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‘The Advocates’ documentary goes street level on Los Angeles’ homelessness crisis with the people fighting it on the front lines




 A tent stands on E Sixth Street at Gladys Avenue in Skid Row on Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015.
A tent stands on E Sixth Street at Gladys Avenue in Skid Row on Thursday morning, Dec. 17, 2015.
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Ask almost any Angeleno what the biggest issues facing the city of Los Angeles in 2018 are, and you’re almost certain to hear homelessness as one of them.

On any given night, more than 30,000 people experience homelessness in the city of L.A., according to the most recent numbers from the Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. That number balloons to more than 50,000 for Los Angeles County. Initiatives like Prop HHH at the city level and Measure H at the county level have started the ball rolling on local government addressing the problem on a larger and more permanent scale, but it’s homeless advocates and outreach workers who are doing triage on a day-to-day basis on the ground.

Director Rémi Kessler’s new documentary “The Advocates” examines Los Angeles homelessness epidemic through the eyes of three service providers, looks at some of the political solutions to affordable housing being proposed and carried out, and explores how local government officials are dealing with the ever-growing problem.

Today on FilmWeek, Kessler and two of the homeless services providers featured in the documentary join Larry in studio to talk about making the film, where the City and County of Los Angeles are at in terms of fulfilling the mandates set out by Prop HHH and Measure H, and what homelessness looks like from the viewpoint of those who are working on the front lines of fighting it.

For more information, you can head to the FilmWeek page at KPCC.org where we have a link to purchase tickets.

Guests:

Rémi Kessler,  director of “The Advocates”

Rudy Salinas, homeless advocate featured in the film; he is chief program officer at The Center at Blessed Sacrament, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit dedicated to ending homelessness and isolation in Hollywood, and former program director at Housing Works, a Los Angeles based affordable housing nonprofit

Mary Kirchen,  homeless advocate featured in the film; she is the founder and director of development at Housing Works, a Los Angeles based affordable housing nonprofit



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