It's time to Stop Homelessness From Rising
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Every night there are around 650,000 people, some 75 percent are families with children, without a roof over their heads. But for 80 percent, these crushing weeks will be the only stint of homelessness in their lives. Most have some money a strong work ethic, but are just unable to find work and secure low-cost housing. Providing short-term housing and support services to help the homeless back on their feet is not only the right thing to do morally, it also saves money in the long run by cutting down on other costs to the community.
- Homelessness in America is a “revolving-door” crisis. Many people exit homelessness quickly, but many more individuals become homeless every day. During a year’s time, four or five times as many people experience homelessness as are homeless on any particular day.
- Nowhere is this more evident than in L.A. County - 47,000 homeless, including more than 6,000 parents and children - where the tremendous scale of homelessness threatens the economic stability of the entire region by burdening emergency medical services and the social services infrastructure.
- It is time to treat this crisis like the emergency it truly is. The increasing numbers of displaced homeless people and the lack of ongoing resources to stably re-house them require immediate and extraordinary action.
It is only once our state leaders and communities recognize this state of emergency, that we will be able to begin to mitigate homelessness. This is why it is absolutely imperative that you join me in asking Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency regarding homelessness by signing this petition and sharing it with everyone you know. This will also help to get The Department of Health and Human Services, to recognize that we are all a community and want to keep our community clean as well.
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