Homeless in Los Angeles
The total 2020 population of LA is 12,447,000 and around 66,436 of the people are homeless
According to USC Lusk, LA has 13,725 “vacant residences”.
In 2019 it was reported that 28.9 million people (not including the elderly) in the us are uninsured due to the inability to afford it
Reasons for Homelessness
There are many reasons of why people become homeless which can be because of unemployment, illnesses or disabilities, and issues at home. Many don't have access to the resources that they need for example access to health care, or aren't able to afford necessary products or housing in LA.
Homeless in the United States
“...from the National Alliance to End Homelessness puts the number of homeless people at 552,830. There are more than 17 million vacant homes across the U.S., according to the Census Bureau.” ✣ According to the white house, 0.2% or 17 people/ 10,000 of the population is homeless.
There are many solutions that try to better the problem regarding homelessness which include solutions like housing where they try to create more spaces for people to live who struggle financially. Another solution was the Fostering Education Connections Act from 2008 where they would help children in trying to them build a successful career path.
We have thought of many solutions and ideas in trying to make our plan effective and helpful for our community some ideas is designing an app or website where it has a list of resources to help people find their needs on the application. Another idea which seems to be what we are focusing on is making care packages for those in our community who need it. We could also try to contact or meet with government officials in our area to help us help make housing more affordable or find other possible solutions.
Common Healthcare Survey
The results from this survey showed that from January to June of 2020 people aged 19-64, 43.4% were not properly covered from their health insurance. The reason for why they weren't properly covered was because they could not afford it or were paying off other medical bills.
Healthcare: Affordability and the A.C.A
In terms of the best healthcare, Canada currently ranks number one. The US is ranked #15 and costs more than double the amount healthcare costs in Canada.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, roughly 23 million people currently have health insurance
Healthcare in the U.S vs. the World.
In 2019 it was reported that the US spent 11,000/person on healthcare, Switzerland spent 7,700/capita, wealthy OECD excluding the US spent 5,500/person.
Compared to other developed countries, Americans spend 4x as much on pharmacy drugs.
Healthcare and medicine is usually ran by the government in other countries but in the us pricing depends on the market industry
Reality of the Situation
Every year 2.5 million children experience homelessness. 40% of homeless children have some sort of mental issue. More than 50% of homeless veterans have either a mental or physical disability. Homeless people have a lower life expectancy. Most homeless children are either disowned or escaping from an abusive relationship. Children who come out as a part of the LGBTQ+ community are 120% more likely to experience homelessness