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Wealth & Poverty Review New Documentary Sheds Light on LA Homelessness Crisis

In many ways, homelessness is a very visible issue. Especially for those who regularly walk the streets of cities like Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York City, homelessness cannot be ignored. Yet, one of the greatest obstacles to solving homelessness is generating interest. The vast and multi-faceted nature of homelessness discourages many from pursuing solutions. It seems unsolvable.

Documentaries won’t fix this alone, but they are a great tool for raising awareness and persuading viewers to act.

Reason Magazine, a libertarian publication, released a half-hour documentary this summer on the dire homelessness situation in Los Angeles. It is a compelling presentation, highlighting the failure of the Los Angeles government to provide practical solutions and featuring those who are daily working to provide housing and other services to the homeless.

It should be noted that housing is not the only solution needed as we wrestle with the issue of homelessness. The above documentary is a good overview of the problem of government incompetence and fiscal waste. Too often, state bureaucracy stands in the way of solutions. But the problems of mental illness and drug addiction are only mentioned briefly, problems that contribute greatly to the suffering of the homeless and must be addressed in conjunction with housing in order to provide a truly humane solution.

Other recommended documentaries: Chris Rufo’s Homelessness and Chaos by the Bay or KOMO News’s Seattle Is Dying and its sequel, The Fight for the Soul of Seattle.

Caitlin Bassett

Caitlin Bassett was a Policy Analyst and Communications Liaison for the Center for Science & Culture and the Center on Wealth & Poverty. Her main areas of focus are in Big Tech and its impact on human freedom, as well as homelessness and mental illness. In her free time, she enjoys delving into Lewis and Tolkien, cosmology, and running around historical sites on the East Coast. She graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with her Bachelor’s in Politics and Policy.