Homeless Crisis: Toward Solutions

Although we all know that the issue of homelessness is a national crisis, we here in Santa Monica and in all of Southern California experience it on a daily basis. There are now, by some estimates, more than a 100,000 chronically homeless in the United States. Roughly, 6 percent of those live in California, and … Continue reading Homeless Crisis: Toward Solutions

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Refugees in our Midst

The music could be heard from blocks away. A man holding a large boombox on his shoulder, striding down Santa Monica Boulevard toward the Promenade, followed by a couple dancing happily to the loud rhythm. As the celebrating trio drew near, this writer noticed an elderly man dressed in rags and wearing a hospital patient’s … Continue reading Refugees in our Midst

“Gime Shelter” (to borrow a phrase)

“Oh, a storm is threat’ning My very life today If I don’t get some shelter Oh yeah, I’m gonna fade away” Some 1,000 homeless people live on Santa Monica’s streets, without a guarantee of a warm bed or roof over their head. It is a social problem that is region, state, and nation wide, affecting … Continue reading “Gime Shelter” (to borrow a phrase)