Homelessness in Los Angeles: An Epidemic Within a Pandemic

I’ve lived and worked in L.A. county for about 14 years now, and it’s impossible not to notice how the homelessness problem has been steadily increasing year after year. In fact, California has ¼ of the nation’s homeless, and in Los Angeles there are 66,436 people living on the streets--an increase of 12.7% from 2019.  And now with the pandemic issues, in addition to the already high rents and lack of affordable housing, who knows how much that number will increase over the next few years. Here are a few more statistics as listed from the Los Angeles Almanac website http://www.laalmanac.com/social/so14.php :

  • 12% are under age 18.
  • 32% are female.
  • 20% are in family units (often headed by a single mother}.
  • 17% are physically disabled.
  • 38% are chronically homeless.
  • 24% have substance abuse disorders.
  • 22% suffer from serious mental illness.
  • 29% experienced domestic/intimate partner violence.

Fortunately, there are some really amazing organizations doing incredible work to help these people, and you can read about a few of them here https://www.lamag.com/article/homeless-charities-los-angeles/. Art Of Uniformity™ is dedicated to using art and fashion as a platform to bring more awareness to both social and environmental problems that we face locally and globally. Our most recent “I Love L.A.” t-shirt pays homage to our great city not only through the original art, but also by donating 10% of proceeds from each shirt to the Midnight Mission, a non-profit organization in downtown LA that has really great programs and resources to help our city’s homeless. Everything from housing, and healthcare to mental health services and job preparedness. You can learn more about them by visiting https://www.midnightmission.org/. This goes without saying, but we'll say it anyway...we you L.A.