Surge in Latino homeless population a new phenomenon for Los Angeles
There is a rising number of Latinos who are living homeless in Los Angeles. According to county reports, Latino homelessness shot up by 63 percent in the past year. Latinos delivered one of the sharpest rises in the homeless population and added more than 7,000 people to the surge. Officials believe that Los Angeles’ rising rents and stale wages are pushing many out of their homes. County Supervisor Hilda Solis, stated:
I would say it’s a whole new phenomenon. We have to put it on the radar and really think outside the box when we consider how to help this population. A lot of Latinos tend to come from tight-knit communities and don’t like talking about how they’re struggling.
Over 2 million households in the Los Angeles and Orange counties have housing costs that exceed 30 percent of their income. Latinos are particularly at risk of becoming homeless because many of them are working up to two to three low-paying jobs to make ends meet. People lacking legal status are more vulnerable these days, struggling to find work and avoid public assistance because of the fear that they could be flagged for eventual deportation. In fact, an estimated 20 percent of Latinos live below the poverty level in Los Angeles County. Hopefully people that need help are able to get help to avoid further hardship issues.