Homelessness Today: That Was Then, This Is Now

By | Feb 2, 2016

I remember a couple of decades ago helping people who were homeless was much easier. Not easy, but easier.

I remember that most of the people who walked into our transitional housing program in West Los Angeles looked like you or me. They entered our front doors because they lost a job. Or they couldn’t pay rent. Some would drive up in late-model cars. Others dressed like they were interviewing for a new job. They were articulate, educated, experienced. Read More »

Hopeful Resolutions For 2016: A Realistic Approach to Homelessness

By | Jan 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Hopeful Resolutions For 2016: A Realistic Approach to Homelessness

Forget shelters, they were simply bandages. Tear those shelter Band-Aids off quickly. The new, and improved solutions to homelessness were supposed to end veteran and chronic homelessness by the end of 2015

Is LA’s Homelessness a State of Crisis or State of Emergency?

By | Dec 10, 2015 | Comments Off on Is LA’s Homelessness a State of Crisis or State of Emergency?

I wonder how the 650,000 people in New York and New Jersey who lost their homes during Hurricane Sandy would have responded if government officials had told them to wait a half a year, while they figure out a plan to help them?

But here in Los Angeles, where 44,000 of our neighbors have lost homes and live on our streets, the political power of these people we call “homeless” is so weak that it is okay for our community to put on hold any idea of a “state of emergency.”

By | Oct 20, 2015
Photo by Alex Proimos When I think of poverty in a global sense, I imagine slums like the shantytowns of Nairobi or the favelas of Sao Paulo.
By | Sep 16, 2015
Photo by Steve Lyon There was a time when police officers would simply provide homeless individuals with directions to nearby homeless shelters or tell them to move along.
By | Aug 28, 2015
Imagine the Brady Bunch kids living in a 2-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles.
By | Aug 12, 2015
Photo by Steve Lyon Harry slept under a tarp tied to a rusty chain-link fence just outside of central Los Angeles.
By | Jul 28, 2015
Photo by Alex Proimos Years ago, when I first became the leader of a small homeless agency on the Westside of Los Angeles, I used to start my presentations to the community by saying, “It could happen to you.
By | Jul 16, 2015
Photo by The All Night-Images A movement to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour is sweeping the country.