KPCC: Services for the Homeless in South LA

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and HOPICS Director Veronica Lewis prepare to give KPCC’s A Martinez a tour of homeless services in South Los Angeles. Photo by Bryan Chan/Board of Supervisors.

Reposted from KPCC’s Take Two with A Martinez

There’s a homelessness crisis in Southern California. The problem was put into focus earlier this month when the results of the annual homeless census came out. The population is up 12 percent throughout L.A. County compared to last year. And for many Angelenos, the evidence is on the sidewalks and in the alleys of their own neighborhoods with people sleeping on the street or setting up makeshift tents. So today, we want to look at a piece that many people don’t see up close — the attempted solutions. That takes us to a place in South LA called the Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System. Listen to the full broadcast here.

Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and KPCC’s A Martinez with HOPICS Director Veronica Lewis and members of her team, including street outreach workers. Photo by Bryan Chan/Board of Supervisors.