In the past, homelessness was looked at as a personal failing, something that only happens to the weak; or it was seen as something that only happens to lazy people. However, in recent years, with the rise of social media and the effort to humanize those dealing with homelessness, many have begun to see the nuances and layers that encompass the struggle of homelessness.
In the city of Los Angeles, CA in 2020, almost 250,000 people needed housing services. Today, 117,000 are still on hold to receive it. The city has the 6th largest hotel market in the United States with over 1,000 hotels and more than 98,600 rooms. The Los Angeles City Council voted to position an enactment on the March 5, 2024 ballot that would house those experiencing homelessness in hotels.
In Los Angeles, homeless encampments are banned near schools and daycare centers. While the City Council made this decision with good intentions, the ban has been highly protested. Many believe that banning encampments is not a real solution to the issue. Why are homeless bans harmful and what does LA’s ban mean for the city?
As the Superbowl nears, the city of Los Angeles has begun making preparations for the anticipated increase in tourism. However, as is for any other major event, the city has begun evacuating major homeless camps surrounding the stadium. This norm of evacuating large homeless settlements for major events communicates a negative stigma of the unhoused population.