The Easiest Way to Fight Homelessness in Los Angeles

Maybe you’ve heard: there’s an election in Los Angeles tomorrow. There’s a lot to think about between the many candidates and measures on the ballot. But if the devastating homelessness problem in LA is something you care about, here’s the simplest way to combat it:

Vote Sylvie Shain for District 13 on March 7th.

It’s understood how frustrating the battle against injustice can be sometimes. Or even just trying to help the problems of the world in any way — donating, volunteering, educating yourself. Sometimes it’s difficult to see where it truly makes an impact.

But again, if homelessness is an important issue for you, and you vote in District 13, you have a clear choice tomorrow. Only one candidate with a chance to replace the incumbent cares enough to make a change. And it’s not Mitch O’Farrell.

Under his leadership, the amount of homeless citizens increased in excess of 1,000 people in the last year alone, a fifth of which are youth and children.

No one chooses to be homeless. Sylvie didn’t choose to have new owners purchase her apartment building and flip it into a boutique hotel. But they did. And then she was evicted. And priced out of the community she had fostered over the years. Her home.

In front of the apartment building that evicted me.

In 2013, O’Farrell supported a resolution to ban feeding homeless people in public areas. Rather than attempt legislation to help the homeless in his district, he and others wanted to sweep it away for residents who felt food bank lines were an “eyesore.” We should not limit access to food, no matter how unsightly one might think it is. If we really strive to fix the root of the problem, those lines wouldn’t be there in the first place.

If you were to see a hose left running in your yard, would you think, “I should turn that hose off,” or, “I wish that water weren’t there”? Only one of those thoughts accomplishes the goals of both.

When it comes to the homelessness epidemic in Los Angeles, there are only two camps: those who want to fix the problem, and those who wish to hide it. The latter is a selfish, non-solution. The former saves lives. Which side of history would you like to be on?

Sylvie cares about the community. She cares about the citizens of Los Angeles. This isn’t just an issue for District 13. Homelessness affects each and every corner of our city. A vote for Sylvie is a vote for people. Vote for someone who wants to create solutions for all of us.