The recent Los Angeles Times report also adds the shocking news that the numbers have increased in the area by nearly 50% in just four years! There are many reasons for the disturbing statistics, including drug and/or alcohol addiction and mental illness. Adding to the problem is the never-ending inflation that is devastating America’s poorest.
I see sad examples of homelessness on my daily hikes along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood. The dozen final miles of the nation’s Route 66 then pass through the luxury communities of Beverly Hills, Bel Aire and Westwood, on to Malibu and other Pacific Ocean beaches.
Among all of those displays of great wealth wander some of the saddest, poorest people in our nation. Other than individual reasons for being homeless, their tragedies are made worse by California’s grossly high prices of real estate, rentals and all other ever-increasing sky-high costs of living.