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Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said there’s a logical explanation as to why numbers continue to surge.
Along with health and housing serving as contributing factors to the homelessness epidemic, Villaraigosa said the American economy, though booming, is a factor.
The economy is working but not for enough people
Villaraigosa said the economy is working, “but particularly working for people at the top.”
“It's true that unemployment is down across the board but to live in Los Angeles and New York, making $12 an hour doesn't cut it,” he said. “So many of these people can’t afford housing when there's a housing shortage.”
So, what’s the solution?
Villaraigosa said cities need to get serious about treating this as a crisis.
“Cities and counties have to work together,” he said. “We have to address the fact that we don't have enough services and housing. I think we're going to have to address a broken CQEA, the California Environmental Quality Act, which makes it so difficult to build housing.”
The way to end the crisis, Villaraigosa added, is to build homes anywhere there is homelessness.