On December 27, 2015, Voice of America reported that more than half a million Americans are homeless, one-fourth of them children.
The reporter visits Los Angeles’ skid row and interviews its homeless “residents.”
“Skid Row is an absolute disaster,” says Reverend Andy Bales with the Union Rescue Mission. “We need a change of heart about these precious people dying on the streets.” Bales calls the 50 blocks that make up L.A.’s skid row a “national disaster.”
Homeless veteran Christopher Catarussa never envisioned that he would have trouble finding a job after his military service. An unidentified homeless man says of Skid Row, “What I see can’t be helped.”
While Los Angeles has the highest number of homeless individuals, many other major cities across the United States are not far behind. While 36 states recently saw a decline in homelessness, yet many states saw an increase.
The most common reason for the increase in homelessness is the high cost of housing. While some people living on Skid Row are chronically homeless, many become homeless after losing a job or because they don’t make enough to pay for housing.