VIDEO: Long Beach program and unhoused residents speak on struggles of people experiencing homelessness

Jul. 28, 2021 / By

Tents are lined up on the ground in a ditch next to a street in front of sign welcoming people to Long Beach.

Video by Ella Shapiro of CSULB’s Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities class.


Homelessness is not a new phenomenon. Data shows that the local population of people experiencing homelessness has steadily increased while the average rent in the region has also continued to rise. Per the 2020 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, over 66,000 people in the county are experiencing homelessness — a 12.7% increase from the previous year, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this video, CSULB enterprise reporter Ella Shapiro follows a local community outreach program started by resident Marcella Amoria. Shapiro speaks with Amoria and unhoused residents about the impact of programs like Amoria’s, what people experiencing homelessness today face, and what they want people to know about unhoused residents. Watch the video below.



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CSULB Enterprise Reporters

VoiceWaves partners with the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) each semester to mentor students' community reporting. The Journalism 495 Enterprise Reporting in Diverse Communities course challenges students to build on their journalism skills covering various neighborhoods throughout Long Beach, including North Long Beach, Central Long Beach, Downtown, and the Westside.