States of Emergency
In the last two months Hawaii and Los Angeles have declared a state of emergency to combat the homelessness crisis they are experiencing.
Last month the Mayor of L.A., Mayor Eric Garcetti, proposed a plan that will use $100 million towards the crisis the city of Los Angeles is facing. Mayor Garcetti also said that by declaring a state of emergency they are declaring a “sense of urgency” and a “political emergency”. The Mayor is also wanting to fund the housing first model that has been successful in other cities. There are an estimated 45,000 homeless people in Los Angeles.
A month later the state of Hawaii declares a state of emergency for the same issue. At 465 homeless people for every 100,000 citizens, Hawaii has the highest rate of homelessness per capita in the entire country. The proclamation comes with $1.3 million that will be used in places the state says is lacking in funds. The state wants to focus on aiding homeless services, creating more transitional and permanent housing options, and making the process from transitional to permanent housing quicker.