The COVID-19 Diaries: A perspective from the homeless in LA

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COVID-19 has affected people across the globe, but it has had a severe impact upon those without a home in Los Angeles County. With lockdowns and the inability to find work, many people are struggling to keep a roof over their heads — leaving many with little options.

Homelessness is a complex issue: It’s often just dismissed, with many claiming that those who end up on the streets have addiction problems. That’s simply not the case: a stroke of bad luck could leave anyone without a home.

Everyone in LA, an organization dedicated to the fight to end homelessness by ensuring everyone has a home, increasing care and support, and organizing in every neighborhood across L.A. County, has posted a compelling, yet the heartwrenching account of those living on the streets.

The video below focuses on racism, prejudice, and criminalization in relation to our homelessness and housing crisis.

And to see how COVID-19 is affecting people whose lives and livelihoods are threatened by the high cost of housing in L. A County (millions of renters across Los Angeles are at risk of eviction, a threat echoed in a recent Luskin study from UCLA.), see the video below:

To learn more about Everyone in LA, click HERE and follow them on Facebook.

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Melissa Myers is a trained journalist, working in London and New York. She worked for all of the national newspapers in the U.K. as a celebrity journalist and was News Director of In Touch magazine in the U.S. In 2017, she decided to focus on making a difference in the world and launched her website kindnessandhope.org. When she is not publishing real-life stories that seek to inspire those facing adversity, she is feeding 100 homeless people weekly on the West Side of L.A. and helps find rescue animals a home. Melissa also builds websites for a variety of clientele and runs social media campaigns for non-profits. When she isn't surfing, she spends time with her own little rescue pup, Peanut

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