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7 Things You Didn’t Know About Skid Row

For the last few years, I’ve been consumed with learning about Skid Row. Skid Row is home to thousands of homeless men, women and kids. I’ve watched and read numerous articles, interviews and documentaries that showcase the horrific events that take place on a daily basis. This is happening right now, and we choose to turn the other cheek. But, why? Is it because we don’t have to see it every day? Do we not care? Why aren’t we doing anything? I’m here to raise awareness and let people know that this is real. Are you going to turn the other cheek?

7 Things You May Not Know About Skid Row

  1. Skid Row cannot be found on a map, although it takes up 54 blocks in Downtown Los Angeles.
  2. There are roughly 91,000 homeless people living in the Los Angeles County, 15-20,000 can be found on Skid Row.
  3. Los Angeles County has the largest homeless population in the nation.
  4. Most homeless services are in Downtown Los Angeles, hence why the homeless gravitate to DTLA.
  5. The Average age of a homeless person is 40 years old.
  6. One-third to one-half of the homeless population is women and girls.
  7. In the 1980’s LA and NY had around the same  homeless population; 70,000 each. However, ours has grown and NY has cut down that population by half. They managed to do so by creating 16,000 units for housing, LA has only created less than 400 housing units.

So, what can you do?
Volunteer. Write About It. Donate. Pray. Tell Somebody.

This documentary goes inside the lives of the people that live on Skid Row. It’s amazing.

Thank you for reading,

Jocelyn (@Musiq_Gypsy)

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