By Natalia Angeles
The issue of homelessness is no longer being solved with the homeless community in mind. Instead potential council members use this topic to gain votes.
The City of Angels repeatedly struggles to create solutions and approaches for the homeless situation.
The problem of homelessness stems from the rise in housing prices, low funding of mental health services and a decline in income.
Those in power are no longer fixing these causes.
East Los Angeles College is neighbor to the most populated homeless community in Los Angeles: Skid Row.
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported that more than 4,662 people lived in Skid Row.
This is a huge number of people living on unsafe and unsanitary streets.
Although shelters are being opened and services offered, it is still not enough to get these people off the streets.
Many council members in their district have stated their contribution to the issue of homelessness. For example, suspended council member Mark-Ridley Thomas generated $355 million a year for homelessness programs.
The majority of them are using funds to create shelters and provide aid.
This is only to put on a show.
Without homelessness, many of these council members would not be in power.
The issue helps them put on an image that they are “for the people.”
It often seems council members have to satisfy those in high-power positions, such as the elite.
The only way to do so is by kicking people off the streets and providing them with the lowest form of aid.
The solution to ending homelessness is no longer to kick people off the streets and offer them shelters.
The solutions are to end gentrification, defund programs such as the Los Angeles Police Department and fund mental health services.
These solutions are not being used because this would harm council members with businesses and entire neighborhoods.
ELAC shows its support of homeless students even when other parts of the county don’t help their own homeless population.
End Homelessness California/Shower of Hope partners with both ELAC Campuses (Monterey Park and South Gate). The programs offer housing and help for employment.
There are also many resources such as Jovens Inc who assist in not only providing shelter but also food assistance, transportation support, mental health services and more.
To get involved with the community there are services such as WIN (What I Need) that help homeless students connect with other peers.
The link below has ways students can help support their peers dealing with homelessness.