How does Los Angeles County end homelessness? Advocates are split over a solution
By Steve Scauzillo, San Gabriel Valley Tribune | POSTED: 06/28/16, 5:44 PM PDT
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For Los Angeles-area officials hoping to solve the region’s acute homelessness crisis, it’s clear spare change will no longer cut it.
When the L.A. County Board of Supervisors on June 14 voted to ask the state for a declaration of emergency, they reached out with an empty hat in hand, hoping Sacramento lawmakers could part with $500 million from a fund for rehousing efforts.
That’s just one move among several by the board to increase spending on the homeless this year.
Recently, the board vowed to triple its budget for homelessness spending, to up to $150 million each year. Board members also are pushing a millionaire’s tax that could raise $243 million annually.
Each Homeless Person is an Individual Created by God
Helping someone less fortunate than yourself is a selfless act that can have
a tremendous impact on the life of another human being.
What do you feel when you encounter a homeless person at an intersection or freeway off ramp? Fear? Pity? Guilt? Indifference? Or, do you simply look the other way? You can’t miss them when walking around a city. They are pressed up against buildings or into corners holding make shift signs, asking for money, perhaps pushing a grocery cart with all their possessions. We must remember that each homeless person is an individual created by God experiencing unique circumstances that led to homelessness.