Homelessness is a complex problem without a silver bullet fix. We need to look at the root causes of our crisis in order to advocate effectively for its solutions.
In L.A. County, black individuals make up 9% of the overall population and 30% of the population experiencing homelessness. This is a direct result of racism, discrimination, and biases across interpersonal, cultural, and structural levels. Our homelessness crisis is deeply informed by a history of segregation and systemic racism in public policy, including redlining, mass incarceration, income inequality, and criminalization of poverty.
Solutions to our homelessness crisis
Homelessness is a complicated, enormous problem. The good news is that we know how to solve it. For the first time, L.A. County has a comprehensive plan and the necessary resources to enact it. One major pillar of this plan is creating more supportive and affordable housing. This is where we focus most of our advocacy efforts.