Chapter 2: Solutions to our homelessness crisis

Supportive housing: the basics

Supportive housing combines affordable housing with on-site services such as mental health treatment, substance abuse counseling, job training, and support groups. This type of housing serves the needs of our most vulnerable unhoused neighbors, as well as those of any community impacted by homelessness.

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Affordable housing units rent for less than the market rate and are reserved for people who earn less than average income. Affordable housing is essential because most people experiencing homelessness simply can’t find a home they can afford.

600,000 people in L.A. County spend 90% of their income towards rent. The result is hundreds of thousands of people living one missed paycheck or emergency away from being displaced from their homes. We see this playing out on our streets.

According to the 2019 L.A. County Homeless Count, 53% of people experiencing homelessness for the first time said it was because they lost their job or experienced another financial hardship. In order to meet the need of low-income renters, we need more affordable units.

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How to talk about ending homelessness

Learning how to talk to people about ending homelessness is one of the most important skills you need as an advocate. This includes knowing what to say, how to say it, and when to say it, as well as adapting your message to any situation or audience. Conversations that build trust and personal relationships are at the heart of effective organizing.

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