After 20 years, the work of ending homelessness is much more difficult. The people we help are much more chronically homeless than before. Our supporters are more jaded. Our community is less compassionate for people who have been on their streets for decades.
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A worker needs to earn $33 per hour to rent an average apartment in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. If that wage level were implemented in 2015, the average household would need more than two employed persons in order to afford a typical apartment.
It seems to me that if average American wages are not high enough to pay for the average rent—in the long run, all of our efforts to house those who are currently homeless will not end homelessness. We will simply be treading water.
People like Clark, who have been sleeping on the streets for years, need an immediate housing solution… tonight. A bridge to a shelter bed that could very well be a former prison.
Cold weather is fun, unless you are without a home.
We need more creative ideas for how to provide housing for our neighbors who sleep on our streets.
Being an agency that grows bigger and smaller at the same time is, in my opinion, a realistic way to ensure effective services.
Imagine, however, if the school had a class on how to design public spaces that would drive homeless people away. Although such classes might seem bizarre, such design is actually occurring.
If you are lucky enough to have a home, you don’t want a criminal lurking in your neighborhood. And if you’re unlucky enough to be homeless, you don’t want a criminal sleeping next to you in a homeless shelter.
If we want to alter our society’s perception of struggling veterans—especially those who struggle on our streets—maybe we should change the definition of PTSD.