Staggering Number Of Homeless In LA Shows How Tough It Is To Get By

Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFPlan.com,

 

The number of homeless people in Los Angeles is skyrocketing. In just one year, the figures revealed that the homeless population in the city grew 20% while the numbers for the wider Los Angeles County were even higher at 23%.

As if looking at those numbers isn’t cringeworthy enough, The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported Wednesday that 6,000 homeless young people were tallied across the county in January, a 61% increase over the 2016 total. Most of the young people are ages 18 to 24. All the youth shelters have waiting lists and affordable housing is tough to find, even with a rent voucher, according to Heidi Calmus of Covenant House California, an international youth homeless services agency with a branch in Hollywood. “The system is overwhelmed,” Calmus said Tuesday night as she and a colleague, Nick Semensky, delivered toiletry bags and sandwiches to young people living in the streets.

Despite efforts to combat the problem, the number of homeless continue to go up. In 2015 authorities declared a public emergency as the numbers sleeping on the streets soared. City officials committed $100 million to tackle the problem. It’s safe to say that whatever is being done right now is not working.

Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn described the figures as “staggering.” “Homelessness in LA County has grown at a shocking rate,” she said in a statement. “Even as work is being done to get thousands of people off the street and into housing, more and more people are becoming homeless. It is clear that if we are going to end the homeless crisis, we need to stem the overwhelming tide of people falling into homelessness.”

But it isn’t that easy. Experts are placing the blame on soaring rents and a high cost of living as the two major factors. According to Expatistan.com, a 900 square foot furnished apartment will cost over $2400 per month.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said there was “no sugarcoating the bad news”. “It’s impossible to wrap your head around the numbers,” he told reporters, adding that soaring rents and the city’s high cost of living were partly to blame. “We can’t let rents double every year,” he told reporters. Average rents in Los Angeles County have increased by 32% since 2000 while average household incomes for people renting have fallen by 3% when adjusted for inflation, according to the California Housing Partnership.

Mayor Garcetti is correct in that you cannot sugarcoat these numbers. In its latest report, the LAHSA said there were 57,794 people homeless in the county during its survey in January, compared to 46,874 in 2016. In the city there were 34,189 with no permanent roof over their heads, the report said, compared to 28,464 the year before.

The solution, according to the politicians in Los Angeles, is of course, to throw money at the problem. The county needs to build more than 550,000 affordable rental homes for low-income households, the LAHSA says. Los Angeles recently approved new measures to raise $1.2 billion in bonds to build 10,000 new units of housing for homeless people. There are also plans to raise about $3.5billion over 10 years to pay for other homelessness projects.

When the number of homeless increases this dramatically, it’s easy to see that the nation is in a bit of an economic bind.  It’s getting harder and harder to get by, and any sort of financial issue, no matter how small, could easily cause homelessness for those living paycheck to paycheck.

Comments

Offthebeach PT Fri, 06/02/2017 - 07:48 Permalink

3rd generation builder here.House structures of the 1920's-1970's ( guesstimate 80% ) are now illegal. Verboten!All new housing are dictated to have insane standards.  Thus costly.  It is not legal to build a safe, sanitary,  low(er) cost house. Many people would love such a house, could afford privately such a house, and probibly grew up in such a house, but the government overlords forbid it. 

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PT Offthebeach Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:34 Permalink

I've been wondering about that.  I've noticed a decreased quality in houses in my country over the last couple of decades but only in one aspect (I don't know everything about building).  I've been wondering how far the cancer has spread.When you can drill a hole in a brick with a cheap drill - not even a hammer drill - and a normal drill bit - not a masonary bit - that sorta makes me wonder too.

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Offthebeach PT Fri, 06/02/2017 - 14:11 Permalink

People want the look of wealthy people houses, with out the cost which is a function of materials and old craftsman.  Only the very wealthy can afford that.  But also I think nobody builds such that you would say ..." this is our family house, for generations..."   because who can trust this politicalized economy to be safe for generations?  So we live in glorified, disposible tents.

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DivisionBell Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:11 Permalink

Move.You can't afford to live there.  Walk, hitch, sell some blood and buy a bus ticket if you have to, but go somewhere else.  There's plenty of land, low-cost housing, and jobs, just not all in the same place.  You didn't make the cut for the big city but it's a hellhole anyway.  

PT DivisionBell Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:30 Permalink

... and where-ever you go, grow, or at least plant, some food.  You may never be able to own land.  That is no reason to starve.  Forced to accept that the system can not support you?  Find empty land, grow food.  You don't owe it to anyone to starve if the land is not theirs.  And Fuck the Banksters.  They stole the land through counterfeiting and fraud.  The banksters' land is land they stole from you.

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Koba the Dread DivisionBell Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:15 Permalink

Damned good advice, DivisionBell. Instead of all the ZH creepy-crawlers who diss those who are in the streets, you actually offer a solution to their problem. Then again, better to be on the skids in LA than living the high life in Dumas, Texas. That's show biz, huh? Better to gamble on being discoved by the studios tomorrow than to be a ding-dong daddy.

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PT Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:10 Permalink

Any minute now that free-market doo-hickey is gonna kick in and some innovative entrepreneur is going to build homes that the homeless can afford to buy.    (Probably made out of cardboard and with a chic word written on it in a trendy font - something like "Ikea", "MayTag" or "Westinghouse" ...)

any_mouse Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:17 Permalink

Wasn't some billionaire TED talker building large crate homes in the LA area for the homeless where they won't be in the public eye?

Did the guy's attention span time out?

scoutshonor Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:20 Permalink

Nope, those are just a bunch of people that made it into L.A. then abandoned all hope after saying: "fuk-it I am not driving through that shit again."

Zepper Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:24 Permalink

1st world country baby!!!! How fucked is that?!  You wont see this shit on MSM. NO FUCKING WAY! This is the fucking truth... the rubber hitting the ground. 

Faeriedust Zepper Fri, 06/02/2017 - 06:11 Permalink

Yeah.  Like Singapore or Mumbai.  Plenty of wealth for the already-wealthy, plenty of shit for the already-filthy.The solutions are well-known and worked in the 50s and 60s.  Tax the 1% at 90%.  Tax capital gains at MORE, not less, than EARNED income.  Spend tax receipts on infrastructure, public schooling, public health, libraries, free internet and telecommunications services.  Impose rent controls in zones where the "free market" has failed to provide affordable housing for people working at median wages.Round up the top 200 individual political contributors and put them in front of a firing squad. Ultimate responsibility-check for the Ruling Class. The country will get a LOT better within five years.

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shovelhead Faeriedust Fri, 06/02/2017 - 08:17 Permalink

Lol.Well known that rent control discourages multidwelling building anywhere it is implemented. Why would anyone invest in building apt's if there's no profit to be made? The money simply moves elsewhere.Free markets don't "fail", they simply mirror the reality of existing conditions. You ain't gonna build low cost housing on a 15 million dollar lot in LA.

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PT shovelhead Sat, 06/03/2017 - 04:46 Permalink

Land.  They ain't making any more of it.Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location Location...Elasticity.  Barrier to Entry.  Restricted Supply.Question the underlying assumptions.Extortion exists but you simply ASSUME it doesn't.

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Tachyonic Fri, 06/02/2017 - 05:42 Permalink

Why don't all the self-righteous in Hollywood, who make $$$ playing dress up and pretending to be something, pitch-in and buy land/build homes for these poor souls?!?!

PT Tachyonic Fri, 06/02/2017 - 06:01 Permalink

I'm quite sure their mansions have a few empty rooms to spare.  And some of the mansions are probably empty for a significant number of months per year."There was living space for 13 families in this house ..."https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mq__Z-Z_Ofs   On second thought, naaaaaaaa, we all know how this shit turns out in the real world.A home of your own.  If you can defend it.

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