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The homeless of LA

Blog | By James Fletcher | Jul 09, 2020


As a frequent visitor to Los Angeles, one of the most conspicuous and sad trends of recent years has been the spike in homelessness, largely attributed to the high cost of housing. You now see a row of tents above and below every single traffic bridge - and the relatively small downtown area, has people living in tents on the pavement. It’s an appalling sight, especially in a city of such extreme wealth. 66,433 now live on the streets or in vehicles - a 14.2% increase on last year. There are legitimate fears the pandemic will make this figure far worse, especially as California is seeing an increase in COVID cases. The only place that possibly has a worse problem in San Francisco where tech companies and their legions of highly paid staff have made it one of the most expensive places on earth, forcing many onto the streets.