Homelessness continues to grow in Southern California. CEO of the Union Rescue Mission Reverend Andy Bales says there are 14,000 more people on the streets of L.A. County than a year ago.
“I call that an unnatural disaster of epic proportions. Anywhere else you have 14,000 people lose their homes in one year, and many died, you’d call that a natural disaster. You’d call out the Red Cross. You’d call out FEMA.”
He says the stress on those living on the streets is severe.
“You’re being devastated hourly and daily. Your life is being destroyed right in front of everybody’s eyes from what you suffer on the streets: Nowhere to go to the restroom, nowhere to get a shower, nowhere to lay your head, nowhere to escape either the heat or the cold … 75% of the 60,000 are out on the streets with nowhere to lay their heads.”
Bales says the money provided by Measure HHH will take too long to get. Money must be applied for this month in order to get funding for building housing by April.
“People cannot wait on the streets for the help.”
Bales was a guest on McIntyre in the Morning.
By Sandy Wells