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Giving a Helping Hand to The Homeless In Los Angeles

by pureinspirationalenergy

Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, many people have been left destitute as they have lost their jobs and homes due to being unable to work or provide income to pay their bills, forcing them unto the street. Among these homeless people come various walks of life that would surprise your everyday citizen, showing them the fragility of life and the system we live in. Tent cities have been commonplace for awhile now and in 2021, the city hasn’t given a full report on the current status of the homeless population but it is expected to grow into 2023. 


The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority released the results of the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which showed 66,436 people in Los Angeles County experiencing homelessness, Friday. This represents a 12.7% rise from last year’s point-in-time count.

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.
Wallace Stegner

Homelessness is a serious issue that should receive mainstream attention. Our politics have been so full of the things that don’t provide us with proper, unified direction in solving some of our country’s most important issues, including the provisions of food, water, and shelter to all American citizens.

Homelessness in Plain Sight

Read a portion of the video’s description below:

“Many of the homeless were inside their tents or tarps. You could hear faint yelling and arguing going on behind their thin walls. Some wandered aimlessly. Others pushed shopping carts or baby strollers around with trash or recyclables inside. Some just laid down on the sidewalks without even a blanket. Others laid in the gutters as if they didn’t have any dignity or hope. As I drove through the homeless areas, many people yelled at me for filming them. Some would get upset for being on camera, and then straight away, forget what they were upset about. Many wonder the streets. You can smell feces in the air. You can hear propane heaters running on every block, behind the large tarps that look like they are there permanently. Los Angeles, like the rest of the west coast, has a big problem on its hands. While some people are temporarily homeless due to a life changing event, for the people on the streets of big cities like this, it’s a chronic issue. Its a very complicated problem. And with that comes a very complicated solution.”

Aiding The Homeless – In The Ways We Can

Many people are aware of the homeless issue, however find themselves more or so unable to fully fix the problem. The costs in Los Angeles are so high that most homeless, if able to find a place to stay, are unable to keep up with the rising price tags that the city sees day to day. The city and the state banded together to come up with a temporary solution called “Project Roomkey” that assists the homeless in finding motel rooms to stay in to avoid the spread of COVID. They are also developing a plan to help these homeless people so they don’t have to return to the streets:

“LAHSA, the County, and partners from the non-profit and philanthropy sectors are working together to develop a comprehensive plan for those who receive temporary assistance under Project Roomkey, so that they do not return to the streets once the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end.

While participants are staying at these hotels, on-site service providers are working with each client individually to develop an exit plan, with the goal of moving them to a situation that permanently resolves their homelessness. In cases where this isn’t feasible, LAHSA will use existing shelter capacity to move people into an interim housing environment or explore other options.”

Residents in L.A are also taking to the streets with acts of altruism, making food in their own homes and giving it to the hungry homeless directly. I found this amazing video that deserves more recognition for its inspiring message, please enjoy:

In essence it’s up to us, the people, to assist a fellow brother or sister of humanity in need when we are able, and to voice the changes we want to see in the world and act, even in the small ways that we can. Like this kind woman, we can make food for the homeless and help ease the pain of those less fortunate in the world. The feeling that is stirred up inside all of us when we see such kind acts is empathy, care, and understanding for those in that position knowing full well when we truly are blessed, and it creates gratitude for not only those receiving the food, but for those who are blessed to have it. It’s these lessons we need to learn fully, and every single person to accept willingly, that we are ONE people, regardless of skin color, money and status, and where we are from. There’s one song that gets this totally right, and I’ll leave here for all of you. Have an amazing, inspired day!

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