The Importance Of Homelessness In America's Skid Row

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Having a place to live is a fundamental necessity in life, it provides protection from bad weather, violence, and it improves the quality of life. Being able to write down an address on a job application should be an easy task to do, yet there are plenty of individuals who are unable to do so. Homelessness is a state of not having a permanent home or a safe and secure place to live in. In the City of Los Angeles they have named a town, "America 's Skid Row", where thousands of men and women comprise the population of homeless people living and sleeping on the street sidewalks, bus stops, under the bridge, makeshift tents, cardboard boxes, and under the tarps. Through extensive research, The National Coalition for the Homeless records Los Angeles, …show more content…
Los Angeles is known as “The City of Angels”, but what’s hidden underneath is the town of Skid Row. There is always an unpleasant side to a beautiful city and in this case, Skid Row happens to be the prime example. Skid Row is showered with hobos, impoverished people, and homeless individuals in a total range of 54 blocks (Union Rescue Mission). There are many factors that need to be considered with homelessness such as the hygiene of the homeless people, the sanitation around the area, illnesses that they can acquire due to poor living conditions and unsanitary practices. The Southern California Public Radio station stated as of August 29, 2016, “There are just 5 bathrooms for the 1800 people living on Skid Row” (Bloom). It can be concluded that these bathrooms are not always going to be sanitary. Public restrooms are a basic necessity for those who do not have houses. To create more bathrooms, the City Council would need to approve adding approximately 50 more bathrooms. In addition, the bathrooms would need to have a 24-hour access period to accommodate the people living in Skid Row. Bathrooms, with showers, could motivate these individuals who have hit a low point in their life. Helping them get back on their feet is a lengthy process, but the access to more basic essentials such as bathrooms is a great …show more content…
Among the many problems associated with homelessness are lack of affordable housing in California where the standard cost of living is very high. Housing prices are based on the materials that are being used and if construction workers can shift the costly materials to a more efficient and affordable materials that they normally use, then the housing prices can go downward. According to a trusted mortgage resource, hsh.com, citizens living in Los Angeles need an average salary of $92,091 a year in order to purchase a house. Building simple eco-friendly houses is a way to prevent homelessness at an early stage. Before someone can become homeless, they can have a choice to invest in a cheaper, more affordable house. For homeless people, they struggle to find the proper shelter that has the right price, but with access to small eco-friendly houses, it allows them to lower the risk of extreme

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