Homelessness in Los Angeles

Essay by tinacastro7University, Bachelor'sA+, October 2014

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Christina Castro Sociology 2 T&Th 8:55-10:20 September 23, 2014

Homelessness is a serious problem in our society. People without a home and therefore typically living on the streets are defined as being homeless. This type of behavior is considered deviant; it does not reflect the norms and values of our society. In many cases the homeless populations are treated as total outcasts. A majority of these individuals; have problems with substance abuse, choose to remain homeless because they have become accustomed to that lifestyle, and suffer from mental health issues. Every night in the county of Los Angeles thousands of people are on the streets. As with many aspect of society there are several problems that arise with them. The social problem in this particular news article is that the county of Los Angeles wants to clean the streets known as "Skid Row". People are concerned with what will happen to the homeless population in the area.

One does not have to be homeless in order to recognize that some men, women, and children experience it. We can confirm the realities of homelessness by observing conditions in our own community and surrounding areas. Objective conditions of homelessness can be confirmed by the collection of data such as the estimated 3,400 homeless people who sleep in the 50-block area of "Skid Row" on a typical night. "The county's Department of Health Services aims to have 10,000 new units of subsidized housing available over the next five years. About 380 of them are already in place and a total of 1,000 should be ready by the end of this year. Thousands more units are in the pipeline. Currently, the United Way estimates that 14,000 units of permanent supportive housing exist in the county of L.A."

There are concerns about the homeless population...