Homelessness as a Given? The Loss of Urgency

In Los Angeles, the epicenter of “a particularly brutal style of homelessness” in which 75 percent of homeless people are unsheltered, the attention often goes to inner-city areas such as downtown, Mid-Wilshire, and Hollywood, where anyone can see homeless people on the streets. Striking video footage produced by local ABC affiliate Channel 7 Eyewitness News showed tent encampments throughout the San Fernando Valley, a 260-square-mile suburban expanse with agricultural roots to the northwest of downtown L.A.