The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

The Shelter Shuffle Is No Solution to Homelessness

Apr 26, 2021

Countless number of people are being left penniless and homeless by Los Angeles’ sky-high housing costs and minimal wages. Homeless can be seen throughout the city.

So, when Los Angeles riot police cleared the homeless people out of the Echo Park encampment of 200 tents filled with more than 300 people, the L.A. city officials and politicians promised that every person living in the encampment would get accommodations.

However, the city funneled only 180 into shelters and motels. And most of those were bounced around from one motel to another. Others were kicked out of the motels and soon found themselves on the streets all over again.

Only one person of the hundreds in the encampment was able to get permanent subsidized housing. In the end, the city’s promises to find some form of shelter for everyone were completely empty.

This is exactly how city officials have handled the entire homeless crisis so far. Last year, city officials claimed that they “housed” 20,690 people, who had been homeless. But, according to city officials, if a homeless person stays with someone for more than 3 days, that person is “housed.” If a homeless person moves from one temporarily subsidized unit to another, that person is “housed.” If the city purchases a bus ticket for a homeless person to leave town, then that person is “housed.”

As such, the city’s numbers of people “being housed” is nothing but a sham.