media and crowd-funding options like GoFundMe, it’s never been easier to solicit support for an organization or a cause. Don’t underestimate the power of in-person communal events like bake sales and school campaigns, though.

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