Homelessness is a growing crisis in many cities around the world, and Los Angeles is no exception. Skid Row, a neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles, has long been known for its large homeless population. Unfortunately, recent reports suggest that the number of people experiencing homelessness in Skid Row has increased in recent years.
According to data from the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), there were more than 4,000 people experiencing homelessness in Skid Row in 2020. This represents a 16% increase from the previous year. The majority of these individuals were unsheltered, meaning that they were living on the streets or in makeshift shelters.
There are many factors that contribute to the increase in homelessness in Skid Row and throughout Los Angeles. One major factor is the high cost of housing in the city, which makes it difficult for many people to afford a place to live. Other factors include job loss, mental illness, substance abuse, and a lack of affordable healthcare.
The homelessness crisis in Skid Row and Los Angeles as a whole is a complex issue that requires a multifaceted approach to address. While providing emergency shelter and services is important, it is also essential to address the root causes of homelessness, such as poverty, inequality, and lack of affordable housing. By working together, communities can develop solutions to this crisis and ensure that everyone has access to safe and stable housing.
My Friend's House Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Los Angeles, California