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'Homelessness in LA should be treated as a natural disaster & approached like a chronic disease,' says mayoral candidate


Congresswoman Karen Bass says she will treat homelessness as a "natural disaster" should she be elected as the next mayor of Los Angeles.

Congresswoman and chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Rep. Karen Bass.Drew Angerer /AFP

In an exclusive piece, Congresswoman Karen Bass addressed the devastating homelessness issue that is plaguing Los Angeles, California.

Bass said if she were elected as the next mayor of LA, she would treat homelessness as a natural disaster, meaning that it would receive the same attention and resources as a natural catastrophe.

She highlighted that in the two years since the pandemic began, the humanitarian disaster in America's second-largest city had reached catastrophic proportions.

In her words as quoted by The Guardian, Bass said:

Homelessness is the number one reason why I decided to come back and run for mayor … It has gotten completely out of hand."

Mayoral Candidate Bass emphasized that homelessness in LA would have to be approached like it was a "chronic disease".

Bass' homelessness campaign has some of the following commitments should she be elected:

  • End all street encampments.
  • Provide housing to 15,000 unhoused people by the end of year one.
  • Rapidly get people off the street.
  • Convert empty properties into shelters.
  • Build more permanent supportive housing.

The city of Los Angeles, California, has a homelessness issue that registered over 60,000 people, according to 2020's census by the LA homeless Service Authority.

According to official data, as reported by the media, an estimated number of 160,000 Californians are homeless; from that number, 66,436 are from Los Angeles in 2020's census.

This number is said to have grown by more than 39% in the last five years and disproportionately affects low-income Black and Latino people.

A report says Bass's diagnosis of this homelessness issue is based on her work as an emergency room physician assistant in a LA county hospital, where she treated homeless people.

Congresswoman and Mayoral candidate Kate Bass, at some point, was on Joe Biden's shortlist to become vice-president.

- Do you think Mayoral Candidate Kate Bass has what it takes to eradicate the issue of homelessness in Los Angeles? Is it even possible to end this humanitarian crisis? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. And if you think more people should read this story, share it on social media.

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