Hope and Resilience in Skid Row: Exploring Efforts to Address Homelessness in Downtown L.A.

October 30, 2023 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM (GMT-08:00) Pacific Time Tours
Mission Priority Separate Ticket Required
Housing – Affordable and Workforce
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Skid Row is a neighborhood in downtown Los Angeles that is home to a large population of unhoused individuals. One of the main issues facing this community is the lack of affordable and supportive housing. Despite ongoing efforts to provide housing solutions, the demand far outstrips the available supply. Many people experiencing homelessness are forced to live in overcrowded shelters or on the streets, where they are exposed to the elements, violence, disease, and other dangers.

In recent years, there have been several initiatives aimed at increasing access to housing for those living on Skid Row. For example, the city has established a number of permanent supportive housing facilities, which provide not just stable housing, but also access to services such as health care, counseling, and job training. However, these efforts have been hindered by a lack of funding and political will. The high cost of living in Los Angeles, combined with a shortage of affordable housing and a rapidly growing unhoused population, makes it difficult to provide adequate housing solutions.

Despite these challenges, many advocates continue to push for increased investment in and access to affordable housing and supportive services. This tour will visit some of those projects developed to support and meet the needs of individuals experiencing homelessness in and around this well-known L.A. neighborhood.