On Thursday, November 18, 2021, John Maceri The People Concern, CEO joined Julie Lo, Executive Officer, Homeless Coordinating & Finance Council and Nan Roman, President & CEO, Alliance to End Homelessness to discuss the housing and homelessness crisis in L.A. and across the U.S. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report found that on a single night there are 580,466 people experiencing homelessness in the U.S, a 2.2% increase from the year before. The report also found that People of Color are significantly over-represented among people experiencing homelessness. In L.A., The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority’s (LAHSA) 2020 Greater L.A. Homeless Count found that in L.A. County there are 66,436 people experiencing homelessness, a 12.7% increase for the year before. While social service agencies are housing more people than ever, the number of people falling into homelessness outpaces the rate at which people are being housed.
View the full panel discussion below, moderated by Benjamin Oreskes, from the LA Times, as our panelist discuss housing and homelessness issues, interventions, long-term solutions that center equity, effective policy, cross-sector partnerships and community empowerment to move us forward in ensuring everyone is housed, healthy and safe.