Can L.A. County Wipe Out Homelessness in 5 Years?
Imagine Los Angeles County with a homeless population that is 70 or more per cent smaller than it is today. That's the vision according to a task force report issued by he United Way and the L.A. Chamber of Commerce, according to KPCC. They have a plan to end homelessness in L.A. County in five years.
Los Angeles Business Leaders Task Force on Homelessness Jerry Neuman believes this is possible, and he points to successful reductions in homeless populations in other U.S. cities such as Denver, New York, and Philadelphia is both proof, and inspiration. We can do it here in L.A. County--where we have nearly 50,000 homeless people--if we are "smart."
Where we are lacking smarts, says Neuman, is that we focus on providing housing, "but not the extra help [homeless individulas] need." That other help means providing "services around you that will support you in your endeavor to become a vital member of society." Specifically, treatment for addiction and alcoholism, mental health care, and health care.