In June 2008 Reuters reported that there are over 73,000 homeless people in L.A. county and that over 40% of these people are women and children. Los Angeles is the nations wealthiest county with approximately 250,000 millionaires. Ironically it’s also the countries homeless capitol with 1 in 4 children living in poverty. Latinos make up over 47% of the population of L.A. county while 24% of Latinos are homeless. Whites make up 74% while 19% are homeless. But the shocker is that blacks are at 9.4% while making up 50% of the homeless population!
Beverly Hills is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Skid Row, home of over 15,000 homeless people.
Here is a good video series on Skid Row that really brings the homeless situation in L.A. to light:
I don’t think people in L.A. are doing enough to bring attention to this matter. How do these wealthy L.A. giants with 150 cars sleep at night knowing that children are starving in the streets just a few miles away? How can the U.S. government allow for this type of situation to remain and for so many years?