American Cities Rank High on Worldwide Homelessness Scale

By | Oct 20, 2015

When I think of poverty in a global sense, I imagine slums like the shantytowns of Nairobi or the favelas of Sao Paulo. I see rickety shacks precariously hugging dirt hills and sad-looking children drinking dirty water.

Never would I imagine that America’s two largest cities rank among the top five cities worldwide with the largest homeless populations. Los Angeles is ranked third, just behind second-ranked New York City.

Manila, the capital of the Philippines, holds the top spot with the largest homeless population in the world. The important distinction between cities like Manila and those in first-world countries is that poorer nations don’t have the resources to house their homeless citizens.

Wealthier countries, like America, do.

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Homelessness: America’s Refugee Crisis

By | Sep 28, 2015 | Comments Off on Homelessness: America’s Refugee Crisis

Back home in Los Angeles, where homelessness has increased by 12 percent, the sprawling tent cities of America’s homeless remind me of the desperate refugees half a world away. Exhausted, sick, and somber people residing in tents on sidewalks, many of whom have given up hoping to escape the streets.

Is There a Homelessness Effect With LAPD Homeless Response?

By | Sep 16, 2015 | Comments Off on Is There a Homelessness Effect With LAPD Homeless Response?

. . . lawsuits and ordinances are becoming the weapons of choice for addressing homelessness. Advocates for people experiencing homelessness are battling with city officials and their proposed ordinances designed to “clean up” the streets.

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
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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.
By | Jul 12, 2015
Photo by Anthony Kelly Close your eyes.
By | Jun 22, 2015
It sounds adventurous, exotic, and even a bit thrilling.
By | Jun 9, 2015
The concept of quickly placing people who are homeless in permanent homes – rather than first moving them to shelters – has become the priority for almost every jurisdiction in America.