No more homeless on the streets!

No more homeless on the streets!

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NAZAR IVANOV started this petition to National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

 

No more homeless on the Los Angeles streets!

A housing crisis is often the result of a financial one. With incomes typically much lower than is needed to comfortably pay average rental costs, millions of people are financially vulnerable to homelessness and housing instability. A reduction in work hours, a lost job, an illness or an unexpected expense can spiral into an inability to pay the rent, an eviction, reliance on extended family for a place to stay, and, sometimes, entry into a homeless shelter.

1) In a hard reality check for Los Angeles County’s hope of ending homelessness, officials reported Tuesday that the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles and in shelters increased over last year.The annual point-in-time count, delivered to the Board of Supervisors, the number of homeless just shy of 59,000 countywide. Within the city of Los Angeles, the number soared to more than 36,000, a 16% increase.

County-wide, homelessness has increased by 12% totaling 58,936 people (Source: Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority). 

These numbers represent 3,000 homeless veterans (The Los Angeles Times). 

 

Todd Murphy: What does it feel like to be homeless and poor in America?

I was homeless for two years and six months. 

You don’t get enough to eat most of the time. People avoid you. The police may tolerate you or beat you up. The odds are good that you’ll be celibate. You’re cold all the time in winter, and at night in all but the warmest weather.

You’re depressed. You become useless to anyone, and not much good to yourself.

Your feet hurt. You spend your days walking around, and your shoes wear out much faster than most people’s. You’re dirty and you smell bad, too, because you don’t have any way to wash your clothes.So, you replace them with whatever you can find, one garment at a time.

You’re unemployable. People think that you can get a job, but no one hires homeless people (would you hire someone who has no address?). Nevertheless, you’re seen as being lazy, even if you’ll take any job, no matter how menial.

You sleep in the open, because if you find a place with a bit of privacy, it’s also secluded enough that you can be beaten up with no one seeing. Bad cops, drunken violent people, and other predators don’t like to work in full view.

You die, on average, 30 years younger.

2) People Experiencing Homelessness in America per Year by Type, 2007–2018: Overall 552,830, Individuals 372,417, People in family 180,413, Chronically Homeless Individuals 88,640, Veterans 37,878, Youth 36,361. Most studies show that single homeless adults are more likely to be male than female. In 2005, a survey by the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that single men comprised 51% of the homeless population and single women comprised 17% (U.S. Conference of Mayors, 2005). According to The National Shelter study from 2005-2009, over 8.3% of shelter users are 55 and over and tend to have longer shelter stays compared to younger adults.Los Angeles housed more than 2,800 veterans last year. But nearly that many became homeless, too, so the population of former service members on the streets dropped by just 12 individuals between 2018 and 2019.Vets experience homelessness at a higher rate than the civilian population. About 7 percent of people in the U.S. can claim veteran status, but former service members make up around 13 percent of the country's homeless population, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.In Los Angeles, there were 6,540 homeless veterans counted in 2009.

 

3) Increasing Income for People Experiencing Homelessness!

Income support programs that can assist low-income people, such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or unemployment compensation, help many people withstand economic crises.  Often, however, people experiencing homelessness find these programs to be inaccessible and the benefits offered may be insufficient to help them achieve stability.

Helping people experiencing homelessness increase and stabilize their incomes is a primary goal of homeless assistance programs. While some people exiting homelessness will do so with a permanent rent subsidy that can buffer them from the effects of income fluctuations, the majority must depend on income from employment or benefits to help them pay rent.

In summer 2016 the state approved its largest homeless program, a $2-billion loan to help finance new housing, but the money is tied up in court. 

That same year, lawmakers allocated $35 million for rental assistance and emergency shelters, but staff shortages at the housing department delayed spending the money for 18 months. 

Last year’s package of housing legislation included more than $100 million for programs to help the homeless, but the state won’t begin spending those dollars until fall at the earliest. The spending difficulties come as the state’s homeless population has risen 16% over the past two year.

 

And also people ask why this is not working? I think this is because people who have been homeless for a long period of time find it difficult to start working like other people, and even if they get jobs or receive money from the government, even half of the homeless will not spend this money on the right path. Many of them will spend money on alcohol, drugs or something else.

So this is why we still have so many homeless on the streets.

This petition seeks the public’s support . Please sign this petition and let the homeless know they are being seen and heard, and that the people of the City of Los Angeles, will no longer tolerate this type of inaction on a crisis endangering all of the public health.

 

 

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