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Homeless Services Don’t End Homelessness

February 17, 2016
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Homelessness is often described as a problem we must solve—and Los Angeles city and county now have expensive plans to do so. Homelessness is also an industry. And as George Mason professor Craig Willse shows in his book, The Value of Homelessness: Managing Surplus Life in the United States, that...

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My Improbable Descent Into Homelessness

September 14, 2015
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The homelessness issue in America can feel like an overwhelming and abstract problem. As such, it’s understandable that politicians talk about it in broad terms and propose broad policies that treat all types of homelessness as the same. But as someone who was homeless until quite recently and is committed...

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Homelessness Is Not Inevitable

June 30, 2015
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Ten years ago, Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez attended what he refers to as a “dog and pony show” on Los Angeles’ Skid Row. Its topic: the plan to end homelessness. “And yet,” Lopez told a standing-room-only crowd at a “Thinking L.A.” event co-presented by UCLA and Zócalo at...

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Don’t Give the Homeless Your Sympathy

June 26, 2015
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It doesn’t take more than a stroll down a city street to see that America has a homelessness problem. The guy tucked into in a stained blanket on the bench, the woman pushing a cart filled with everything she owns—from New York to Los Angeles, there are more than half...

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Cruising East L.A. Before Dawn

February 17, 2015
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by Aurelio Jose Barrera Every morning I wake up before 5 a.m. and head out from my house to walk for an hour. But one or two days a week, I load up my old bike with food that I deliver to my homeless neighbors in East L.A., and in...

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Why Are Politicians Pretending to Be Homeless?

January 15, 2015
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In the mythology of ancient Greece, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, disguises himself as a beggar to gain an advantage over his enemies. In Shakespeare’s King Lear, a nobleman masquerading as a vagabond helps shift the monarch’s sympathies. The past year marked a new trend in the electoral cycle: politicians “going...

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