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Chapter 1: Understanding the crisis

Root causes: attitudes

One of our core goals is changing hearts and minds. People’s attitudes toward and views of people experiencing homelessness are often just as much of a barrier to solutions as economic factors and policy.

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Many root causes of our housing and homelessness crisis are systemic and concrete, like discriminatory policies or rising rents.

Some of the other factors are harder to measure. They can be harder to see because we experience them all around us, every day, and may even unknowingly participate in them.

They are the attitudes and beliefs that people hold, ranging from discrimination to apathy. Shifting our collective mindset around ending homelessness is a big challenge, but it starts with you. You can play a big role in changing hearts and minds.

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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.

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