Angela used to live in a tent just like this one and she remembers far too well how it felt to be homeless,and though Angela doesn’t live on the street anymore that’s what she spent the last few nights in solidarity with a She Does movement which supports homeless women in Los Angeles.Angela believes each of them deserves to feel safe and loved.She deserves protection, love, warm. She deserves everything because she is.
This tent city emerged in front of LA City Hall.An attempt to show local authorities what can happen if the city administration continues to ignore the problem.Right now we are in a homelessness crisis,if we keep living this without a crisis response, this is what you’re going to see on every city block in LA.Downtown LA already looks like that and more tents bring up every day.
Today, according to official statistics, more than 60,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless.an impromptu tent cities appear even in front of fancy bare air mansions.
In December 2017, it led to a tragedy.A campfire started by the homeless spilled over to nearby mansions. Dozens were destroyed.And just days ago, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti noted that the situation with homelessness is truly critical.We need to stand up emergency shelters fast and we need to do it now.Shelters that serve as a rest stop on the path to permanent housing.The city has already allocated more than 20 million dollars for building temporary shelters,but some Angelenos oppose what they call a handout to the homeless.Why doesn’t the city want to help those who work, students for example.I would also like to get a small, clean, private apartment but I can’t afford it,and they are giving apartments to people who are not helping the society at all.
Together with her neighbors and local activists,Tatyana is trying to convince the city authorities to ban living and sleeping on the street, so far to no effect.
Marcia Morton Angelina Bagdasaryan VOA News Los Angeles
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