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Managing Homelessness: Southern California municipal and county governments spend a massive amount of money mitigating the crisis of homelessness. Though voters have approved multiple ballot measures aimed at raising money for homeless services and housing, the amount raised by those measures is tiny compared to the public cost incurred through things like police and paramedic response hours, the justice system, health and housing services, sanitation, and emergency room hours. The number housing units being built is dwarfed by the number of people who need help. And more people are falling into homelessness than ever before. How are we going to solve what has mushroomed into a massive humanitarian crisis?
Deep Housing Insecurity: In Los Angeles and Orange County, approximately a quarter of all households fork over more than half of their income for a place to call home. In Los Angeles County, the poorest 600,000 residents scrape by in living situations where 90 percent of all income goes to housing. The result is tens thousands of people living homeless on the street, and hundreds of thousands worried about ending up there. How did this happen, and how are we going to fix it?
Latency of residential segregation in LA and gentrification: Southern California has a troubling history of racialized housing discrimination. Though we’ve moved past the days when cities would literally ban people of certain races from buying property or entering city limits, the legacy of those highly restrictive policies are still with us. They continue driving inequality in education, employment and everything in between.
Stories by Matt Tinoco
City officials point to surging complaints from housed residents and businesses about sanitation and safety issues. Homeless advocates argue the current approach is counterproductive.
If you're a homeless person with nowhere to go but a city sidewalk, park or other public space, can authorities force you off the street? This week, federal judges again said: "No."
The report says the county should shift its anti-homelessness strategy to target populations most likely to fall into chronic homelessness and get them help before they've spent months or years on street.
The central tension is how Los Angeles can balance the constitutional rights of homeless people with health and safety concerns in the public spaces where homeless people often live.
A new generation of homeless advocates argues that, despite billions of dollars earmarked to address homelessness, state and local governments are not moving fast enough.
They've gotten to know their homeless neighbors, and they're pushing for the government to move faster and reconsider how it's addressing a humanitarian crisis.
"Unfortunately, the city is falling very short. Not that anybody expected that these units would be built overnight. But it has been more than two years and we have delivered zero of those units."
Organizers of the massive Los Angeles Homeless Count have some expert helpers — people who are homeless, or who used to be. KPCC’s housing reporter Matt Tinoco has the story.
Every day, hundreds of people in Los Angeles work with homeless residents to enroll in programs and services already available for help.
We talked to the people working most closely on this issue, and here's what they recommend to Southern Californians who want to spend some time reaching out.
Disobeying an order to evacuate is never a good idea. But that's exactly what some Malibu residents did.
Authorities evacuated some animals, but calm winds meant the fire was never a serious threat.
When Californians vote on Proposition 10, they'll be choosing the winner of a more than $100 million dollar spending war over rent regulations.
Is preserving an 80-year-old gas station more important than building new apartments?
One of the most talked about and contested propositions on California's November ballot is Proposition 10, the so-called "Affordable Housing Act."