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Get Involved in Our Homelessness Public Policy Challenge

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Homelessness is a serious health problem throughout the United States, and has shown to disproportionately affect Los Angeles County. Since taking office, Mayor Eric Garcetti has made it his priority to address the homelessness crisis.

The administration has a three pillar approach:

  • housing those who are homeless,
  • preventing people at risk for homelessness from landing on the streets,
  • and balancing health and safety concerns with the rights and needs of people who are living in unacceptable conditions.

However, over the past year, homelessness rates have grown by over 23% within the county. According to the city’s annual report, conducted in early January, rising rates were largest in the Antelope Valley and eastern Los Angeles County and lowest in the South Bay and San Fernando Valley.

The drastic increase to nearly 58,000 homeless individuals suggests that the pathway into homelessness continues to outpace intensifying efforts made by Los Angeles’ homelessness officials and political leaders. The report also indicated that the substantial shift in homelessness affected nearly every significant demographic group within the county— children, families, veterans and the chronically homeless.

In response to this public health issue and in order to work towards prevention of displacement and homelessness, LACMA has launched a challenge for medical students from Charles Drew University, University of California—Los Angeles, University of Southern California and Western University of Health Sciences to propose legislation for adoption by the County of Los Angeles in order to reduce the onset of homelessness increase throughout the county.

Learn more about how to get involved in this challenge here.

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