Homeless in Hollywood

“People who are homeless are not social inadequates.
They are people without homes.”
Sheila McKechnie

Homeless in Hollywood

The homeless makeshift homes lining Hollywood Boulevard underpass.

The other day I visited the Hollyhock House. The Hollyhock House is the first house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

The house sits high above Hollywood Boulevard on over 26 acres, with views of the iconic Hollywood sign and Griffith Park Observatory.

I’ve been looking forward to this visit for quite some time. The tour was a disappointment. Mostly because you’re not allowed to take photos of the interior and because they only allow access to less than 1,000 square feet out of 5,000 square feet of the house.

But, the most disappointing part of the day was the sight of all the homelessness in and around Hollywood Boulevard. I haven’t been to Hollywood in almost three years and I was saddened and shocked to see the increase in the number of homeless people.

On any given day, at least 800,000 people are homeless in the United States, including about 200,000 children in homeless families. At least 2.3 million people experienced homelessness at some time during an average year. Because more families with children than unpartnered people enter and leave homelessness during a year, families represent a relatively large share of the annual population. As a result, during a typical year, between 900,000 and 1.4 million children are homeless with their families.

What will end homelessness? I don’t have the answer. I know there are organizations in every community to help the homeless. But, until this country decides to take steps to help the homeless, because most cannot help themselves, there will always be the homeless.

Thomas Jefferson had an interesting take on the homeless over two hundred years ago:

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

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