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Making Real

THE PROMISE OF LOS ANGELES

The Right to Housing: The critical path to address homelessness

By Mark Ridley-Thomas

 

Federal District Judge David O. Carter has gotten the city and county’s attention in a very real way. It’s a jolt that wasn’t anticipated but must be embraced.

 

Over the past five years, Los Angeles has dramatically scaled up its response to homelessness. But you would never know it. In a city where systemic inequalities reign, where millions of people live paycheck to paycheck, despite helping 207 people exit homelessness each day, we have not been able to stop 227 more from falling in. 

 

Regardless of where you live, the streets tell a tragic story. Everyone is frustrated, even dismayed. It feels like too little, too late.

 

That is why, when Judge Carter took on the LA Alliance for Human Rights case last spring, a sense of possibility emerged. A federal judge might force all of us to fulfill our responsibility and up our game… READ MORE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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