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Housing and Homelessness Reporter
The reality is housing is unaffordable for the majority of people who call Southern California home. Tens of thousands are falling into homelessness. Despite the presence of tremendous regional wealth, the resulting humanitarian crisis continues to worsen.
As for me, I was born and raised in Greater Los Angeles. My family moved from rental house to rental house until my grandfather passed, and we inherited his 980 square-foot house (without a mortgage) in North Hollywood. These days I live ‘over the hill,’ in a rent stabilized apartment.
Before I began work for KPCC, I worked as a freelance journalist in Los Angeles, fact-checked for Mother Jones Magazine in San Francisco, and was previously employed by LAist.com.
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Stories by Matt Tinoco
Report authors recommend lawmakers pursue a tax on vacant homes. They say such a penalty would discourage the practice of investing in vacant housing stock purely for financial gain.
For the more than 100,000 people living homeless in California, each day is is a personal health crisis. Now, some doctors are taking healthcare to the street.
The Los Angeles City Council's homelessness and poverty committee on Wednesday recommended repealing a controversial ordinance prohibiting homeless people from sitting or sleeping on sidewalks.
Where Can LA's Homeless Sit And Sleep? The City Could Repeal And Replace A Contentious Rule About That
Local homeless advocates say the proposed changes would be"inhumane" and would "effectively create containment zones" across the city.
The city of Los Angeles gets thousands of requests to clean up homeless encampments. But how the city responds can make it harder for people to get off the street.
LA is spending big to try and get people off the streets. But sometimes it seems like the city is working against itself, especially when it comes to encampments.
The reality is that unless you're lucky enough to already own property, or be among the L.A.'s highest earners, your dream of home ownership is probably out of reach.
The bottom line: Need far eclipses the amount of public and private aid available.
City officials point to surging complaints from housed residents and businesses about sanitation and safety issues. Homeless advocates argue the current approach is counterproductive.
If you're a homeless person with nowhere to go but a city sidewalk, park or other public space, can authorities force you off the street? This week, federal judges again said: "No."
The report says the county should shift its anti-homelessness strategy to target populations most likely to fall into chronic homelessness and get them help before they've spent months or years on street.
The central tension is how Los Angeles can balance the constitutional rights of homeless people with health and safety concerns in the public spaces where homeless people often live.
A new generation of homeless advocates argues that, despite billions of dollars earmarked to address homelessness, state and local governments are not moving fast enough.
They've gotten to know their homeless neighbors, and they're pushing for the government to move faster and reconsider how it's addressing a humanitarian crisis.
"Unfortunately, the city is falling very short. Not that anybody expected that these units would be built overnight. But it has been more than two years and we have delivered zero of those units."