Common Issues for the Los Angeles Homeless

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Common Issues for the Los Angeles Homeless

A heavy rainstorm hit near the San Gabriel River leading to a small tornado and the immediate loss was faced by the hundreds of people who camp and live near the water bank and its dry bed. In the past 2 to 3 years, homelessness in the city and the Los Angeles County has risen over by 12%. It is more driven by unemployment, the lack of money in the hands of people to purchase affordable housing and the cloudless days which could be seen one after the other day and so on!

The drought stands as a perfect pain for the landed and marginal in the Central Valley agricultural communities has made living in the outdoors a lot easier for the urban homeless. To the core, the long-term unhoused people have grown in numbers. While some of them possibly locals forced from their houses because of rising rents, others are roaming young travellers. You may find them loitering around in the evenings, walking in groups, possibly with their skateboards, bedrolls, dreads or so moving towards the setting sun which could be seen on the beachfront after dark.

As per a report submitted by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority, you have around 44000 homeless people living in the county, now that’s a Burlington’s worth of homeless people residing on the streets. You have around 9500 camps, vehicles and lean-tos serving as residence.

You have a lot of common issues with the homeless people of Los Angeles and one of them is health for sure. Homeless people have a comparatively higher risk of getting chronic and acute illness. You have precise data which actually reveals that there is prevalence of specific diseases amongst the homeless people in comparison to those who have homes to live. Yes, the homeless people are associated with a number of mental and physical issues.

Homelessness enhances the risk of developing health issues like skin disorders, extremities, it adds to the risk of trauma, especially when the homeless has faced things like physical assault or molestation. It turns out to be a serious illness from a minor health issue. And this is not it. You have the risk of catching lice in Los Angeles. The bites of lice are so painful and itchy that it gets quite tough for a person to survive without home in Los Angeles. It is very important to get them treated to avoid any serious conditions from coming up. People those who are homeless are seen to discover lice on their body and head. Being a serious condition, the patients are treated instantly.

The other health issues which may occur or are commonly linked with homelessness comprise of malnutrition, parasitic contamination, dental issues, venereal diseases, contagious hepatitis and more. While the health risks are seen constantly on the rise, the government of Los Angeles is doing its best to keep the people secure and healthy. The management surely needs to locate house to the homeless and make them secure, mentally and physically.

 

Mary Andersen

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