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In Five Years, There will NOT be an “End to Homelessness” in Los Angeles

To all,
From ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, on behalf of the Skid Row community, we are publicly challenging the recent claims made by The United Way and the L.A. Chamber of Commerce stating that they will “end homelessness” in Los Angeles in 5 years.
Below is a link to a recent article from the Seattle PostGlobe which was updated on December 12th of this year. The article is a report on their city’s 10-year plan to end homelessness which began in 2005. In other words, they are now at the half-way point.
( Please note that the below link is to part two of a two-part series. Part 1 can be found by clicking on “see part 1 here” on the first line at the begining of the actual report.)
For the record, we the residents of Skid Row, appreciate all of the attention that is being given to our current circumstances and living conditions. However, it is totally demeaning and frustrating to hear the “unrealistic” solutions being offered by these so-called “leading experts” as if their ambitious hopes will become our collective reality. It does more harm than good to release “false” information to the media. This is not a game. Our lives should not be played with. To use our dire position on life’s totem pole as a “self-glorifying opportunity” is totally disrespectful, in complete bad taste and a total waste of true opportunity to find realistic solutions to properly combat what will be an ongoing problem, not just in L.A., but throughout cities across America. If the catch phrase of “ending homelessness” was merely to draw attention to their effort, it was done in poor taste. They could have just as easily announced plans of “moving closer towards ending homelessness”, a much more realistic statement that can be seen as a commendable effort.
( Also note in the actual report that there are statistical references to Seattle’s family housing, which is non-existing in L.A.’s Skid Row.)
What is helpful about this report is that we can clearly see that “ending homelessness” is a current and trendy concept that is being used throughout various non-profit circles. We also hear the same “empty rhetoric” that these so-called experts try to pass off as “real-time and truthful satistical information”. Most importantly, we get to read the feedback at the end of the report, which we happen to find most intriguing, to say the least.
Obviously, there are “tons” of similar information available all over the internet. Rather than overwhelm you, we simply chose this document to initiate our “challenge”.
Those that are too weak to bear witness or are faint of heart will need to wait five years to fully understand our position.
Confidently,
General Jeff
community activist-
ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS
Resident Director- Central City East/ Skid Row
Board of Directors
Downtown Los Angeles Neighborhood Council
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